Girl Develop It! Meetup

In the past, I’ve been “semi-anonymous” on this blog, not advertising my real name or employment. However, if I’m going to start doing “appearances”, I might as well make it easy for people to match up my blog with my name!

So hello, I’m Renee Marie Parilak Teate, and I’m becoming a data scientist :)

I’m about to give a talk/Q&A for our local Girl Develop It! Central Virginia chapter via Google Hangout on March 18 at 7pm EST as part of their “Day in the Life of” series featuring women in technical roles. Here’s the link:
Day in the Life of a Data Analyst PLUS “What is Data Science?” with Renee Teate

I would love for any ladies following this blog to attend and say hi!


I think the meetup went well! (Other than issues with Google Hangouts On Air not allowing as many people as I read it would allow… I need to figure out how to include “viewers” that aren’t in the limited set of “video participants” for the future.) I was nervous and ad-libbing a lot of it, trying to balance between making it understandable for beginners, but including some info for the more advanced viewers. It’s tough giving a talk like this for a general audience. I had fun, though! I’ve gotten good feedback from a few attendees, and we also discussed a future meetup focusing on Geospatial/GIS data, so that was exciting!

Here is the powerpoint from the data science part of my talk: What is Data Science? (PDF)

The books and some of the courses we talked about are listed here, and there are links to the ones I have reviewed: Learning page

For those of you that weren’t able to attend, there is a recording of the meetup here: YouTube

I’ll list more links in the comments as I come across them this week!