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Thursday, October 6 • 16:00 - 16:50
The Set of Programmers: How Math Restricts Us - Carol Smith, Github

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This presentation will open a discussion about how we are introducing new developers to programming. Most textbooks, tutorials, and trainings begin by introducing new developers to mathematics lessons within the language. Many courses on programming require math skills as prerequisites. However, math prowess is not usually an indicator of one's potential programming abilities. Those people who have been told from a young age that they aren't good at math or generally doubt their math skills often feel excluded from the world of programming unnecessarily.


Carol Smith

Education Partnership Manager, Github
Carol Smith is an Education Partnership Program Manager at GitHub. Before GitHub, she managed the Google Summer of Code program for 6 years and worked at Google for over 10 years. She has a degree in Journalism from California State University, Northridge, and is a cook, cyclist, and horseback rider. She has spoken at 19 conferences and has keynoted such large events as OSCON and LinuxCon Australia.

Thursday October 6, 2016 16:00 - 16:50
Potsdam III
  • Experience Level Any