The Product Cohort

PRODUCT COURSES BEGIN WEEK OF March 7th, END May 1.

 

PRODuCT MANAGEMENT

DESCRIPTION: 

How the heck do you "do" data ?? 

Managing large technology teams takes a unique blend of skills and insight. Leading the interdisciplinary professionals through the sometimes stormy seas of data storytelling can be even more of a challenge.  This course borrows from different traditional management techniques and places a high value on learned cause and effect to take you beyond where the "known" roadmaps end for innovative and ambitious projects.  The course is designed to deliver the experience needed to apply insight, intuition, and best practices needed maintain appropriate scope and powerful deliverable of multi-faceted data-driven projects.  Whether you are a software developer or designer wanting to step into a leadership role, or are already a project manager and want to get learn how to create dynamic data projects, or if you are someone who works outside of tech who wants to become confident in your ability to spin up the right technical team to achieve a goal, this class will put you in the captain's seat and experience a real project environment where your decisions and leadership carry the vision and execution of a product cycle. 

MAIN TECHNOLOGIES AND TOOLS: 

Undecided

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: 

Guts, excellent communication skills, experience in leadership role or technical team 

MEETING DAY: 

Mondays 6-9pm, Sundays 11-2pm

Instructor:

Ním Wunnan

 

DATA VISUALIZATION

DESCRIPTION: 

One of the most popular requests we have at Hack Oregon are from experienced developers who want to learn languages and applications associated with visualization.  This course will overview core principals of visualization forms and components, teach what kinds of visualizations are best to display certain types of information with sensitivity to a non-technical audience, and take a highly user-driven, design thinking approach to "why" we create dynamic and interactive models.  We'll cover best tools for visual exploration and specific storytelling, and learn when open source technologies (like D3) get the job done best and when and how to start from scratch and go custom.  Hack Oregon will open up datasets and case studies from past and current projects--- so we can keep things interesting while we're learning by uncovering unseen data stories about our city! 

MAIN TECHNOLOGIES AND TOOLS: 

D3, Javascript, React.JS, SVG, little bit of Python 

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: 

Intermediate or strong command of Javascript, or extensive familiarity with other coding languages and applications of data analysis 

MEETING DAY: 

Mondays 6-9pm, Sundays 11-2pm

Instructor:

David Daniel

 

WEB DEVELOPMENT 

DESCRIPTION: 

Learn about responsive web development and single page applications from the ground up, utilizing React and Bootstrap.  Structure your site with React components and Facebook’s Flux architecture to build an easy to maintain and reactive application with a unidirectional data flow. Develop unit and end to end testing skills to ward off bugs and other unwanted “features”. Examine organizational techniques that will prepare you to quickly build and deploy maintainable applications. Course will begin with basics and move quickly into project work. 

MAIN TECHNOLOGIES AND TOOLS:

React, Bootstrap, Flux

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: 

Beginners grasp on Javascript, HTML, and CSS

MEETING DAY: 

Tuesdays 6-9pm, Sundays 11-2pm

Instructor:

Daniel West

 

Cartography

DESCRIPTION: 

*4 week course*

The course focuses on interactive mapping for the web and introduces fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems. Topics include geospatial data and analysis, desktop GIS and cartography, interactive web mapping and geovisualization.  Successful students will understand the unique characteristics of spatial data and be able to make visually compelling maps, both static or on the web. 

MAIN TECHNOLOGIES AND TOOLS: 

PostGIS, QGIS, Leaflet, CartdoDB, Mapbox

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: 

MUST LOVE MAPS!

MEETING DAY: 

Wednesdays 6-9pm, Sundays 11-2pm

Instructor:

Joe Dickinson

 

UX/PRODUCT DESIGN

DESCRIPTION: 

Going beyond making things beautiful, data visualization needs to be useful, unbiased, and in the best of worlds-- instantly impactful.  To do that information needs a powerful purpose. 

In this way, interactive visualizations are more than a feature, they are the heart of a product.  How do you design a human experience around data?  How is that experience a product?

Our UX teams at Hack Oregon spend a lot of time moving between the worlds of data science and visual design with the understanding that the end product and user-impact has everything to do with the questions we think to ask from the data we decide to use.  They are moving pieces on a chess board, and we'll teach you how to play. Expect to learn the basics of design thinking approaches to user-driven research and product testing, integrated with real project work and living, breathing, emotionally charged data. 

MAIN TECHNOLOGIES AND TOOLS: 

Undecided

RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITES: 

A strong sense of curiosity, logic, and creativity.   Previous experience on any part of a digital product team is highly recommended, but you could literally be an art director or a linux developer and be equally amazing. 

MEETING DAY: 

Thursday 6-9pm, Sundays 11-2pm

Instructor:

Ryan Gantz



Sign me up please!

Seats are limited, and the enrollment period is short.  We will be interviewing each potential student by phone to make sure it's the right fit for everyone.  Get on the list now and tell your friends! 

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