12th Feb – PyLadies AMS at the VU

We are happy to invite you to the fifth PyLadies Amsterdam meetup (http://www.meetup.com/PyLadiesAMS/events/156263982/). Our male colleagues are also very welcome… provided they program in Python 😉

This time the event will be hosted at the VU in the IntertainLab (http://www.cs.vu.nl/en/about-the-department/intertain-lab).

Date & Location: Wednesday, 12th February 2014 at 19:00-22:00, IntertainLab at the VU

– How to get started when learning Python by Lieke Boon
– Feminine Expertise in ICT: An Industrial Survey by Maryam Razavian (VU)
– Python metaclasses by Aleksandra Kłapcińska

– Heroku and Python: 1 on 1 by Claudia Vicol

About PyLadies AMS: PyLadies is an international mentorship group with a focus on helping more women become active participants and leaders in the Python open-source community through education, conferences, events and social gatherings.
Pyladies is organized in 23 local chapters in several cities of the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. The Amsterdam chapter (http://www.meetup.com/PyLadiesAMS/) has been founded in Summer 2013 and it has already organized 4 meetups. Each of these meetups consisted in an evening social event with 3-4 talks on Python programming, tutorials on libraries for particular applications (e.g. data mining) and general best practices in software engineering and attracted around 50 participants.

Sponsors: Thanks to the Computer Science department and the Network Institute (http://www.networkinstitute.org) for sponsoring this event.

For more information: You can post a comment on http://www.meetup.com/PyLadiesAMS/events/156263982 or email: s.magliacane@vu.nl


Tech Labs: Active2Gether experiment

In the Intertain Tech Lab a new experiment will run the coming weeks.

The project, called Active2Gether, aims to develop smart coaching strategies that integrate social networks and modern technology (e.g. smartphones) to empower young people to be physically active. This collaborative project between the EMGO+ institute and the department of computer sciences, has just started with gathering explorative qualitative data.

In order to know what specific barriers and facilitators these coaching strategies need to target, a qualitative study among students (18-25 years old) will explore the most relevant and important barriers and facilitators that this target groups faces with respect to engagement in physical activity. Furthermore, this project  aims to gain insight in the role, usability and appreciation of the different features of a physical activity Smartphone application. To reach both aims two series of focus group discussions among young adults (students between 18-15 years) will be conducted. One set of focus group discussions will explore the most relevant and important barriers and facilitators that this target groups faces with respect to engagement in physical activity. The other set of focus group discussions will be held after exposure to a Smartphone application for one month.

The Intertain Home lab will be used as host for the  focus group discussions. The Intertain Home lab offers great opportunities for recording, monitoring and creating a safe area for the focus groups discussions.  The Intertain Home Lab provides a relaxing and attractive sphere, which is very important for focus group discussions, whereby the participants have to feel comfortable.

Researchers: Danielle van der Laan, Julienka Molle, Anouk Middelweerd, Tim Velten

Hackathon workshop

On Friday March 8, Victor de Boer will organize a small ‘hackathon’ workshop in the context of the Verrijkt Koninkrijk project.

This project has created a linked data set for “Het Koninkrijk der Nederlanden in WWII” and linked it to some other datasets. They already have shown some nice applications but would really like to show how this linked data can be used to create all kinds of nice applications, mashups or visualisations.

If you, or any of your students, would like to join in, you can contact Victor. A real hackathon has coffee, pizza, coke and prizes so these things are present as well! (sponsored by the Network Institute).

The hackathon is the whole Friday from 10h-17.30, but you can join half a day or just pop in. If you want to have a sneak peek at the data: Verrijkt Koninkrijk project and The search interface. Please let Victor know if you are interested in hacking along, so he can order enough pizza’s.

More information at Verrijkt Koninkrijk Hackathon