This past week I was fortunate to attend my first major conference as a software developer, under the RailsConf 2016 Opportunity Scholars & Guides program. Look at these cuties!
Here’s me with my awesome guide Jason:
Laptop before/after pic.twitter.com/sIp9Gid4L1
— Mary Dickson Diaz (@marythought) May 8, 2016
The conference food was just ok but the cake was on point:
I tried to fit in as many talks as I could, and I’ll post my favorite talks in a few weeks when the conference recordings are available. If you can’t wait, here’s two great ones available now:
Rspec & Rails 5(aka the “Make Ruby Great Again” talk) by Justin Searls
- Keynote by Nickolas Means: “The Original Skunk Works“
For now I just want to highlight some of the inspirational people I got to meet:
— Mary Dickson Diaz (@marythought) May 6, 2016
— Mary Dickson Diaz (@marythought) May 4, 2016
I am so honored. Thanks to everyone who supports me, you make my work possible and worthwhile. ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/FjaDK68ttz
— Coraline Ada Ehmke (@CoralineAda) May 5, 2016
Sarah Mei, as RailsConf 2016 program chair, helped recruit a phenomenal, diverse group of speakers, and provided a great experience for conference attendees.
— Schneems (@schneems) May 6, 2016
Stephanie brought Stroopwaffle from The Netherlands, because she is smart.
— Mike Virata-Stone (@smellsblue) May 7, 2016
Hayley sold us all on Rails Camp:
— Mary Dickson Diaz (@marythought) May 5, 2016
Plus many more excellent developers from right here in Seattle and around the world, including some expecting and new dev moms and parents, from whom I took copious notes for future developments.
I had a blast! It was especially great to be a part of the scholars & guides group, because it provided a familiar set of faces with whom I was able to get to know over the three days. Lots of women and developers of color in this group, which helped make me feel at home and welcome all week. I’m grateful to RailsConf for the opportunity and to my job for giving me the time and space to be here, and full of love for the Ruby/Rails community. Next year in Phoenix!