Hey guys, my name’s Srini. I’m currently based in Austin but spent a few years out in SF Bay Area (before having the desire to save more!).
I lead the content team at Dataquest, where we teach data science & data engineering online. We’ve created a vertically integrated learning experience where we create the instructional material, the learning environment, and build out the community / services. This lets us understand the barriers people encounter when learning on our platform and then think deeply about what we can do about it (new interface? better explanations? etc).
My background is in data science but I’m very interested in how we can build a culture where we discuss and think in systems (instead of stories). I ultimately don’t think teaching people programming / data science gets us there, but it’s been a good way for me to understand the limitations of learning environments and programming languages. I find direct manipulation environments and spatial, tactile computing environments incredibly intriguing and ache to learn more and try to prototype, contribute, etc.
I follow and draw inspiration from a wide range of interesting projects & research efforts, ranging from direct manipulation programming environments (like Sketch n Sketch), exploratory creation environments (like eToys and Beach), explorable explanations (tons here and I get to do some at work too), new representations for math, etc.