I’ve fallen way behind on blogging, and have so much to share, but won’t be able to go into much depth today because I am trying to stay focused on getting the redesign launched for planeteria.org by the end of the OPW internship, which is just a week and a half away now (eek!). The main changes included in the redesign are the addition of tags and a responsive design so that it’s readable in a browser on mobile devices.
The road map for Planeteria has been posted on the Github repo, based on feedback received from the user survey. The intention of the Road Map is to give people a brief overview of the project, what’s going on now, and what want to happen next. I’m happy to answer questions if people want additional information, and will be setting up a Google Groups list soon for Planeteria – related discussion.
I’ve been enjoying working on Planeteria in various roles: as a planet curator/admin, community organizer, and developer. I have so many ideas for it that I didn’t have time to work on for my internship, and now that more people have learned about Planeteria I’m excited to see more people creating planets and using the site. I plan to continue working on it beyond the internship and look forward to sharing my ideas for the site with this little fledgeling community, and work with them to help the site grow and flourish.
I was at PyCon last week and had a wonderful time meeting other OPW interns and mentors, working the Pyladies table and meeting other Pyladies, hanging out at the Ada Initiative hacker lounge, and of course learning some great tips and tricks through the numerous sessions and tutorials. The organizers made a great effort to increase diversity amongst the attendees (particularly increasing women’s attendance). They achieved just under 20% female participation, which is a significant accomplishment for any tech conference. The fact that this is so significant, however, makes it clear to me that there’s still a long way to go in the broader tech community. I found the community to be incredibly welcoming to me and other women, and after my experience there I am looking into the possibility of attending Euro PyCon this summer. I hope that organizers of other conferences can look to the US PyCon 2013 as an example of how to increase female participation at other conferences. I’m sure it’s at least in part due to the growing number of Pyladies chapters that are creating a safe environment for women like me to learn to code and providing stepping stones toward participating in the broader tech community. Hynek Schlawack wrote a fantastic blog post which explains the value of Pyladies from a male perspective, and in my experience, having entered the programming world with the help of Pyladies, it’s spot on.