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 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...
Women in Technology Peru wins grant for Teen Peru PyCamp

Women in Technology Peru wins grant for Teen Peru PyCamp

Women in Technology Peru is happy to announce that we have received a grant to do Teen Peru PyCamp from the Python Software Foundation. This grant will allow us to organize a one-day PyCamp event in Lima, Peru. The event will be targeted to teenagers, and will introduce 20 teenagers to Python as their first programming language. Women in Technology Peru wants to acknowledge Julia Elman, organizer of Teen Tech Camp 2013 for her support and her mentorship to submit this grant, and to the Python Software Foundation for the opportunity to organize this event in Perú, Thank you all for your...
DrupalPicchu: Women in Drupal

DrupalPicchu: Women in Drupal

This past January 20 – 24, DrupalPicchu was held in Cusco. It was the first international event made by the Drupal community in Latin America. WIT Perú was present participating as part of the “Women in Drupal” panel. We had an intense week in Cusco: sightseeing, organising the Women Startup Weekend and participating of the DrupalPicchu. We had to make a visual table to keep track of all the pending tasks! Cusco welcomed us with a hailstorm and a little drizzle, those that you don’t see in Lima. We had to rush and get an umbrella and a raincoat. A high contrast with the hot summer we are living in the coast. Of course this didn’t stop us from having a little fun and get to know some more of this marvellous culture :)   But, coming back to our reason to visit the imperial city, we were in the Universidad Andina del Cusco to share with the community. I have the bad luck to get lost in universities the first time I go to them (happened in the PUCP, in UPC, ULIMA, the Ricardo Palma… and I guess you can get the idea), so that is why I am immensely thankful for the event banners present signalling the way :) The second day was the keynote and the “Women in Drupal” panel. The idea of it was to ease conversations that look for the community to be more inclusive. I had the pleasure to share it with Nancy Contreras, Molly Byrnes, and Holly Ross. I was surprised by the number of questions asked by the audience and the interest it created. Even after  the talk we kept on discussing and changing ideas. The idea was...