Community Event

Women Who Code Talk Night

Women and femme coders will talk about more advanced topics in programming. We'll have three talks.
27 March 2018
18:30 CEST
Duration: 3 hours
Community Event
Contentful FooBar
Berlin, Germany

Women and femme coders will talk about more advanced topics in programming. We'll have three talks.


The agenda for the evening:

7:00 pm - Start: get yourself a drink and a snack 7:35 pm - Community Announcements

Talk 1 - SwiftyPi, taking Swift to the next Frontier, by Kate Castellano Talk 2 - It's free. It's open. Period., by Marie Kochsiek Talk 3 - Move fast and break things!, by Julia Biro

10pm - End of the meetup

About the talks:

  • SwiftyPi, taking Swift to the next Frontier * From mobile development to server-side applications, we are starting to see how flexible the Swift language can be, but there are more frontiers to explore, that unlock new possibilities for Swift developers. In this session, Kate will show you the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of how to set up your Swift Environment in order to develop on a Raspberry Pi.

  • It's free. It's open. Period.* What happens if you track menstrual bleeding, sexual activity and your mood with a funky app?

Software for health and period tracking has become more and more attractive for companies to invest in. Many of these apps seem to help their users in accomplishing their goals in sports, lead a healthy life and prevent them from needing expensive health care services. Companies hop on the lucrative train and try to track every body part and function in order to gather large amounts of extremely intimate and potentially valuable data. Most of them come without any proof or certificate and we have no clue about their reliability. However, inaccuracy can lead to serious health issues.

Let's have a closer look at the usage of period tracking and its implications on socio-cultural and economic aspects of reproductive health. By sharing insights of qualitative research that I conducted with users of the period tracking app 'Clue', I will discuss the users' motivation and needs. This will show how health and reproductive care needs - more than any other sector - technologies that are transparent and reliable.

  • Move fast and break things!* I am an SRE /Devops engineer/ sysadmin, depending on the weather. I am also not the most senior person on any team and I am naturally risk averse. I think risk-aversion is an interesting factor to my specific line of work, where I often need to make singular, uninstrumented (and sometimes irreversible) changes to live systems. I have some impressions about where can I exploit this risk aversion to benefit my work, and where to fight it because it is an impediment, and how to tell the difference:)

About the speakers:

Kate Castellano - @katecastellano Kate is a Venezuelan Informatics Engineer, specialized in Mobile Development. She started her career as an Android Developer but then decided to change to iOS Development, where she has been working for the past 6 years. One of her passions is to work towards the inclusion of more women in technology, therefore she was the co-organizer of Women Who Go Berlin chapter, Event-Manager for Berlin's Geekettes Mentorship Program and a mentor in Learn It Girl!. She currently works as a Senior iOS Developer for Clue and you can find her on Twitter @katecastellano

Marie Kochsiek - @bl00dymarie Marie is both, a sociologist and software developer. Therefore she is interested in the intersections of technologies and societies, especially with respect to digital health tracking and digital rights. Currently, together with two other awesome developers she is working on an open source period tracking app. Her favourite code is free & open source, her favourite message is encrypted and her favourite hackspace is the @heartofcode.

Julia Biro Julia is SRE at Contentful, previously infrastructure engineer at Prezi. Passionate about CI, operations on live systems, and european cinema. Runs on coffee. Teaches coding to girls.

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