TheHackathon begins tomorrow and we are thrilled to announce that Claire Donoghue and Marily Nika will be joining us as MCs. Here’s a little bit more about the dynamic duo who will be running our Hackathon.
Marily Nika received a PhD from the Dpt. of Computing Science at Imperial College London, where she created a model for predicting internet-based phenomena, such as as virality. During her PhD she interned at Facebook’s Measurement team and she is currently working at Google in Silicon Valley, for the Speech / Assistant team.
Marily has given 3 TEDx talks, she received the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Influence Award in 2015 and a medal of outstanding excellence from Imperial College London for her work in championing the women in tech community. She was the first Greek woman to receive the Google Anita Borg scholarship, she is now the director of the London Geekettes Chapter and is always trying to find new ways to empower women in science both in the UK and globally. She organized the UK’s first women-only hack at Facebook London in 2013 and has participated and judged a total of 20 hacks up to date. The most memorable one being HackEd, sponsored by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where her team won the 2nd prize.
Claire Donoghue recently completed her PhD in the computing department at Imperial College London. She writes software to diagnose osteoarthritis through automated analysis of medical images. Claire’s interests are in machine learning and computer vision. In her current role, she is working towards commercialising and extending her PhD project.
Prior to Claire’s PhD, she was a software developer in a large investment bank for 2 years. During this time less than 5% of the software engineers were female, she hopes through projects like the Geekettes this figure will be closer to 50%.
We’ve only got a few tickets left from our last release for hackathon participants, so go quick andget registered.
Grab a seat to watch the culmination of all the hard work our hackers put in over the weekend. Today, we’re releasing spectator tickets to watch the presentations of the hack projects on Sunday, 4 December. These are for those who aren’t hacking but want to watch the hacks and winners. You can register for a spectator tickethere.
Cheerio until tomorrow.