’bout time a girl founded the next Facebook/Google/Apple.
By Frances Advincula (Software Engineer, Accenture)
What I love most about being an engineer is at the end of the day, I am helping build a product, something tangible and measurable. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that right now, everyone wants to learn how to program, since the tech industry is currently so hot and well, it’s now cool to be a geek. To top it off, I’m sure you’ve noticed how everyone wants to hire top-notch engineers.
I am joining Red Hat as a Associate Software Engineer.
By Lynn Root (Founder, PyLadies San Francisco)
It is my great pleasure (and squee!) to share with my friends, family, PyLadies, Twitter nerds, Women Who Code’rs, DevChixen, Systers, and everyone else that I can now say: I am an Engineer.
Yes, the same person that once did not know the difference between a compiler and an interpreter, couldn’t explain
It is not important that you haven’t spoke at PyCon or another conference before. But do prove that why you should now. Taken from Brainstorming: Writing a PyCon Proposal.
By Lynn Root (Founder, PyLadies San Francisco)
While this post is for PyCon, the US-based conference for Python developers, users, educators, and everyone with an interest in Python, this advice can apply to any language-centric conferences, even the topic suggestions themselves.
“Hey you! Ever thought about submitting a proposal?”
“What? oh no, no no no.”
“What would I talk about? I have nothing to say!”
So how about this:
There are always interesting engineering events on the weekends in Silicon Valley, such as hackathons.
By Julia Grace (Co-Founder & CTO, WeddingLovely)
As the CTO of a small startup, my days are almost always spent head down, focused on our business and building our technical infrastructure. I’m writing code, fixing bugs, building features, thinking about what’s next on our product roadmap and figuring out how we’ll get there.
The adage is that most startups fail because they lose focus. The problem is that it can be difficult to focus when you also have to ensure that potential investors, future employees, and the tech community know that you exist.
My purpose now is to find a repeatable and scalable business model – Steve Blank’s definition of a startup.
By Heather Payne (Founder, Ladies Learning Code)
I’ve wanted to be an entrepreneur for a long time. Not when I was in university (back then, I wanted to be CEO of a Fortune 500 company), but sometime between graduating and landing my first real job, I realized that I just wasn’t going to be able to make a career out of working for the man. Even after that realization, it’s taken me a long time to get here.
As of today, though, I’m really an entrepreneur. And I’m effing excited about it.
(Want to skip to my new venture? It’s called HackerYou.
A conference attendee said she didn’t study computer science in school and didn’t know any code a year ago, but is now working as a full-time developer.
Talking with Girl Develop It, Ladies Learning Code, Web Start Women and Startlucks.
By Jennifer Lindner (Organizer, RailsBridge & Freelance Open Source Developer)
There’s a rapidly growing movement of women teaching women technology skills: all over the Americas, self-starting organizations are running hands-on classes to huge success. Girl Develop It, Ladies Learning Code and Web Start Women are all great examples of startup-savvy applied to gender in technology.
Here are some excerpts from a series of interviews with each of these organizations. Although in very different locations, all report similar experiences with breaking down fears about technology, building confidence, support from their local technology community, and the success of hands-on teaching techniques.
By Jessica McKellar (Software Engineer, Ksplice, Oracle)
I want to share an email I received recently from a woman named Pam. It is a response to an email I sent to the DevChix mailing list, calling on DevChixen to attend PyCon, the largest annual Python conference, and submit posters for the PyCon poster session:
“Holy wow. I’ve had your email starred since you sent it, and only just now realized that you’re the Jess who was at PyStar Philly. Because of this email:
- I decided to try to go to PyCon
By Esther Nam & Sophia Viklund (Co-Organizers & Board Members, PyLadies)
The PyLadies’ mission is to promote and improve the Python community through workshops, outreach and social activities. It was started by a core group of seven female Python developers who decided that calls for diversity required action, rather than… repeated calls for diversity. We immediately set out to improve the gender balance of the Python community, starting with plans to organize a programming workshop for beginners. After three weeks of intense planning, networking and outreach, we held our first class, attended by 25 women and 2 men — and sparked a movement in the development community that has worldwide impact.
By Esther Nam (Co-Organizer, PyLadies)
The Django web framework is a great way to learn Python while quickly building and deploying a simple and useful web application or two, which is why beginners are highly encouraged to attend.
Participants will begin by going through the Django Tutorial under the
expert tutelage of PyLadies developers.