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Django Tales: How Django and Its Community Can Change Lives (long version, DjangoCon US 2015)

8cd0ce6b727888d01bacaa09cf3ecb32?s=47 Anna Ossowski
September 07, 2015

Django Tales: How Django and Its Community Can Change Lives (long version, DjangoCon US 2015)

"I came for the framework but I stayed for the community.“ Many people make this statement when asked "Why Django?“. The Django community can change lives and has changed many lives, including my own. I’d like to share Django Tales with you, stories of inspiring women whose lives were changed by learning Django and becoming involved in the community. But what is it that makes the Django community so special and awesome? What do we all love about Django and its community? There is no doubt that the Django community is great but we’re not done yet! There are things we can improve. So what can we do better? And how can you help improve our community? How can you help people become part of our community? If you’re curious about the answers to those questions and would love to hear inspiring Django Tales, then this is the right talk for you :)


Anna Ossowski

September 07, 2015


  1. Hallo Hello Hey y’all Emoji provided free by Emoji One

  2. Ossowski = Os-of-ski

  3. Django Tales How Django and its community can change lives

  4. Django Stories

  5. blog.djangogirls.org

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  8. Dori Czapari @doriczapari

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  10. “The Django community is awesome, and I’d want to be

    part of it even if Django sucked.”
  11. Kinga Kieczkowska @kieczkowska

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  13. https://modelviewculture.com/pieces/how-the-glorification-of-software- developers-compromises-tech-companies

  14. “I love that the Django community is so beginner friendly

    and cares about new people to come in and learn.”
  15. Adrienne Lowe @adriennefriend codingwithkniv.es

  16. “I love how we are able to bring our whole

    selves to the experience of building software together. From a non- traditional background as a cook, I've felt nothing but an enthusiastic welcome from this community. We don't have lives beyond our work: we share our lives *within* this work.”
  17. Andy Gonzalez @andiosuna

  18. “I fell in love with the community because of how

    approachable and friendly everyone is.”
  19. Erika Pogorelc @ercchy

  20. I want to do _______ (fill in the blank with

    what you wish to do in life), and I am ready to work hard to get there.
  21. “Django would’ve never reached its heights if it wasn’t for

    its community. It’s almost like Django is a software framework and the Django community is a framework for the successful tech community.”
  22. Szilvia Kádár @kadarszilvi

  23. “Since Django Girls I’ve not only become a programmer, but

    I’ve become strong and brave.”
  24. “I was really surprised how people in the Django community

    are ready to help you learn, give you advice, explain something you don’t understand. It’s awesome!”
  25. Jordan Decker @jordan_decker

  26. “I went to the Django birthday party and it changed

    my life.”
  27. “Django has a personality. It’s welcoming, it’s helpful, it’s contagious.

    It’s the first part of this coding world that didn’t feel like numbers and letters and incomprehensible data on a screen to me.”
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  29. Conspiracy? Photo by Carl van Vechten (public domain)

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  31. story@djangogirls.org

  32. Community

  33. “Communities have standards, values, and rules. That… kinda defines a

    community.” - Coraline Ada Ehmke
  34. • Be friendly and patient. • Be welcoming. • Be

    considerate. • Be respectful. • Be careful in the words that you choose. • When we disagree, try to understand why.
  35. Django

  36. What’s awesome?

  37. • “the focus on docs, inclusivity and niceness” • “inclusive,

    good documentation, continuous improvement” • “love about the community: the CoC and the willingness to enforce it” • “great place to learn/ go from noob to pro with the help of giants” • “welcoming to non-Python folks, great community events, extensive support network, great docs” • “love: the mailing lists are unusually thoughtful, helpful and polite for an open source community”
  38. “I came for the framework, I stayed for the community.”

  39. We’re not done yet! What can we do better?

  40. • “I think contributing to Django is not beginner friendly.”

    • “having a few beginner friendly bugs with mentoring included would help” • “slow to keep up with the web/innovate” • “more ponies” • “offer more opportunities for companies to give back so that Django can grow faster and better”
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  42. Image CC-BY LoveMyVouchers.co.uk

  43. Photo CC-BY Alan Levine

  44. “Things become political in open source communities, which creates barriers

    to contributions.” - @bellmar
  45. Photo CC-BY-ND Tony Hall

  46. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY8B2lXIu6g https://lukasa.co.uk/2015/08/Funding_OSS/ Photo CC-BY Pictures of Money

  47. “It turns out that time and wealth are disproportionately possessed

    by the young, white, middle-class, and male.” - Cory Benfield
  48. How can you help?

  49. Be kind!

  50. Encourage

  51. Photo CC-BY-ND Rob Marquardt

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  53. “Asking questions isn’t just about helping yourself - you’re also

    teaching the community how they can better help beginners. If you don’t understand, then your teacher/ the community / the docs need some improvement - it is not a reflection of your intelligence or ability to learn.” - Nicole Harris
  54. Photo by Michal Baluka

  55. Django Girls in July 2014 Map by Django Girls

  56. Django Girls in May 2015 Map by Django Girls

  57. • 26 upcoming events • 54 past events • 5451

    applicants • 1646 attendees • 37 countries
  58. Thank you!

  59. Let’s keep in touch! @OssAnna16

  60. Tschüss Goodbye Bye y’all