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Monday, October 23 • 18:00 - 18:45
BoF: Bringing More Women into Tech - One Summer at a Time [RGSoC] - Vaishali Thakkar, Oracle & Inês Coelho, SECURIS

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Bringing more women into tech - one summer at a time [RGSoC]This year Rails Girls Summer of Code [RGSoC], a program aimed to bring more women into coding marked its 5th edition. The basic idea behind the program is to provide a paid open source internship to teams of two students during the months of northern summer (July to September). The focus of the program is not on producing highly sophisticated code, but rather on learning transferable skills while working on an open source project.

During these 5 years, more than 800 teams applied to the program and we were able to sponsor 185 students from all over the world of different age and origin, with different backgrounds and skills. In this talk, we would like to look back at our journey by talking about how the program started, what kind of issues we faced during our journey, what lessons we learned solving the problems we came across and how are we trying to promote diversity in open source. We will also talk about why it is necessary to have programs like this and how these open source mentoring programs helps women achieve their dreams. 

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Inês Coelho

Inês Coelho is a Software Engineer and Biochemist, who support several initiatives to promote Diversity in Tech, Gender Equality and Women Empowerment. For the past two years, she has been an organizer of Rails Girls Summer of Code, being an alumna of the 2015 edition and a super... Read More →
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Vaishali Thakkar

Linux kernel engineer, Oracle
Vaishali Thakkar is associated with RGSoC as a co-organizer and a core-selection committee member since last 2 years. She works as a Linux kernel enginner at Oracle. She mainly works on memory management and security part of the Linux kernel and have diverse interest in operating... Read More →


Monday October 23, 2017 18:00 - 18:45
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