I spent the beginning of this week at Full Stack Toronto, a 2-day conference devoted to all things web development. I was honored to be asked to be the Keynote speaker where I gave a talk about the Radical Topic of Women in Tech. The talk was well received and prompted some really good conversations about the ratio of women to men in the workplace.
Some of the highlights of the conference were:
- Jennifer Wong’s (Eventbrite) What The Duck-Typed Are My Engineers Saying? talk which fully admitted that developers often use terminology they don’t fully understand.
- Kate Travers’ (Flatiron School) talk about converting their CSS to Object oriented CSS
- and my personal fav Henri Helvetica’s talk about The Hateful Weight which discussed how we are accruing way too much page debt in our development and some techniques for getting those page weights down. Check out the slides here.
I’ve been spending much of this week incorporating some of the things I learned into this very website.