As a woman developer, I am in the minority. I like to participate in events and communities that encourage women to fall in love with technology and computer science. I’d like to see more women join our profession.
Code is like the pages of a book that stick in my mind and my heart and whispers to the processor.
I’d like to share this joy.
I had the incredible opportunity to attend DevDay4Women. It took place on June 26th, 2015, in Guadalajara. It was a one day event for women developers. It’s a technical conferences that includes short talks about experiences from women in the software space.
I had the chance to meet women who have been in this industry for more than 20 years, as well as students that are just getting started in the amazing world of software development.
I participated in the Ignite event. At Ignite, presenters shared an experience or story about their professional passion, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes.
Technology and programming have been my allies. They’ve made my dreams come true. They’ve also helped me accomplish my goals, meet incredible people, visit magical places, and have a balanced life.
And, most of all, they’ve helped me be myself wherever I am.
As you can see in the pics, you don’t have to stop being yourself to succeed in the world of engineering. It is possible to have fun at work and in this industry. You just have to find the right place.
I am inspired by people who also want to share the joy of programming. Like this quote by Natasha Murashev which helps me to keep trying hard,
Learning to code is a very emotional experience. When you can’t solve a problem you will feel like worthless human being. But when you do solve it, you will feel like you own the world, which is one of the best feelings you’ll ever have. And no matter how good you get, there will always be something that you don’t know or doesn’t work and that you can continue improving on or learning.
Gender Doesn’t Matter While Programming
At the end of DevDay4Women, I reflected on the general consensus from the event.
First, diversity in software development is not “gender equality” issue. Women and men are essentially different. Each brings different capacities and different ways of seeing and perceiving the world.
We should encourage diversity in software development. And not only gender diversity but also cultural, racial, physical abilities, age, experience, etc. Software development should be open to all and should be there to solve problems for all.
We, in software, have to work on being open minded to all different opinions and perspectives and treat everyone with respect.
How to Get Started
To get started in the world of software development as a woman,
- Get to know yourself.
- Know your passion.
- Join women in tech communities
Get to know yourself
This was something that was repeated over and over again! It probably sounds like a cliché, but it is true. It is important that you know what you like and don’t like, what are your strengths and your areas of opportunity. This is, of course, a constant process.
As humans we are in constant change. We are, or should be, always discovering new things about ourselves.
It is also important that you discover the most effective learning style for you.
Know your Passion
This was also a common subject around presenters and participants. Find what you enjoy the most and makes you happy.
There were examples of girls who found their passion in the DIY (Do It Yourself) community. They’ve succeeded in creating successful companies using technology as their ally. Others have found their passion in coding; software Development has become their discipline and their way of living.
Steve Jobs used to say that “Creativity is just connecting things.” I believe that passion lies in the heart and when we you connect your heart with your brain in a creative way is when magic happens. Your passion can even become what you do for a living.
Join Women in Technology Communities
Women are woefully underrepresented in computer and engineering.
According to Girls Who Code, in the US women make up half of the workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields. This fact has motivated the creation of women in technology and engineering communities who fortunately are supported by different companies.
Here are a few,
I felt really proud of the incredible talent, experiences, and stories of the women I met at the event. I also know that we have many challenges to attract Women to join STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field. It is not easy, but can help each other if we recognize the value of diversity. We can create amazing solutions, awesome software and a better world for us all.
Do you have any advice to inspire women to join technology? What is your organization doing to gain diversity? Please, share it with us @nearsoft!