Kats Conf 2 is a conference taking place in Dublin who's main goal is for people to have a great time and learn about functional programming. Kats Conf 2 is organised in partnership with Coding Grace.
Coding Grace are a group of developers based in Ireland who love to code and do other geeky and not necessarily crafty activities. Some of us code full-time, or just for fun (or both). We have people who are part of other technical user groups such as Dublin ALT.NET, GameCraft, Python Ireland, Ruby Ireland and more…
We provide female-friendly workshops and events in an environment for developers and aspiring developers mentored by diverse instructors from the industry.
Where many events tend to have more males than females, we aim to encourage many females to come along to our workshops and learn to code and more. We also encourage any females who want to mentor technical material to help out, it’s not that scary after all.
It doesn’t matter if you are learning or mentoring, gaining confidence to ask questions, helping others, which results in everyone learning from each other gives females in this field the encouragement to further their careers, attend technical conferences, or even give a technical talk at one.
We aim to provide a support network for people from all backgrounds and hope our outreach will help bring those who are interested in code development together and learn from one another.
"I found the format really helpful and engaging. It's great to play around (I love being told to break the code) and know that you're not going to reinforce bad habits because you’re still within a teaching environment. […] thanks for giving me a shot in the arm and spending your Saturday engaged in techy altruism." — Kathryn Daniel, Introduction to Python Workshop (Part 1)
Coding Grace is an homage to Grace Hopper. She is a computer scientist who held one of the highest ranks in the US Navy, the Rear Admiral. She created the term "debug", literally removing a moth from a computer. She also developed COBOL. Another interesting tidbit, she was awarded the inaugural Computer Scientist "Man" of the Year award in 1969 from the Data Processing Management Association. "Amazing Grace" also had a U.S. Navy destroyer named after her called "USS Hopper".
The organisers and mentors are all volunteers and charge nothing for helping out. This is what we do with the money charged from ticket sales:
The Code of Conduct is based on Python Ireland's Code of Conduct and will be used for all events organised by Coding Grace.
Coding Grace is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.
All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any events venue, including talks. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for Coding Grace events. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event without a refund (if any) at the sole discretion of the event organisers.
Thank you for helping make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.
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