One thing I love about working at Civis Analytics is that we have a fantastic learning culture. We share our technical knowledge within our teams on Hipchat, host brown bag presentations and even have a weekly Journal Club where we discuss academic papers. I wanted to expand that learning culture even more to teach and inspire others by showing what you care for and do outside of the office.
When I started back in 2013, I was somewhere around the 30-35 person in the company but now we have tripled in size and have expanded our diversity within the type of job roles. I knew there were those “others” hiding their awesome talents/skills/knowledge all because we might not sit next to each other in our open work environment or at lunch. So lightning talks were an excuse to also get to know others–even if it’s only for those five minutes.
To give you a bit of insight on what I mean when I talk about lightning talks, they are a series of concise presentations, usually five to ten minutes, about pretty much anything. Our fellow Cives have already presented on a variety of topics and I’ve been very pleased learning some interesting facts such as:
* There exists a naturally pink-colored beer!
* Neutrinos let us monitor nuclear reactors.
* HTTPS EVERYTHING! (Also the reason behind it)
and so much more.
I’m glad that we’ve set aside one hour a month where team members have an opportunity to share some insight that others can learn from. It’s only been two months since we started, so I can’t say they’ve dramatically changed things, yet, but I’m happy we continue to foster our culture of learning and providing interesting water cooler topics as our company continues to grow.
Here’s the full list of sessions to date:
- “My One Year with Blue Apron”
- “Crash Course in Buying and Drinking Beer”
- “GTD: Getting Things Done”
- “My Second Job”
- “Intro to Open Source Software”
- “Intro to Ancient Greek Stoicism”
- “Wired Home Automation”
- “Creating illustrated dioramas for home decor”
- “Neutrinos: What are they good for?”
- “Boxing 1-2″
- “OOP in R”
- “Tips on Menu Planning and Home Cooking”
- “Crazy Beers: Has Science Gone Too Far?”
- “Giving Cats Their Second (out of 9) Lives”
- “Edutainment on Youtube”
- “Mt. Everest”
- “Why HTTPS is Important”
Interested in learning more? Connect with us on twitter @civisanalytics and we’d be happy to share some of the things we’ve learned.
P.S. If you are interested in joining our team, where you can learn data science from some really smart people in addition to Greek Stoicism or Crazy Beers, we’re hiring!