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Laura Gaetano

Diversity in Tech
My bio:

I started being more interested in the issue of women and diversity in tech after landing a web developer job in 2013 in an all-male company; having come from the music industry, which is also primarily male, I realised that this wasn't a problem which was confined to the music, journalism, or art industries (the main areas I was interested in at the time) and that this problem was everywhere. I decided to actively try and make a change by coaching at programming events and founding local groups for women to get together and learn to program. Among other things, I currently co-organise Rails Girls Summer of Code — a program which offers women 3-month scholarships to work on Open Source software — and manage projects at Travis Foundation, a non-profit initiative which supports the Open Source community. I'm also working towards finishing my master degree in Transmediale Kunst (Media Art). I like owls, facts about NASA and space, reading, travelling, and melodic hardcore music.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

How Martial Arts made me a better programmer

June 11, 2015: Talk at the local Ruby user group, focusing on how to implement the martial arts philosophy, learning process, and general practices to improve my programming skills.

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Introduction to git

June 14, 2014: A small introduction to git for Rails Girls workshop attendees in Linz.

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Making your voice heard: Open Source Needs You

February 17, 2017: Keynote at Drupal Mountain Camp about making contributions to Open Source software and good practices for maintaining OSS projects.

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