In 2017, this event celebrated 18 years of activity. Therefore, for the last 18 years, girls between ages 14-15 years old have been introduced to science through a full day of activities that were designed to demystify science. It’s not just about being in a research lab with a white coat, as many would think!
I had the opportunity to attend the Conference on Diversity in Engineering held in Montreal. The event took place from the 18th to the 20th of November, but I was there only on the 19th! It is my experience on Saturday that I’ll write about in this article!
I was only there on the 19th because the ticket was provided to my student club Les Ingénieuses. We decided to give as many members as possible the chance to attend the conference, so we exchanged the ticket.
In 2016, I participated in my first hackathon ever. When I moved to Montreal, I discovered a beautiful community around technology where events happen every month. You might wonder what is a hackathon? Well, it is an event that typically lasts a day or two and brings together programmers to work and deliver a complete project during the event. If can be with software or hardware. It has nothing to do with hacking your computer.
I learned a lot from all these hackathons. SlackathonMTL was especially a bigger challenge for me and my team. This is where I learned the most about what needs to be done before and during a hackathon so that it is a successful event for all team members. I will let you read the article if you want to know all the details.
This year 2016 marks the moment where I decided to go and attend several events, whether I was attending to those alone or accompanied! Even if it’s scary at first to attend tech events when you are alone, particularly if you are a woman, there are so many benefits to battling this fear.
I also participated in several small training events, such as this time at Google MTL for an activity on TensorFlow. I do not list this kind of talks here, it would be too long. All the events I’ve listed lasted a whole weekend or 24 hours in the case of hackathons!
For the fourth year, the Canadian organization Ladies Learning Code organized a national learn to code day. This event was held in 29 cities this Saturday, September 24. In some cities, there were even several groups. In Montreal, there was a French training at Cossette and an English one at Shopify.
By voluntary contributions, all women wishing could register for the workshop and learn how to create a game in HTML and CSS. I enrolled in the workshop – but as a mentor, of course!
It had been several weeks since I stood on the lookout for new workshops organized by Ladies Learning Code because I wanted to get involved in this organization. When I saw this event advertised, I immediately registered!
WordCamp Montreal is an event that I really wanted to attend since last year. Finally, I has the the opportunity to participate on 23 and 24 July. It was my first WordCamp! I had the chance to attend many conferences. Congratulations to all the speakers, I am sure, have worked very hard to produce these beautiful presentations!
Therefore, I had great difficulty choosing what to attend presentations. At least, all presentations are filmed and will be available in a few weeks / months on WordPress.tv. Each presentation lasted about 45 minutes for questions.
As I write this article, I have been awake for 36 hours, and I did not sleep one minute. I attended my third hackathon in 4 months. Wow! I had not realized it was such a short period.
The event was held in Montreal, at the offices of GSoft, from June 3rd to June 5th. A 5-7 was held Friday night to complete the formation of the teams. By cons, the program began at 9:30 am Saturday until Sunday morning, same time. This is the third time I visit GSoft. It’s special not to work there, and yet I know very well how to get to the building!
I discovered this company when they announced the holding of this event. The culture of the company is excellent and they always make sure all their employees are happy at work. I’ll let you discover for yourself what I mean with #yesimatwork hashtags that are popular on social networks.
I am very pleased to announce a new hackathon in Montreal: SlackathonMTL! The event will be held from June 3 to June 5, 2016. I am registered and I can not wait to participate with my team!
Theme of Slackathon MTL
This hackathon has a theme: slack. Slack is an instant chat platform that is becoming more and more popular with businesses. My internship company has preferred Slack over Skype which is no longer used. Slack contains robots that have all sorts of features. For developers, it makes sending portions of code to a colleague really easy through their “code snippet” feature.
The aim of the projects created during the hackathon is to help organizations improve their working environment by creating a Slack robot that can simplify work habits, increase productivity and employee happiness.
Presentation of Robohacks
This weekend, I attended the first edition of Robohacks. This event was organized by McGill University McGill Robotics. It was a hackathon, but very different from others. We had 24 hours to make a robot. Me and my teammates had no preconceived idea of what we would do during the hackathon before arriving. In talking, we were inspired by “twitch plays pokemon” and decided to create a drone / hovercraft controlled by instant chat twitch. For those who do not know that Twitch is, it is an online video platform broadcast live. The difference with YouTube is that people who are watching the video can chat live with each other.
Since I was in a team with Dronolab, my student club that develops drones, we continued in the universe of drones but we still wanted to do something different. That’s when we thought about making an hovercraft.