CS 201: From Hackathon Project to Billions of Writes: the Story of Safety Check, PETER COTTLE, Facebook

Speaker: Peter Cottle
Affiliation: Facebook












Going from an idea to a shipped product at scale involves overcoming tons of unforeseen obstacles — both technical challenges and crucial product design decisions. Come hear how the team behind Safety Check pushed their product past “Zuck review” into production in order to reach millions of users after the Nepal earthquake.


Peter Cottle studied mechanical engineering in both undergraduate and graduate school, but pursued his interest in CS through hackathons and side projects. After attending the Cal vs Stanford hackathon in 2011, he landed an internship opportunity at Facebook that totally blew him away, after which he received a “walk off Masters degree” and transition to full-time.

Peter started his career at Facebook on Advertiser Growth where the team built some of the first mobile advertising interfaces ever. He then focused on shipping the “Safety Check” hackathon product which was used by over a 700 million Facebook users during the Nepal Earthquake. He’s recently transitioned to an infrastructure team and been excited about recruiting since day one!

Hosted by Prof Milos Ercegovac

**Refreshments at 3:45 pm, Program at 4:15 pm**

Date(s) - Oct 13, 2015
4:15 pm - 5:45 pm


3400 Boelter Hall
420 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles California 90095

 UCLA Samueli Materials Science and Engineering