Winter bootcamp: an Auckland Software Carpentry workshop

NeSI and the University of Auckland joined forces to host a Software Carpentry workshop at the University of Auckland City campus on July 11-12, 2016. prepared the following blog about the event:

"A two day Software Carpentry Workshop with Python was held at the University of Auckland 11-12th July as part of Winter Bootcamp. For myself, it was the first time helping with Software Carpentry training. It was a great experience to assist as a collaborator, helping others resolving problems with software installation and hands-on exercises, but also learning from all the unexpected situations that could happen with different people around the room, with different laptops, configurations, and different sets of skills.

We happily managed to start training at 9:00 on 11th of July. The first topic covered was Unix Shell, presented by Sina Masoud-Ansari. We warmed up with some useful exercises for real life research or work. In the afternoon the Python session appeared to show its magic to assistants with Prashant Gupta as the presenter. On 12th July we started the day with the presentation of Cameron McLean on Git or “the lifesaver” as Cam himself defined it. During the afternoon participants were consulted about which topic they desired to go deeper. Python was the winner of the survey, and as a consequence we enjoyed another great afternoon in its company.

Additional to SWC sessions, on Wednesday 13th of July a session on Research Data Management was held by Cam, with a different audience, and a more theoretical approach. In general the participants had some experience with the topic, which made for an engaged group, generating some discussions and more knowledge to share among all.

An invitation to hacky-hour on Thursdays was extended to the participants of all the workshops and happily it was a totally success! To finish, I should say that it was a very gratifying experience be part of this event, helping, empowering, learning and motivating others to be part of this exciting world of software development in research environments where world transformation could start!"

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