Freaks of the Freaks
Freaks of the Freaks: Talking About Minorities in IT
Discussion panel moderated by: Justyna Walkowska
The session will start with short talks by two motivated women: Jessika Kerr and Kamila Sidor; but this year we will not limit ourselves solely to the issue of female empowerment. The invited panelists, together with the audience, will have a chance to discuss the gender/racial/cultural(im)balance of the IT community. Is the current sex ratio natural? Are opportunities equal? Why are those few people making so much fuss? Should diversity be fostered? Is there a gain somewhere? Or should we all just grow white beards? We hope to make the panel both inspiring and concrete. Come to listen, learn, and share your ideas.
Co-founder of Geek Girls Carrots (GGC)
Scala developer interested in blurring the lines between object-oriented and functional programming
Java developer working on IBM Java SDKs since Java was less than 1, lead for JSR 326, committer on Apache Kato
Developer at 10gen (the MongoDB company). Java high performance systems expert.
Programmer at Samsung, a researcher who after some delay finally defended her thesis in computational linguistics, a translator, and a blogg(...)