Posts written by Anne Gentle
At our annual rax.io internal technical conference in San Antonio this week, I had a blast hacking on a reporting tool for our new content engine behind developer.rackspace.com and support.rackspace.com.
The woman on her cell phone in the Houston Conference Center hallway laughed lightly and said, “I’m at Grace Hopper. Yes, Grace Hopper. It’s a celebration of women in computing! Yes, Houston. Yes, 12,000 women in technology!” I would have loved to hear what I guess was incredulity on the other side of that conversation. Yes, there are more than 12,000 women in technology, and many of us converged in Houston last week.
Austin Ladies Hackathon
This weekend was a blast, hacking with all women at Rackspace, and wow were the projects impressive. Here's how it went.
Friday night we gathered at a restaurant, the Flying Saucer, to meet each other and start to form teams. I’d guessimate that 20 of the 30 participants showed up. I helped out by facilitating discussions for people to find teams, and I spent a lot of the night talking to complete newcomers about what a hackathon is like, what to expect, and especially how to learn at one. We also recruited for the upcoming NoSQL Mobile App Challenge (http://rackspacemobile.challengepost.com/).
Maryam Nazari is a software developer working on data center automation -- also known as AutoHost and displayed proudly on their flag hung from the ceiling of the Austin office. I interviewed her and asked her to share her story here, asking about her journey here, what events she likes best, and what advice she has. In her own words:
This is my first time going to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. I've never been to a conference where they take over men's bathrooms to give women fewer lines! There are over 4500 people registered for the conference in Minneapolis. I'm so proud that Rackspace is a sponsor this year as it shows real dedication to adding more women at all levels of our organization. Niki Acosta has a great post on the Rackspace Blog talking about how great it is to be here. I know this past year has been a great one for me personally as a woman at Rackspace. Adding Diane Fleming as an API writer on OpenStack followed by Dana Bauer as a development community manager makes our team plain fun. And our fellow teammates like to remind others, "we're not just gents you know."