Team Bundledore at dotJS and dotCSS 2017

Posted on by Amrita

Team Bundledore at dotJS and dotCSS 2017

dotconferences (Image : www.dotconferences.com)

According to their website, dotconferences started with a simple idea, “What if we organized a developer conference with the format and the quality standards of TED?” And indeed, they did ! Attending dotjs and dotcss conference and also giving a lightning talk there was a very enriching experience for me. Anagha, unfortunately, couldn’t attend due to some personal issues.

When I left India, I did not expect to be giving a presentation and the overflow lightning talks was a pleasant opportunity. It was my first talk ever and I hope I did a good job :)

dotCSS Conference

Team Bundledore at dotCSS 2017

dotconferences (Image : Fickr account of dotconference)

I had with me a small notebook to jot down important points about the talks during the two days. It helped me to be more attentive and now I have a set of mini projects to work on.

The general attitude in the conference was very upbeat and friendly. The extremely wonderful organizers made it so easy for all of us to interact. There were many talks including one on Compilers in styling Web UI. The talk started with the basics like the main uses of compilers and went on to include more complex stuff. I enjoyed the talk by one of the speakers on how we can use CSS to make a search engine. He started by explaining the limitations of CSS and how they can be overcome to do way more than just styling. Definitely, something I’ll do when I get a chance! There was a talk titled Schrodinger’s Website which was basically on the Adobe portfolio and the challenges faced while implementing it. The title was interesting, the talk even more so.

The event included a section on lightning talks. My favourite was one where the speaker demonstrated the making of a “Christmas ball” using HTML, CSS and math. Another talk that was particularly interesting was on Media queries- Level4. It started with describing the features of the previous levels followed by the future, media queries 4 and 5.

dotJS Conference

Team Bundledore at dotJS 2017

dotJS (Image : Amrita's phone)

dotJS was way bigger than dotCSS in the sense that there were more people and a lot more companies had their stalls in the venue. I spent some time going around to the companies stall and finding out about what they do. Lighthouse had also put up a stall and I had a fun time analyzing the performance of a small static website that I had put up around a year back. The analysis was on the basis of how progressive the app was, on how the app performed and its accessibility.

There were talks on State management in GraphQL, on Server Side Rendering and on module bundlers. There was even a talk on being evil with JS, which I really enjoyed :) During the talk, the speaker live coded three pop-ups chase each other across the screen!

My favourite by far was by Marcy Sutton, an accessibility advocate. Her talk was on Enabling Users in Client-Rendered Applications.She talked very passionately about how developers generally don’t consider differently abled users while designing an app. The talk was on diagnosing accessibility issues in an app and also elaborated on different tools.

Team Bundledore at dotJS and dotCSS 2017

Amrita's presenttion (Image : Flickr account of dotconferences)

My presentation was a part of the overflow lightning talks. I started off by explaining about RGSoC, about how it works.I talked about the issues we, as a team, solved and the features implemented. The slot as only for about 4 minutes so I had to squeeze everything in. I am hoping that I could get my point across!

Team Bundledore at dotJS and dotCSS 2017

Amrita's presenttion (Image : Amrita's phone)

I think the array of talks, the food, the venue and the awesome organizers made the conferences a success. A big thank you to all of the organizers who made me feel really welcome :) Thank You RGSoC and thank you dotConferences !

Thanks for diversifying tech with us!

Posted on by Inês Coelho

For the past five years, every (Northern Hemisphere) summer, RGSoC has been offering the opportunity for all women and non-binary people from all over the world to work on an Open Source project. This wouldn’t be possible without the help and love of our wonderful community.

Together we are changing the world!

Our 20 teams — the lives we touched on the 2017 edition of RGSoC (Image: Inês Coelho)

Our sponsors and donors

Our program is based on a crowdfunding and sponsorship campaign, whose money is used to finance our teams. This year we were able to financially support 16 out of our 20 participating teams of two!

We can’t thank enough all the companies that sponsored RGSoC: we wouldn’t be here without you! A special thank you goes to our amazing partners, Travis CI and GitHub, our platinum sponsor Nokia and our gold sponsors, Google Open Source and Malwarebytes.

We are also extremely grateful to the 161 individuals who donated to our campaign. You are the best!

And, of course, a huge thank you to all the conferences that welcomed our participants and donated tickets to our teams — you are awesome!

Our supporting elements

Participating teams are supported throughout the summer by dedicated volunteers.

There are no words to express our gratitude towards them all: the mentors who guided the work of our teams, the coaches that offered their time and expertise to help our teams, the coaching companies who hosted our teams during the summer, the supervisors who made sure that everything was running smoothly, the trust committee who offered a safe haven to whoever needed it.

You are the people who made RGSoC a reality! Thank you.

Our organizers

Under the hood of RGSoC, there is a melting pot of people from different countries, cultures, backgrounds, beliefs and religions, united with the same purpose: to diversify tech! All year round, these volunteers are here preparing, planning, developing and working on the backend of RGSoC.

