Introducing FTFY: Fixed That For You, a podcast about data and algorithms

Alan Harris on January 14th 2019

Do you make, break, and tinker with things? Are you a seeker of unconventional wisdom? Do you think in algorithms? Then we’re excited to launch a new podcast for you, FTFY. Also known as Fixed That For You, FTFY is a show about solving problems with data and algorithms. In every episode we tackle big problems, small problems, mysterious problems, even weird problems. We also learn about the iterative process behind inventive solutions to those problems, devised by engineers, software developers, computer scientists, and everyday people who are doing incredible things with data. From preventing human stampedes, to building an artificial pancreas, to finding the perfect romantic partner, to tracking down criminal wildlife poachers, and much more, there’s probably an algorithm for that. Hosted by science journalist, Cara Santa Maria, new episodes drop every other Monday. 

Subscribe on Apple Podcast, Google Podcasts, or Spotify here for all the episodes.

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Sneak peak at Episode 1: “Data vs. Deadly Stampedes”

Every six years, there is a festival in India so amazing that millions of people attend, despite the fact that there is a near-certainty that some will die. This is because the festival attracts 30 million people to a city of 1.5 million — 20 times the city’s normal population!

Nilay Kulkarni, a teenaged programmer from India, grew up hearing the horror stories of human stampedes that occurred at each festival. With a desire to prevent what seemed inevitable, the guiding voice of his grandfather, a hackathon, and a set of black rubber mats, Kulkarni took on the task of human stampede prevention. 

How do you prevent something as seemingly unpredictable as a stampede? Especially at an event that attracts upwards of 30 million people in a day?

Subscribe to the podcast here so you can be the first to listen on January 14 to learn how Nilay and a small team of electrical engineers used Arduino boards, buried cell phones, and Bluetooth to design an algorithm and hardware on a shoe string budget in order to save lives and keep millions of festival-goers safe.

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