10 tips for Women in Technology (and, actually, for everyone)

10 tips for Women in Technology (and, actually, for everyone)

Not so long ago, I watched Elizabeth K. Joseph presentation at Ubucon2015, where she talked about how to build a career in the world of free and open source software. Among the resources listed, she mentioned the “10 Tips for Women in Technology (and Everyone Else)”, and because it has become usual that we are asked for advice on how to become successful working in a technology-related career, I believe that the list will be a lot of help for every person that wants to take the most out of their career in this awesome world that is technology. You can read the original article...
July’s WiT Meetup

July’s WiT Meetup

Last Wednesday, July 15th, we had our monthly #WiTMeetup. We were visited by the girls from MacTec, an international initiative that is aimed to provide excellency in education on science to peruvian girls, in order to set up the first generation of scientific and innovative women. Here you have their presentation that displays interesting statistics on science and the perception girls have on it. Always looking for new and public interest issues, in July, we focused the meetup on #OpenData. Milagros Salazar, Director at Convoca, shared her experience in the intelligent use of data on investigative journalism in order to serve the citizens and strengthen democracy. We also had Juan Carlos Gonzales, from Laravel Perú, who explained the importance of web scrapping techniques nowadays. He showed a set of tools that could help us in the process as well, which you can check out on his presentation. For more information about Convoca, we invite you to take a look at the following presentation and to see their work in action, check out their Map of Environmental Offenses (in Spanish).   Thanks everyone for being with...
Week 2 – Coderise4Girls

Week 2 – Coderise4Girls

This week we played around with Scratch for Arduino, which inspired the girls to think about including the usage of hardware for their projects.   We also had the first round of pitches for the end of program project. To take a peak of more photos, please visit our Fan page...
Week 1 – Coderise4Girls

Week 1 – Coderise4Girls

Saturday the 10th on January was the date for the Coderise4Girls was kicked off. In this short meeting parents and student got some more detail information on the program and also the IT & Strategy Director of Microsoft Perú delighted us with an inspirational talk on why technology is so important. The main focus on the week was to get to know better each and everyone of the girls and also letting them express their motivation to be involved in the program. We started doing some scratch and also a brief workshop on the Internet of things with arduinos. To take a peak of more photos, please visit our Fan page...
Jessica Cotrina: How I won the Grace Hopper Conference Scholarship Grant

Jessica Cotrina: How I won the Grace Hopper Conference Scholarship Grant

Jessica Cotrina tells us about her experience applying for the Grace Hopper Conference Scholarship Grant. She has wont his year and will have the opportunity to go to Phoenix and attend this international conference. Here it goes an invited blog post. —- Hello everyone. I currently study Systems Engineering at Universidad Privada del Norte-Cajamarca. A few months ago; to be precise, in January; some information was published about a very important event: the Grace Hopper Conference. Grace Hopper Conference is the biggest celebration in the world for women in computing. It is produced by the Anita Borg Institute and presented in association with ACM. I did not hesitate and applied for the grant. The one that applies to students. It needs some personal information, but the most important part is writing an essay. The essay should contain expectations about why you want to go; but the important part is to be able to describe what you are currently doing. If it is a project, the impact that it has over your city or the environment it is being developed on. Then you have to upload recommendation letters from people that know you in person. The other part was the presentation of a poster, where I added that I am working on a project called TECHMIN (Technology and Mining). I commented on the development of the project and the impact it has. The contest held to evaluate the presentation of the poster and the application for students was evaluated internally by people from all around the world. Now I have the opportunity to receive a Scholarship grant and go to...