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πŸ”— Introductions

farm animals

12:00pm (2 minutes each :arrow_right: ~30 minutes)

  • name
  • optionally, the pronouns we should use to address you in this setting
  • where you’re from & where you are
  • your interests and/or a question from a random question generator!

πŸ”— Workshop Objectives


12:30pm (Charles, ~10 minutes)

  1. to help participants advance their careers by skillbuilding through hands-on C++ and/or JavaScript software development in an academic setting,
  2. to catalyze effective science communication and science pedagogy by helping participants develop the know-how to showcase their research through interactive web applications,
  3. to jumpstart software development on web framework and core digital evolution tools in support of the next version of the Avida-ED scientific and educational software, and
  4. to yield software that broadly enriches the digital evolution, scientific, education, and open-source communities.

πŸ”— Workshop Structure

growing plant

12:40pm (Matthew, ~20 minutes)

  • weekly group meetings
  • one-on-one meetings with mentors
  • weekly enrichment meetings with a brief social activity
  • #social channel on the slack
  • holiday observation
  • blog post and blog post reviews
  • details on the workshop schedule

πŸ”— Our Software Stack

software, apparently

1pm (~30 minutes)

  • overview (Charles)
  • Emscripten (Santiago)
  • Empirical (Emily)
  • MABE (Cliff)
  • Avida-ED (Diane)

πŸ”— Short Break!


1:30pm (~15 minutes)

πŸ”— Project Pitches

clumsy robots

1:45pm (10 minutes each :arrow_right: ~1 hour)


  • project motivation & objectives, immediate and long-term
  • what languages, tools, codebases, etc. the project will build on
  • what working on the project would be like day to day, perhaps with a demo
  • brief overview of your mentorship philosophy, process, and expectations

project matching questionnaire

πŸ”— Short Break!


2:45pm (~15 minutes)

πŸ”— Hands-on with Avida-ED

science otter!

3pm (Mike, ~90 minutes)

web app:

Exploring the Introduction of Genetic Variation by Random Mutation workbook

πŸ”— Project Match Announcement

celebratory horns

4:30pm (Matthew, 10 minutes)