August Online Meeting: Snakes and Queens!

This month, we'll have two talks:

  • Kat Cosgrove - Snakes on a Car: Or, Over-engineering a Toy
  • Aaron David Goldman - Eight Queens in python and rust
Video of Presentation
From YouTube

Snakes on a car: or Over-engineering a Toy

Like a lot of engineers, I like to tinker. I also like hardware hacking, video games, and over-engineering the hell out of something. When my team at work decided to build a proof of concept demonstrating the possibility of fast over-the-air updates for edge devices, we settled on using a car as the example of an edge device. It’s flashy, you know? This also presented me with an opportunity to do all of the things I love, and call it work: build a self-driving RC car, and then let people race it around a track using a repurposed USB racewheel, a handful of open source tools, and whole lotta Python. DevOps, but make it fun.

Speaker bio: Kat Cosgrove

Kat Cosgrove is a chronic early-adopter of new technologies and a real-life cyborg. Her professional engineering background is in web development, IoT, and programming education, but today she's a Developer Advocate for JFrog. She loves finding creative solutions for hard problems, especially if they're a little hacky.

When she's not building demos or at a conference, she spends her time gaming, watching e-sports, and working on useless but entertaining side-projects. She also volunteers with area non-profits geared towards getting more women and other underrepresented minorities into tech.

Eight Queens in Python and Rust

Porting a classic interview problem in two languages.

Speaker bio: Aaron David Goldman

Information security engineer, with a history of making tools in python for monitoring network systems and applications.

Code of Conduct

Interactions online have less nuance than in-person interactions. Please be Open, Considerate and Respectful. Also, please refrain from discussing topics unrelated to the Python community or the technical content of the meeting.


We will conduct the meeting via Zoom webinar. Please register in advance. To do so, go to the Meetup page for this event: If you RSVP "Yes" to this event on MeetUp, we will send you an email with the link. We will also send the link to the mailing list (sign-up here:

Please note that:

  • You are expected to follow our code of conduct.
  • The meeting will be recorded and uploaded to our YouTube Channel at a later date.

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