Jessica is on a mission to blur the lines between object-oriented and functional programming. Her current job as a Scala developer makes this particularly fun. Before that, she wrote Java for ten years, learned to love vodka and dark beer, studied Physics, and had some kids. She speaks at user groups and conferences because programmers are fascinating people to meet.
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.