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A programmer's cycle

A programmer's cycle

From mentored to mentor. The whole cycle!

I gave this talk in:
* Rails Girls Montevideo, May 2014
* Rails Girls Buenos Aires, July 2014.

Vero Rebagliatte

May 21, 2014
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  1. A programmer’s cycle
    And all the good stuff that’s coming <3 <3 <3
    Vero Rebagliatte
    Rails Girls Montevideo 2014

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  2. Let’s get started!

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  3. First you get a mentor, and start learning as much as you can from him/her.

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  4. It’s like a game... you face challenges, you overcome them, that makes you feel good...
    You go through each level and keep getting better at it...

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  5. All of a sudden... boom! You get your superpowers!
    How can you use them? Which goals/objectives do you have?

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  6. Do you have something to say?
    If you want to be heard, now you have the means to get that info out there and make yourself
    heard.

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  7. Do you care about any causes?
    More women in programming, open data, better healthcare, education... you name it.
    You can be a useful resource in non profit organizations and help the causes you care about
    the most.

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  8. Ship it! Get it out there! You have the means to make it happen <3

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  9. But it’s not just responsibilities... you’ll get plenty of candy as well :)

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  10. You’ll get to travel a lot!

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  11. To have client meetings or just to get together with your team <3

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  12. To attend/speak at conferences!

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  13. To participate in hackatons! Lucía Escanellas (at the right) is traveling to Italy next month to
    attend a open data Hackaton. In the picture we were coding back in 2011 in the first DAL
    event in Uruguay.

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  14. We got first place on that one. Yay!!!

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  15. Another goodie, is to have the opportunity of working remotely...

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  16. Last year my team and I rented a place at La Pedrera, Rocha and worked from there during
    the summer.
    We were really focused at the picture...

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  17. In this one we weren’t that focused ;)

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  18. In any case, the most important bits I want you to get out of this talk, is that now you are
    holding a seed.
    And you will get to grant this superpower you’ve just earned to others as well :)

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  19. You can do this behind scenes helping in the organization of a conference.

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  20. Or in a more visible way... by speaking at one.

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  21. And there’s no excuses!
    No matter if you just started, no matter if your company can’t found your trip.
    Michelle Guido is a role model in that matter. She’s speaking about just this in her talk in
    RubyConf Uruguay next Saturday.
    Her talk is entitled: ‘it takes a village to make a programmer’ and will cover how the
    community has helped her even to get the founds to get here to give this talk to us.
    She’s a go getter, and that’s the right attitude!

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  22. Other ways to spread the seed is to get together people who share your passion and create
    connections between them!
    You can do this by hosting a meetup group...

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  23. ...or by organizing a workshop, just like the one we are at now!

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  24. ...and even at a lower scale, by picking someone and couching him/her. Dedicating some of
    your time to give back the love.
    That’s Antonella Clavero and me on the picture. We’ve done a front-end workshop with her
    and Rosina Navazas.

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  25. The workshop included 4 deliverables: 3 projects, and a portfolio one, showcasing the rest of
    them.
    Here’s Antonella’s: http://holahongo.com/

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  26. And here’s Rosina’s: http://rosinanabazas.com/
    So proud of them!!!!!

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  27. So... you get to choose. Are you gonna be the sun shining for everyone?

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  28. Or are you gonna be a laser light, really specific focused on a few individuals?
    In any case you are doing good :) You get to share!

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  29. And all of a sudden, we are back when we started. It’s a full cycle.
    Now **you** are the one who will mentor someone and help him/her to get the cycle started
    all over again.

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  30. And here’s some good news... Your cycle begins today!!!! Make it a good one!
    Thanks so much <3

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