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The Secret Weapon Of Python

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A talk by @iqbalabd (https://info.xoxzo.com/en/aboutus/) touching on his work running local PyCon and what he thinks is the real strength of the python language: It's community and diversification.

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The Secret Weapon Of Python

  1. 1. THE SECRET WEAPON OF PYTHON About you, me and everyone else PyCon MY, Aug 2016, Kuala Lumpur
  2. 2. Who Am I? @iqbalabd ● Iqbal Abdullah ● Day job is running Xoxzo Inc, a cloud telephony platform based in Tokyo ● Involved in PyCons since 2010, and helped found PyCon JP and PyCon MY ● Travels around meeting other PyCon organizers and especially interested in the APAC region
  3. 3. Diversity Inclusion Personal growth
  4. 4. Even scarier, I was challenged by those closest to me, who claimed a "woman in tech" should not wear a dress or compare cooking with coding during her talk.
  5. 5. Programs are for humans We tend to forget this ● We tend to forget software, the python code that you write is written for people, by people. ● Any tech conference, PyCon included, are as good as the people that attend it.
  6. 6. Diversity
  7. 7. Programming is no longer about (insert stereotype here) hunching over laptops writing code. That was a different decade.
  8. 8. Look around and you’ll know if you have diversity.
  9. 9. 35% McKinsey’s Diversity Matters report published in February 2015 found that ethnically diverse companies are more likely to outperform their peers.
  10. 10. Watch this video on Youtube Jessica McKellar and Asheesh Laroia: Diversity in Practice
  11. 11. ● Have targets ● Outreach programs ● Beginner friendly ● Success stories
  12. 12. Inclusion
  13. 13. Diversity is being invited to the party Inclusion is being asked to dance.
  14. 14. Diversity At Google under Inclusion
  15. 15. Ninjas or rockstars don’t exists These are titles created not by the engineering community, but by marketing
  16. 16. Your first program
  17. 17. Adrienne Lowe in Bake the Cookies, Wear that Dress “We're not superheroes, rockstars, and ninjas, and we never were. Critically, I'll emphasize how important rebuking these titles is to nurturing new talent in our community. Whether we realize it or not, the way we talk about ourselves and the things we build has profound implications for the next generation of developers. As experienced developers, we can't keep telling learners that we're not ‘born with it’, but making it look like we are"
  18. 18. Personal growth
  19. 19. The Impostor Syndrome When you think you’re not good enough Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a term coined in 1978 by clinical psychologists Dr. Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes referring to high-achieving individuals marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud".
  20. 20. Our friends in APAC
  21. 21. It’s not only code.
  22. 22. Tell your story Be authentic and connect ● More than just the coding and websockets. ● Be human and authentic ● Tell your story and connect with other people around you.
  23. 23. Micaela from PH
  24. 24. Doubts? Questions?
  25. 25. Xoxzo is hiring! Let’s talk over coffee.
  • anonaka

    Apr. 14, 2017

A talk by @iqbalabd (https://info.xoxzo.com/en/aboutus/) touching on his work running local PyCon and what he thinks is the real strength of the python language: It's community and diversification.

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