Today was day 1 of Recurse Center (formerly known as Hacker School). Day 1 has been awesome and very, very exhausting – but in a good way. I’ve met a ton of cool people and there are still many more to meet.
I spent the day just chatting to different people, getting a feel for the various projects being worked on. I tried to understand the backgrounds and skills people have. Everyone here is awesome. Here’s a rough summary of things I participated in today,
- Talking to everyone – tried my best to be a social butterfly.
- Attended a “Learn Haskell” session with Alan (Facilitator). It was a good learning experience. My coursework on ML from the Coursera Programming Languages class has made a lot of Haskell easier to understand but I’ve still got a ways to fully wrap my ahead around a fully functional language.
- Discussed ways Nikki Bee can refactor her existing word scrambler program
- Briefly hovered over the shoulders of Bob and Serban as they were going through the React Native tutorial
- Talked to Deanna about Robotics, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, writing C/C++ code, contributing to Open Source projects, and technical interviews.
- Talked to Neha & Dakota about Machine Learning, MIT, computer science Masters vs PhD
- Talked to Michelle on Crypto Pals which are a set of cryptography problems that one can solve in any language, they’ve helped Michelle get a deeper understanding of Python.
- Talked to Andrew about studying algorithms and doing daily training in those areas.
- Talked to Serena briefly about her work on reimplementing K-means, working with NLP, and other things.
- Talked to Anthony on his Android app that collects data from an Android phone sensor
- Attended Neha’s talk on Databases and Consistency.
- Talked to Geoffrey about Taekwondo and his background
- Talked to Heidi about getting more into UI/UX
I’ve probably missed many other conversations but there was a lot of socializing and mixing of ideas today.
Somethings I plan on doing tomorrow,
- Continue on Coursera Programming Languages course, especially the ML section
- Work with Anthony on setting up a REST service that can receive his Android phone data recordings
- Complete the GO tutorial, read Paxos papers
- Start implementing Paxos in GO
- Talk to Andrew & Serena about their NLP work
- Talk to Joel about his React/Haskell work if time allows
My goal in general is to spend the next 2 weeks just absorbing and learning from others. I’m not too interested in purusing my own projects just yet. I think there’ll be plenty of time for me to pursue my own projects later.