Python += Women: Increasing Engagement

Location: D135 Level: Novice
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Are you a woman wanting to break into the engineering field? Or do you know any women wanting to learn how to code, but don’t know how to help them? Perhaps our nerdy ladies are a bit shy to ask for help. That’s okay! I’ll give you some tools to nudge you in the right direction.

In this session, I’ll be talking about how I increased women’s engagement in the Python community though demonstrating how versatile the language is with practical projects, by creating a safe space for women to learn and to fail, and by encouraging involvement beyond the classroom.

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Lynn Root

PyLadies SF

A self-proclaimed programming n00b, I graduated business school in 2008 with a bachelors in finance and economics, and, as one can safely assume with that concentration mixture, went straight into the antiquated field of banking. Only in the fall of 2011 did I dive into learning how to program after being heavily surrounded by it with close relationships.

I am currently hosting a Python study group for the ~600 members of Women Who Code meetup group in San Francisco. I am also the co-organizer of a large, multi-city hackathon event geared towards journalism, news, and media.

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Beverly Block
07/19/2012 7:06am PDT

Presenter needs to stop saying “um” after almost every sentence (and occasionally several timer per sentence). She should also put down her coffee cup while she’s speaking.


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