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Tag Archive: PyLadies
’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.
By Audrey Roy (Co-Founder, Cartwheel Web)
PyLadies is a worldwide community of ladies and supporting gentlemen who use the Python programming language.
We are putting together an open-source PyLadies kit to help Pythonistas in various cities start their own local chapters. We’ll be putting the contents up on Read the Docs (rtfd.org) shortly. I would like to help interested Python developers start PyLadies chapters in other cities, starting in Seattle, Sydney and Wellington.
By Heather Payne and Melissa Crnić (Organizers, Toronto Ladies Learning to Code)
Serious question here. Where are all the female programmers? Despite efforts over the past few years to increase the number of women in tech, the percentage of female Computer Science graduates is dropping. Of developers involved in open source projects, only 1.5% are women. The overall percentage of women in IT careers is down. The actions taken to level the playing field clearly aren’t working, unfortunately.
Luckily, we discovered a new strategy for getting women into coding, and success stories are quickly accumulating.
By Karen Zeller (Contributing Writer, Women 2.0)
Spring was a busy time for new initiatives introducing women to programming languages and frameworks.
Inspired by workshops and outreach efforts being made in other programming languages and web development technologies, such as Ruby and Ruby on Rails, these three Python workshops took place in May with their organizers planning more this the summer.
Python Programming Workshops for Women
The event’s organizers, seven women from the local Python meetups including Esther Nam, Christine Cheung, and Audrey Roy, worked equally hard to put together materials and recruit attendees. The workshop was unique in that 34 out of 37 instructors and participants were female. At the end, seven lightning talks about Python were given, entirely by women.
In June, PyLadies held a Python hackathon with 55 participants in Hollywood and 30 attending remotely from as far as Poland. Attendees who open-sourced their code or submitted patches to FOSS projects received t-shirts.
By Audrey Roy (Co-Founder, Cartwheel Web)
After a hugely successful Beginner’s Python Workshop in May, the PyLadies were inspired to keep the momentum going for those excited about learning Python and becoming a part of the local dev community.
Last week, the PyLadies hosted a social gathering of lady Python developers in glamorous downtown LA. Next Saturday, the PyLadies will hold the first of several hackathons to take place all through the summer.
For the June 18th hackathon, attendees can continue to go through the tutorials from the workshop, but are also encouraged to bring their own ideas to work on, or to collaborate with others on open-source projects.
The event will conclude with more of the ever-popular PyLadies lightning talks – and, of course, a social hour.
Border Stylo, who most recently released the Retrollect iPhone app, has generously donated the use of their cozy, hacker-friendly office in Hollywood for the June 18th event. The Python Software Foundation is also sponsoring the hackathon, in a show of their enthusiastic support of the PyLadies’ efforts to increase the diversity of the Python community.
Tickets are still available at http://pyladies-hackathon.eventbrite.com/.
Questions should be directed to [email protected].
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Pasadena, CA — Come and learn the Python programming language on Sunday, May 15 in Los Angeles. The Intro to Python Workshop will be taught by Audrey Roy and Katharine Jarmul, and assisted by Christine Cheung, Esther Nam, Jessica Stanton, Sandy Strong, and Sophia Viklund. The PyLadies are a group of women in Los Angeles who use and love the Python programming language — and on track to increase the percentage of females in the Los Angeles Python community to 50%.
Never tried programming before? Not sure if you’ll fit in? Don’t worry. Intro to Python Workshop on May 15 in Pasadena is designed to be friendly to absolute beginners. Now, meet the PyLadies!