The first Coed:Code

Last night the first Coed:Code took place at Campus London.  We have been overwhelmed with messages of support and feedback from the event.

The aim of the Coed:Code is to provide a warm, fun and encouraging event looking at systems and infrastructure programming, designed to give diversity in tech a nudge.  More of a mixer event, rather than a conference type event, we aim to go beyond the “beer and pizza”, with tasty food, interesting drinks.

From an organisers point of view, it was a breath of fresh air to see such a diverse audience, especially at a systems programming event.

It was an honour to have Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical, to open the event with stories from her experience in a typically male dominated industry.

The panel discussion was run by Anne Currie, and was an interactive session with audience participation giving insight into embarking on, sustaining and developing a career in systems programming.  Pictured below are the panel of Jenny Mulholland, Yanqing ChengSue Spence and Anne Currie, alongside one of the event organisers, James Governor.

Coed:Code panel

What happens next?

We hope to run these events regularly.  Please let us know your thoughts or comments regarding what format this could be.

  • Is this the right format?
  • Anything else you want from the events?
  • Specific things you want to discuss?
  • When should we hold the next event?
  • Do you want to speak or help?

Thank you to the sponsors for their support!

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Cluster HQ WeaveWorks
Pivotal Shoreditch Works

 

Thank you to Campus London for a wonderful venue
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The first Coed:Code

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When: Wednesday 3rd February 2015, 5.30pm

Where: Campus London, 4-5 BONHILL STREET LONDON EC2A 4BX

Meet up Page
– http://www.meetup.com/Coed-Code/events/227910626/

Who is the event for?

Coed:Code is a warm, fun and encouraging event looking at systems and infrastructure programming. We are crafting a social event designed to give diversity in tech a nudge. The speakers will be women and those from other typically under represented backgrounds in technology. Everyone is welcome.

What is happening?

Coed:Code is a mixer event. Some speakers, a panel, but mostly a chance to meet and speak to people within the business.

This is about encouraging more women into systems programming – Go, Containers, Docker, PaaS, Distributed systems, Databases & more. The idea of the event is to meet and network with real practitioners and mentors.  So, if you are into systems programming, infrastructure programming, devops (or looking to find out more about them), then this is an event you don’t want to miss.  The keynote speaker is a veteran in the industry and the panel members are comprised of veterans and someone fairly new to the industry, so a good mix!

Agenda

5.30 – Arrive / Networking / Food & Drinks
6.30 – Keynote – Jane Silber, Canonical CEO
6.50 – Panel chaired by Anne Currie
with Panel members Jenny Mulholland, Yanqing Cheng and Sue Spence
7.30 – Meet the Mentors / Networking / Food & Drinks
10.00 – Event closes

Keynote Speaker – Jane Silber

janesilberJane has over 20 years’ experience in business development, operations and software management. Before becoming Canonical’s CEO in 2010, Jane held VP roles at Canonical, Interactive Television Company and General Dynamics C4 Systems.

 

 

Panelists

Moderator – Anne Currie

annecurrieAnne is an engineer who is enthusiastic about containers and everything else. She’s been helping to build complex software systems for over 20 years and is a co-founder of the Force12 project.

 

 

Panelist – Jenny Mulholland

Jenny MulhollandJenny studied Physics at university and entered IT in 2006 as a graduate C++ programmer within Symbian’s Professional Services department, helping Motorola, Fujitsu and others make phones based on Symbian OS.  In more recent years Jenny’s professional interests have extended into project management, and her current role in technical pre-sales where she helps Softwire’s customers explore their requirements and writes bids for new projects.

Panelist – Yanqing Cheng

Yanqing ChengYanqing Cheng is a software engineer in customer support at Metaswitch Networks.  Her primary expertise is in C, and she currently works with equipment manufacturers on integrating C source code into networking devices.  She’s of the opinion that few things in her job are more satisfying than successfully debugging a memory scribble.  Since graduating in Maths at university, Yanqing has been in the industry for 2 years.

Panelist – Sue Spence

Sue Spence

Sue has 30 years experience in software development, ranging from embedded software on networking devices (C) to systems programming on large telephony network management projects (C/C++), some Java at a dotcom startup,then devops (infrastructure automation) more recently at Cisco, Deutsche Bank and UK2. She founded WWG (Women Who Go) in London to encourage more women to get into systems programming.


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Meet up Page
 – http://www.meetup.com/Coed-Code/events/227910626/


About the mentors

Coed:Code Mentors are the heart of the events and community. Mentors are people who have knowledge of and who work within  the systems programming space. Mentors will be clearly visible at the event, e.g. wearing a badge.

By being a mentor, you say it’s fine to approach me and pester me with questions. The mentor status is an opportunity to setup relationships that lasts further than the scope of the evening and to help to develop attendee prospects in the space.


Food and Drink

Food and drink will be provided during the event, courtesy of sponsors.


Code of Conduct

Our code of conduct is here.


Our Sponsors

Thanks to these lovely sponsors for their support!

canonical Cloudsoft+Logo
Cluster HQ WeaveWorks
Pivotal Shoreditch Works

 

See you at Google Campus on February 3rd!
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