When I heard about Write/Speak/Code, I know I want to be a part of it. My career has benefited tremendously from writing blog posts, speaking at conferences and sharing my code as open source, and I want to empower other women developers to do the same.
Make it happen
Once I decided that I want to help out at Write/Speak/Code, I need to figure out how to make it happen. I met Vanessa Hurst while we were both speaking at OSCON 2013, and she co-founded Write/Speak/Code, so I reached out to her. She put me in touch with the organizing committee, and while I was waiting for results from mentor nomination and selection, I decided to write a blog post in the spirit Write/Speak/Code and send that to the organizing committee. A few weeks later, they invited me to be on the writing panel and also be a speaker mentor. Yay!
I normally don't share stories like this, but I feel this is appropriate for Write/Speak/Code. If you want to speak at a conference, there are many ways to get in the door. Answering to an open CFP (Call For Proposals) is one way, but you can also reach out to the organizers directly. If you don't know them, get an introduction. Make it happen.
Write/Speak/Code is a 3-day conference, each day dedicated to Write, Speak and Code:
Yup, the conference is so jam-packed with action that I need to write a separate blog post for each day! Click on each link above to read more.