Women Who Code meetup, Tuesday 22nd July

 

The FT was delighted to host the Women who Code London meetup on Tuesday 22nd July.

Women who Code is a global movement inspiring women to excel in technology careers. They provide an avenue into technology, empower women with skills needed for professional advancement, and provide environments where networking and mentorship are valued.

The organization has executed more than 700 events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 12,000, and has a presence in 14 countries.

Their key initiatives include:

  • technical study groups
  • hack nights
  • career development workshops
  • panel discussions featuring influential technology experts and investors

The London branch has been active since the beginning of 2014 and the FT were keen to offer support to the group by offering to host a meetup.

Tuesday’s session was presented by Melinda Seckington (@mseckington), a developer at Future Learn, Blogger at MissGeeky.com and Geeks of London and BarCamp London Organizer.

Melinda introduced the group to the the four key principles Disney use to build their parks – Safety, Courtesy, Show and Efficiency – and discussed examples of how these principles are applied.

For example: did you know that Disney doesn’t display real American flags in most cases? Real American flags are subject to a code: by using fake ones, Disney doesn’t have to take the flag down every evening or illuminate it at night.

Also, when you’re in one of the zones, you won’t be able to see into any of the other zones. You also won’t see any cast members from other zones – there are tunnels under the ground that they can use to get from A to B without showing up in the wrong area and ruining the magic for visitors.

Melinda then showed how each of the four principles can be applied in web development to improve users’ experience of web sites. She also shared her experience of what it’s like being a women in tech and told us how she ended up where she is today: this was particularly useful for those who are just starting out in their technology career and there were quite a few questions.

The session was well-attended with a wide range of attendees from experienced developers to those that are just dipping their toes in the water. With great positive feedback on the talk, the event and the pizza, it was a successful evening all round.