A huge shout-out to our 2017 team: Ana Sofia, Anika, Anna, Carsten, Inês, Laura, Lucas, Maria, Max, Ramon, Ulrike and Vaishali!

Your love and dedication are what makes RGSoC possible year after year.

Thank you all!

From the bottom of our hearts: thank you! ♡

(click on the image for a surprise!) Thank you all

Shout-out to everyone that made RGSoC 2017 possible (Image: Inês Coelho)

Open Source Project Submissions for 2018 are now open!

Posted on by Vaishali Thakkar

RGSoC 2018 OSS Project Submissions (in ALL languages) are open! (gif by Ana Sofia Pinho)

RGSoC 2018 OSS Project Submissions (in ALL languages) are open! (gif by Ana Sofia Pinho)

Hello awesome mentors!

We are back with RGSoC 2018. It gives us immense pleasure to announce that our call for open source project submissions is now open, YAY!

You might have questions about the project submissions, so we have it all covered for you here:

  • What does it mean to be a mentor for RGSoC 2018?

    Usually a mentor is a maintainer of the proposed project (or a core contributor) and is the project’s dedicated contact person for the team throughout the program. Checkout our mentors guide for more information.

  • Our project doesn’t use Rails. Can we still apply to RGSoC?

    Yes. Even though our name use ‘Rails’ in our program, we are a language agnostic program, and we’ve had projects in the past using a variety of languages like Python, Rust, and Javascript. Projects in all programming languages and using all technologies are welcome!

  • When will we be informed about whether our project has been selected for RGSoC 2018?

    You have until January 24, 2018 to submit your project; this year, we will be looking through all the submissions after the deadline, so you will be informed at the end of January.

So, what are you waiting for? Start right now and submit your project here. Use our mentors guide and feel free to send us an email to contact@rgsoc.org if you have specific questions.

Also, don’t forget to share it on social media to help us make RGSoC 2018 the year with the most diverse selection of projects. May the force be with you!

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Team Fusion at DEV DAY 2017

Posted on by Janakshi and Kalpani

Team Fusion at Dev Day 2017

Dev Day 2017 Logo (Image : Dev Day Facebook Page)

Participating in RGSoC 2017 not only gave a us the opportunity to work on an open source project, but also gave us lots of other opportunities so we can grow as techies. One of the most amazing opportunities we got from RGSoC 2017 was the conference offers. We got two conference offers, one for Dev Day 2017 and another for Ruby Conf AU 2018. And recently we participated in DEV DAY 2017, which was held at Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo in Sri Lanka. Let’s see how interesting it was..😇

On 9th November 2017 early morning (8:00 am) we arrived at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo in Sri Lanka. Both of us were very excited about DEV DAY and the first thing we saw when we were entering the hall, was a huge group of techies having breakfast; let’s say networking. After the registration, wearing our name tags, we also joined the groups to have breakfast together.🥪☕ And we were so glad that we joined them, because we met new friends who enjoyed listening to what we did during RGSoC and we also learned a lot about them.

After the breakfast, then arrived the most awaited sessions.🎉 Altogether DEV DAY 2017 had around 24 sessions, where two of them are opening keynotes, one is a closing keynote and the others are parallel sessions where we had to split up according to our interests.

Sessions started with Marcus Devold Soknes opening his keynote where he shared his experiences in Sri Lanka. One thing he tried to emphasize was looking at our products as a shop when we are measuring their growth. And he also talked about concepts like, design thinking, design driven culture, the lean start-up and etc. He shared that he adopts lean startup structure while making sure that the customer is always first. And he concluded his keynote sharing the words, “Keep it Simple”☝.

The second keynote was done by Satyajeet Singh , who is currently the Head of Platform Partnership in India at Facebook. During his session he talked about Facebook’s vision, which is to bring the world together. He also explained about the multiplier effect using the examples like Baby Chakra and Rappler. And to conclude his talk, he shared about Facebook’s services such as FbStart and Facebook Analytics.

Team Fusion at Dev Day 2017

Dev Day 2017 Speakers (Image : ReadMe)

Then there was a short tea break with snacks ☕ and next came the parallel sessions. Just like the hall was split in to two for the parallel sessions, we (team fusion) also had to split in to two, so we can attend the sessions , according to our preference. There were 20 parallel sessions in three different tracks namely, DISC (DevOps, IOT, Security, Cloud), ACLA (Architecture, Coding, Lean, Agile), and IDEU (Innovation, Disruptive, Entrepreneurship, UI/UX). And we could attend six parallel sessions altogether. For some of the sessions we attended together, for some, we attended separately. But it was fun , because we could share the interesting points we learned from each of these sessions with each other during our evening tea break, which made the evening tea, tastier. ☕😁

And following are the parallel sessions we attended. 👇

  • Handling Uncertainty in Data ware housing by Dinesh Asanka

  • Demystifying Service Based Architecture – Journey towards micro services and ahead by Thurupathan Vijayakumar

