Lunch & Learn
A meetup where we talk about things that inspire us.
Lunch & Learn
When Artsy was under 50 people, we would hold "Brown Bag" meetings. These were talks on a variety of art+science topics. As we out-grew the format, we started doing engineering "Brown Bag" meetings. Occasionally.
This worked for a while, but was sporadic and mostly the same speakers. Once we moved to a new stand-up format it felt like time to re-vamp our brown bags too.
Our format is pretty simple, every other Thursday we have an hour slot at 12:30 (NYC time) on the calendar for someone to give a talk or presentation. I think Alan described it well on Professional Development at Artsy:
Every Thursday, we do a Lunch-and-Learn session. Historically, we mostly showed off tech we use internally. But over about a year, most of our tech stack has been presented this way, so we also bring in engineers we know at other companies to share what they’re working on.
On the off weeks we have a Show & Tell and those weeks where we can't find a Lunch & Learn speaker we fall back to doing Show & Tell.
So far, from external contributors we've had:
- How Buffer does Transparency by Katie Womersley
- How I got started in OSS by Henry Zhu of Babel/Behance
- A D3 Overview by Amit Schechter of TWO-N
- How Zalado Works by Laurita Apple and Alexander Kops
- The ODEN Tech Stack by @ODEN_tech
- Creating a Research Dept in a Startup by Joe Carrafa of Warby Parker
- Data Scince at Tumblr by Nicola Barbieri
- Marketing Automation by Jon Hyman of AppBoy
- How we use Docker by Devon Blandin of Code Climate
- Technical Dept at Meetup by Yvette Pasqua
- OSS in the fast lane by Felix Krause of Google/fastlane
- What is C4Q by Jukay Hsu of C4Q
- Getting started in cryptocurrency trading by Jake Brukhman of Coinfund
- NYTimes Career Ladder by Brian Hamman
- Swift & The Blockchain by Tamar Nachmany
- CI & CD at Spotify by Jason Palmer
- Building great API clients by Haroen Viaene
- Using The Art Genome Project data in computational sociology by Taylor Brown
- Events listings & direct support for art spaces by withfriends.co
- Conflict-free Replicated Data Types by Andrey Sitnik
Here are some examples of internal presentations:
- The Artsy WeChat launch
- A retrospective on a recently launched feature written in React Native
- An introduction to the Artsy sales team process
- How we use Hokusai to deploy software
- How to use vim
You're probably seeing this as an external developer to Artsy, who has been invited to talk.
The format is definitely not set in stone, however these are what has worked for us internally and for past contributors.
Traditional conference/meetup style: You bring slides, we watch. You talk, we listen. You finish, we ask questions.
We don't expect conference/meetup-level presentation or practice. A lack of polish is okay. This is a great opportunity to present new talks ideas.
More informal, you can come with other speakers and talk about the ways in which your company works. Covering your tech stack, the decisions behind them. With the presentation mainly being a series of demos, and showing code architecture.
- Arrive at Artsy by 12:15pm (401 Broadway, 26th Floor, 10013 - Canal St is the closest station)
- Our receptionist on 26 will get in touch with whoever you've been in contact with, probably [Orta] or Ash
- They will get you set up on our 27th floor Classroom
- We will set up a stream for global developers and slides
- We have until 12:30 to get any technical difficulties sorted out (the docs are here)
- You give a presentation (~30 minutes)
- We ask a bunch of questions (~15 minutes)
- Whoever helped get you set up takes you out for lunch on us
Artsy Engineering now owes you, and your company a talk back. Feel free to arrange that whenever you like.
We also ask that we get a recording of the talk (kept internal within Artsy), for colleagues who couldn't attend or want to review your awesome talk later. This is done through Zoom.us automatically, no additional setup is required. We'd like to get a copy of your slides, too. Of course, we're happy to send you a copy of the recording.
If you don't want to be recorded, no problem. We understand that you might talk and show things that are not for public consumption. We will not share anything externally without your express permission.