Knerd shirts: maybe you’ve seen them around Union Square or on the subway. Here at Knewton, we’re big fans of our oh-so-soft American Apparel tees. For our last hack day, our Head of Recruiting, Dave Garfinkel was inspired to create his very own T-shirt cannon. Facilities Coordinator Patrick Ward and Software Engineer Nick Ward helped turn his vision into a reality. Check out this video of the cannon in action. On November 1, we’ll be… Read more
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This Tuesday, we hosted our biggest meetup yet! Over 150 people came out to hear Jose Ferreira, our Founder & CEO, speak on a panel with Greg Gunn, Entrepreneur in Residence, City Light Capital & Co-founder, Wireless Generation; Harold Levy, MD, Palm Ventures; & Laurie Racine, Founder & MD, Startl.
Join us on Tuesday, November 13 at one of the nation’s finest research universities, the University of Chicago. Esteemed Knerd and U of Chicago alum, Jordan Lewis will talk about tackling some of the world’s toughest engineering problems. Click here for event details! Here’s Jordan: And here’s David Yourdon, another Chicago alum at Knewton.
This past Tuesday, Knewton hosted one of NY’s most intense machine learning/big data events of the year. Over 100 people came out to mingle and listen to an awesome lineup of speakers. If you have the time, check out the full recording: Otherwise, here’s a quick look at what went down. The evening was kicked off by one of Knewton’s lead data scientists, George Davis. George talked about how Knewton develops scalable statistical models of… Read more
In the past few weeks, we’ve welcomed five new engineers to the Knewton team. Brandon Reiss joins Knewton as a software engineer on our Adaptive Learning team. Before coming to Knewton, Brandon worked at a startup called Organic Motion, where he contributed to all aspects of designing and implementing a computer vision based markerless motion capture system. Brandon studied Computer Science and Mathematics at NYU. He’s a big Seinfeld fan and also likes to cycle,… Read more
Wistia is an awesome startup that provides professional video hosting and analytics services to a number of companies — including Knewton. They recently featured a blog post by our own Jess Nepom with tips for editing video on an iPhone. If you’re interested in Jess’ thoughts on editing apps, check out the original post. Here, we thought we’d feature her final, iPhone-edited product — a video of the first meetup at our new office: “Understanding… Read more
This summer we were lucky to have a rockstar set of interns on our tech team. Here’s just a quick look at some of what they accomplished this summer: Andersen Chen worked on models for estimating the way student proficiencies change over time. Most existing methods are focused on point estimates resulting from tests and surveys, so they don’t concern themselves with how students improve over time — but that’s exactly what we’re focused on! Andersen worked with… Read more
In the coming months, we’ll be traveling to some of the most venerated institutions of higher learning to find rockstar engineers — and bring them back to Knewton. We’ll be at Harvard’s Faculty Club on October 9 talking Knerd shop. Click here for all the event details. Check out this short video we put together featuring three Harvard-educated Knerds!
The trek continues! Next up on our tour of the best engineering schools in the country: Cornell. We’ll be talking Knerd shop on October 5 in the beautiful land of Ithaca, NY. Alum David Siegel will be presenting another great Knerd talk. Join us! Check out the Facebook page for event details.
This post was co-written by Jess Nepom. There has been a lot of talk lately about creating educational videos for your students, whether you mean to use them in class, on the web, or both. Fewer people really talk about the different options for the format of your video — by which I don’t mean the technical file format, but rather the actual style of what will be on the screen. Should you use an… Read more