  • The Electricity Between Us: Humans and Information by Ben Taylor

  • Exploring Narrative techniques for delivering UX Design by Nivedita Kamat

  • An introduction to the Microsoft Cognitive Services APIs by Ben Sadeghi

  • Give your app the ability to think, using Azure machine learning, Cognitive Services, and neural networks by Haritha Thilakarathne

During each of these interesting session we learned something new. Some topics were totally new to us, yet, were interesting. We learned about Big data, concepts like fuzzy categorization and Box plot method, the importance of using design patterns, data embodiment, how products like Google Home and Cortana are being a part of digitizing the world, the importance of mastering the storytelling for UX design, how important is the user in product development, cognitive services, Microsoft AI, cognitive computing, concepts in Machine Learning and many more. Most of these sessions were not just interesting sessions that gave us lot to learn, but also eye openers for us. 👀

And we should also mention about the amazing closing keynote done by Torgier Andrew Waterhouse, who is currently the Director of Internet & New Media at ICT Norway. He started his keynote explaining us about the possibilities of the technology. Then he raised the question, “How can we empower each other to be superheroes with technology?” , which made us think for a while, because why not? 💪🚀 Throughout his talk, he talked about the history of Internet, how it is being an effect on improving the societies, and how important it is for us. And he also said, “You don’t need permission to put something on the Internet” meaning we don’t need permission to innovate and launch it on the internet, which triggered us to think about our innovative skills. However he also emphasized the fact that we should use internet correctly.

Team Fusion at Dev Day 2017

Our Dev Day 2017 moments (Image : ReadMe and Janakshi's Phone)

Apart from these wonderful sessions and tea breaks, we also got the chance to enjoy a wonderful lunch which was full of flavours. 😁 During the lunch break, apart from eating all the good food 🍝🍨🍰, we got the chance to network with lots of new faces for us, yet not so new to the IT Industry. One of them was Dr. Raomal Perera, who was also a Dev Day 2017 speaker. It was really nice to talk to him and the other new friends about our experiences and also about their experiences.

So this is how interesting was our experience at Dev Day 2017. It was indeed a great day for the both of us. And we still have one more conference to experience as a team, well, as Team Fusion. And that’s RubyConf Australia 2018. We are so excited!..😇 And we would like to thank our lovely RGSoC team for giving us these amazing opportunities. It really means a lot for us. You are the BEST.👍

Team Alexa at Web Summit

Posted on by Sasha @religofsil

Well, a part of team Alexa. Unfortunately, Sasha @melanoya couldn’t go. :( But she was in my heart the whole time!

A couple of weeks ago I attended Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. It is said to be the largest tech conference in the world – this year there were more than 60 thousand attendees, according to the conference website. I’ve been at meetups and tech conferences before, but never outside Russia, and I definitely have never been at a tech event of this scale.

Opening night

First night of the conference, there was an opening ceremony for the Web Summit, where CEOs of large tech companies and government officials were discussing the need to build relationships between tech and non-tech organisations. There were also talks about the challenges that the industry will face in the next years. I particularly liked Bryan Johnson’s talk about the need to develop some tools to improve our own brain, instead of relying on artificial intelligence.

Opening Night

Opening night. Photo taken by me.

First day

First day of the conference was very busy and tiresome for me, because I wanted to attend all the talks at the same time, and the venue was truly gigantic: there was a stadium full of people, and there were four huge pavilions. It took me about 20 minutes each time just to get from one side of the venue to another, but I did attend the talks I wanted to hear the most. I liked the talk of comma.ai’s founder George Hotz about self-driving cars and the future of open source. He believes that the only way car companies will be able to stay in the market is for them to open their source code and let other programmers review it and contribute.

After the main program, there was a Sunset Summit without talks, but with good music, food and interesting people to meet. I met a startup from Romania, some programmers from Georgia, and many other people from different countries. And I made myself a pin at Google lounge!

Android pin

A customized Android pin! I tried to make it look like me, but didn't succeed. :( Photo taken by me.

Second day

Second day was less tiresome for me, mostly because all the talks I attended were at one place: binate.io, a conference about data science and machine learning. I’ve listened to talks on psychohistory – a way to learn about people’s emotions during some historical events, on security of users’ data, and many other interesting things.

binate.io conference

Random slide from one of the talks. Photo taken by me.

This day I also met team Gemini!

In the evening, I attended an afterparty for women in tech, where I met some incredible data scientists, programmers, and tech writers.

Last day

I decided not to attend too many talks at the last day of the conference, so I went networking instead. I met some incredible startups from all around the globe, focused mostly on education and building inclusive environment. The most fascinating for me was to meet a company from South Korea that developed devices for people who use Braille.

In the evening, there was a closing ceremony, after which I went home. I didn’t want Web Summit to end, and I wish I took some more time to get to know Lisbon. Anyway, it was a great summit, and I’m thankful to RGSoC for giving me the opportunity to attend the conference.

Lisbon

The first thing I saw when I arrived to Lisbon. Photo taken by me.
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