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Neil M (he/his) | Fletcher student
28:05
Link for Toasting Women Who Tech:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hitachi-center-presents-toasting-women-who-tech-2021-with-ann-mei-chang-tickets-147889963863
Carolyn Gideon
34:07
It turned out there were many more than just few of you!
Josephine Wolff
35:22
https://slate.com/technology/2015/12/the-dangers-of-enlisting-algorithms-in-statecraft.html
Carolyn Gideon
36:05
Upturn: https://www.upturn.org
Carolyn Gideon
38:34
Tabinda wrote her capstone about Mobile Money in Pakistan looking at the role of regulation
Carolyn Gideon
44:34
Sameer was awarded a Hitachi Center Summer Student Capstone Research grant for his work at ITU last summer
Carolyn Gideon
51:22
These events are part of the tech club’s spring break career trek that Neil p lanned
Ashira Pelt
51:25
Thank you all. As the technology field is dynamic and rapidly changing, what specific ways have you seen Fletcher intentionally being proactive and adapting to stay on the forefront.
Kelly
52:12
What prior knowledge do I need in computer science and/or programming prior to coming to Fletcher?
Ned Connolly
52:27
^
Gaurav Sharma
53:38
Thank you for organising the session. Very helpful. Could I speak and ask my Q? (I raised my hand)
Ambika Khanna
54:09
First, could you share if the tech policy field introduces students to how a technology works or develops? I am a lawyer in India, and working on tech policy, but also interested in learning more about technology itself. Second. is fintech part of the course yet?
Emily OConnor
54:31
Thank you, very helpful to hear from all of you. Could you say a bit more about the types of jobs and employers Fletcher Tech and IA graduates typically end up at? Are there any specific companies, nonprofits, etc. that the program has strong relationships with, whether that's for research projects, internships, or job placement?
Neil M (he/his)
57:55
I would say that you don't "need" technical knowledge (coding, programming) to get involved in tech oriented jobs. While there's no pre-requisite, it definitely helps!
Ashira Pelt
57:58
Thank you!
Walker
58:53
What did students/alums in this field of study chose their other concentration?
Walker
58:59
how*
Miranda Bogen
59:15
Agree with Neil! I knew a teeny bit of HTML but that was not instrumental at all in any of the policy work I’ve been doing :)
Jackie Faselt
01:00:49
Only one class that I know of at Fletcher has a pre-req of a single programming class. I wanted to take the class and didn’t have the pre-req so I took a course at Harvard called ‘programming for policy makers’ other students will audit the undergrad intro to CS class to get the experience!
Josephine Wolff
01:00:55
None of the Fletcher courses on tech policy have any programming prereqs (there are exceptions in the CS dept, if you want to take computer science for future policy-makers, for instance); we do cover a fair bit of technical material in those classes (how the Internet works, how encryption works, etc.) but without any expectation of a background in that material
Ned Connolly
01:01:17
Thanks, all. Could folks speak to Fletcher’s Boston location as a differentiator with regards to tech ecosystems, for example the facility of engaging with the biotech community, other academia, etc. Thanks again
Sameer C. Boray
01:03:20
As someone with no background in programming, I took a course at Fletcher (in conjunction with the Engineering School) called “How Systems Work”. We learned about some of the nuts and bolts of computer systems.
Tabinda
01:03:59
+1. I had no comp sci background but got the opportunity to build that through some great courses (Data and Programming for Policymakers, ML and Big Data for Policymakers, the Tufts Data Lab has regular workshops, etc)
Ambika Khanna
01:04:48
Thank you, everyone!
Neil M (he/his)
01:04:51
The Tech@Fletcher club recently concluded a 3 day workshop on Python for Data Vizualisation, FYI.
Kelly
01:05:04
Fantastic! Thanks for all of information!
Emily OConnor
01:09:05
That's great to hear, thank you both to Professor Gideon and Miranda.
Miranda Bogen
01:15:50
So many events and interesting people at the Berkman Center, MIT Media Lab, etc! Boston was a great place to explore this field.
Neil M (he/his)
01:16:02
And of course, Boston is just as sunny and warm as the Bay Area :P
Miranda Bogen
01:16:41
The ACLU of MA is also very active in tech policy issues, and there is lot of civi tech as well
Miranda Bogen
01:16:49
*civic tech
Neil M (he/his)
01:18:01
neil.maheshwari@tufts.edu - happy to answer questions over email!
Ned Connolly
01:18:02
Thank you very much. Enjoy the spring weather