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  • Rapid Fire Graphic Design

    Graphic design is a crucial, but often ignored, element in the creation of a usable app, website, or product. In this class, we will cover some of the basic principles of good graphic design, while getting familiar the Adobe Creative Suite.

    Prerequisites: None

    Dates: April 5, 2015 to April 19, 2015
    Time: Sundays from 1:00pm - 2:15pm
    Place: Bass Library, Room TBD

  • Writing Efficient Code

    In this series of lectures, you will learn techniques for writing high-performance, efficient code. Topics covered will include CPU cache utilization, data parallelism, and concurrency. Methods for locating and correcting bottlenecks in code will also be covered. There will be no homework for this course.

    Prerequisites: Familiarity with C programming

    Dates: April 3, 2015 to April 24, 2015
    Time: Fridays from 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Place: TBD

  • Android Application Development

    This course will teach you how to write and deploy basic Android applications. We will introduce the Android development environment, and will cover XML and Java programming for Android. Each class will include a 1 hour and 15 minute lecture followed by a 45 minute interactive workshop for guided hands-on practice.

    Prerequisites: CPSC 112 or equivalent

    Dates: March 29, 2015 to April 19, 2015
    Time: Sundays from 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Place: TBD

  • Natural Language Processing in Python

    If you've ever used GoogleTranslate, Siri, or any modern search engine, then you're familiar with Natural Language Processing (NLP). Using Python's Natural Language Toolkit, this course will provide a basic overview of NLP tasks, from word tokenization and text classification to language modeling and sentiment analysis.

    Prerequisites: Some programming experience

    Dates: April 4, 2015 to April 18, 2015
    Time: Saturdays from 3:00pm - 4:15pm
    Place: TBD

  • Full Stack Web Development with Flask

    Flask is a micro framework written in Python. It's extremely light-weight and simple to use, but it's powerful enough to support enterprise-grade applications (Pinterest, Twilio, and LinkedIn all use this framework for some of their core applications). We'll start with a quick introduction on programming in Python, before diving straight into writing server code, integrating APIs, and deploying code. By the end of the course, you'll have built your own custom dynamic blog, complete with user accounts, sessions, notifications, and more!

    Prerequisites: CPSC 112 or equivalent

    Dates: April 3, 2015 to April 24, 2015
    Time: Fridays from 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Place: TBD


HackYale provides student-run lectures in web development, introductory programming, and design. All classes and workshops are presented free-of-charge through our partnerships with the Yale College Council and the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID).

In past years, the students who participated in HackYale have gone on to intern or work at companies like Artsy, Brewster, Foursquare, Google, Microsoft, Origami, Palantir, Panorama Education, Redfin, Trip Advisor, Twitter, UpWorthy, VigetLabs, and more...

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  • Dani Dickstein
    Director, YC'16
    Dani has been hooked on code ever since he could print "Happy Birthday" in a box of asterisks on the screen back in 8th grade. Since then, he has worked at Foursquare, Noodle Education, and small tech startups. He is passionate about code design, and believes code should be beautiful, elegant, and sexy. When he's not programming, Dani enjoys discussing the big questions of life, biking, and eating cereal.
  • Annie Cook
    Events director, YC'17
    Annie has been in love with coding from the very beginning. Last year. She is currently enrolled in her first college English course. Once she learns how to write, she will edit this bio.
  • Rafi Khan
    Former director, YC'15
    Rafi hopped on the code game back in junior year of high school, going on to work on the Crisis Map at Google the summer of 2013. Now he's the co-director and CTO of GAKKO, an education company based in Japan. He dwells at a curious intersection of app development, design frenzy and algorithmic implementation—you can check out his projects here. A connoisseur of fine wit, Rafi spends him time dancing with Yale Jashan Bhangra, crafting puns and just walking around, checkin' stuff out.
  • Alex Reinking
    Course instructor, YC'16
    Alex is a Junior CS and Math double major, and has been coding for almost thirteen years. Though his interests lie mostly in research, he's held several coding positions at large companies and local startups alike. You can check out his website here. When he's not writing code or solving math problems, he can be found rocking his 7-string guitar with his metal band. His weakness is bees.
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