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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.
Recently, four members of our Cloud DNS Team got the chance to help a San Antonio non-profit (the Food Policy Council of SA) while participating in the annual OpenAIR hackathon using some of our Rackspace volunteer hours.
GiveCamp is a weekend-long event where technology professionals from designers, developers and database administrators to marketers and web strategists donate their time to provide solutions for non-profit organizations. This was the third year, and it was held at Cowork Memphis. Rackspace was a major sponsor of the event: we provided some funding, as well as donating free hosting for any of the charities that participated. They were also nice enough to send me to Memphis for the weekend in order to help out any way I could.
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."
Our love for developers knows no limits – we host and support hackathons, offer free cloud services and offer them the support they need to build awesome things.
This weekend, we’re at it again. Rackspace is a gold sponsor of #Hack4Good, a global hackathon hosted by Geeklist that focuses solely on bringing together the best engineers, designers, project builders and entrepreneurs in the world to build projects that help humanity. The goal is simple: #Hack4Good wants to make the world a better place.
Developers and hackers are driving innovation and building great things. As Stephen O’Grady writes in his book, developers are the “[New Kingmakers]” and are heralding a new era in the technology world.
Over the past several months, we’ve shown developers some love with the launch of [Rackspace Developer Support] and the [Rackspace Cloud Developer Discount], two offers that make it easier and more affordable for developers to build awesome things on the cloud. And we’re not stopping there.
This weekend, we’re going to keep the momentum going when we head out to Sunnyvale as a sponsor of [Yahoo! Hack USA: Sunnyvale 2013].
Keep Calm and Automate All The Things. If you caught up with Rackspace in San Francisco last week at PuppetConf 2013, then you saw our t-shirt swag emblazoned with this “Keep Calm” slogan. But it’s not just any old meme; it’s also the catchphrase that perfectly describes the overarching theme of the conference.
PuppetConf is a two-day deep dive into all things Puppet. The annual conference brings together some of the best minds in IT for intense discussions on the latest trends in DevOps, cloud automation and continuous delivery. Last week’s event sold out, with more than 1,300 people attending on site and 4,000 others following through an online live-stream.
In a way, the bus ride 90 minutes north of San Francisco set the table for what the attendees had in store for the 4 days we’d spend in the hills of Marin County. There were introductions, stories swapped, jokes made, and sights to be seen. But the most significant part of the bus ride was that most of the attendees were all experiencing it together.
NodeConf was a markedly different Conference. For the first time in 2013, NodeConf Summer Camp and NodeConf proper were merged into a single event at the fantastic Walker Creek Ranch north of San Francisco in Marin County.
Last week, Austin hosted DevOpsDays, an DevOps-focused event featuring innovative talks and great networking, with some great music and food thrown in the mix. The two-day event focused on sharing ideas to strengthen the DevOps movement by building a culture around highly agile and productive teams with integrated development and operations.
Here at Rackspace, we are deeply committed to furthering the software development community. We love things like well-tested applications and vibrant open source projects.
One of the ways we engage in promoting a strong development community is with Hackathons. For the uninitiated, a hackathon is an event where developers get together and work on a particular technical subject for a defined period of time — usually with plentiful pizza and beer to grease the wheels of innovation. The outcome might be some amazing new tool or feature, or it could just be a good time with other like-minded people learning about the possibilities.
Rackspace is bringing the Open Cloud Experience to the SXSW Interactive Festival! Come join us over the next few days and learn all about the Open Cloud. We’ll be headquartered at Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant at the Courtyard Marriott, so be sure to stop in and see us.