Spent most of the weekend coming down from the high of #playgroundscon. It’s quite similar to the post-show blues I used to get in theatre, as you spend a short period of high intensity work with a group of strangers, then suddenly you’re plunged back into normal life and it’s quite a shock.
Yesterday I drafted a #blog post about #diversity in tech and some of the good and bad things I noticed at Playgrounds. I also put together the start of a WIP doc on GitHub of ways conference organisers and speakers can increase diversity and inclusion at their events. Hoping lots of other people in the tech community will contribute so this doc can grow over time and provide lots of suggestions for people who want to improve their events but don’t know where to start.
Phew! It’s been a crazy two days at #playgroundscon. It was my first ever conference, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Overall it turned out quite well. I met quite a few people, learned a lot, and got lots of inspiration to try new things and improve my code. The organisers worked really hard on diversity and inclusion, which showed. It was great to feel part of the community, since I haven’t had that much in the past. Now I need all weekend to recover!
Last night I went to an event as part of #playgroundscon here in Melbourne. It was a screening of the documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. The film was pretty good, and it’s an important topic, but now that I’m up and getting ready for a full day of conference on a little over 5 hours sleep I’m kind of regretting going!