The Hacker Within, Berkeley

Note: THW will resume in Fall 2017, around when courses start again at UC-Berkeley.


This is a weekly meeting for sharing skills and best practices for scientific computation. In these friendly sessions, peers at all levels of experience share topics useful in our scientific software development workflows.

This meeting would be a great venue for introducing new libraries, showing off useful features of a scientific library or programming language you’re using, or bringing up a computational problem you’re having.


Anyone interested in software development best practices is welcome to come to our meetings.


This meeting takes place Tuesdays at 4pm at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science. Room 190, Doe Library, The University of California - Berkeley.


Tuesdays at 4:00pm. While the main talk should occupy less than an hour, the lightning talks and hacking session usually go on until 5:30pm. See the upcoming topics list or the calendar for the topic for this week.




Participating is really easy.


The tenets of scientific endeavor (e.g., data control, reproducibility, comprehensive documentation, and peer review) suffer in projects that fail to make use of current development tools such as unit testing, version control, automated documentation, and others.

To avoid these pitfalls, this weekly meeting exists for sharing skills and best practices for computational scientific applications. This group is modeled after The Hacker Within, which began as a student organization at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is now reborn as a collection of such chapters around the world. Each of the chapters convenes a community of scientists, at all levels of their education and training, to share their knowledge and best practices in using computing to accomplish their work.