In early June 2019 I was planning a three months trip to Germany from Tanzania (East Africa) The purpose of my visit was to get to know the tech and innovation ecosystem in Europe, but also to network and more importantly raise funding for the startup I founded - Mobile afya. Prior to my trip I was already invited to a number of events and conferences, but I still knew I would have some spare time.
The moinworld Summer Camp Every year we at moinworld e.V. organize our summer camp for female students and want to tell you about this year’s Corona Digital version. The goal of moinworld e.V. is to create a developer community where women and girls have the same opportunities to help shape the digital future as men. We achieve this by strengthening women: Through IT education and by supporting a helpful network.
moinworld’s virtual event series - in times of social distancing this time presenting Airbus On June 4th, we met the community online again. This time, we were looking forward to meeting the team of Airbus to get insights into how the company and especially the IT department was managing during the crisis. We had two talks planned for the evening - one by Lenneke Alves-Bakker who is Head of Change and Adoption Digital Workplace and one by Camille Levesque, Marketing Manager at the Airbus Protospace Hamburg.
This week, already our third virtual meetup took place. We talked about remote working or rather: Remote Management: Transitioning into online collaboration. Right from the start, it was nice to experience the sense of community, and we already started to chat while all the participants were joining. You could feel that this is missing at a time when we all sit in front of our computers, at home, and no small talk with colleagues is possible.
Due to the current situation, there have also been changes to our work. Also, Annika, Philine and Katha have just become part of the now virtual team. Read here about the possibilities to meet us despite physical distancing – may it be at one of the next online programming courses, at the Meetup with NEW WORK SE about Remote Work, at our book club about Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez or Inferior by Angela Saini or at our preparation course for the Federal Computer Science Competition.
In times of “physical distancing” we organized the first virtual Women Techmakers Meetup. Admittedly, we were all a bit skeptical at the beginning. Which tool should we use? How do we create interaction? After we had clarified the technical details, we started the experiment. But the Corona crisis is not only changing the way we network, it is also turning school life upside down. Children and young people no longer learn in the classroom.
WOMAN IN TECH INTERVIEW: KATHARINA ABOUT THE MOVE FROM 'HOW TO MAKE A PRETTY PRESENTATION' TO 'I CAN CREATE A WORKING DIGITAL PRODUCT'
What should we know about you? On April 1, 2020 I will start my first job as a programmer, exactly one year after I was at a conference that turned my world upside down. This conference gave me the idea that I can become a woman in tech, too. I consider my own way into the world of IT to be extraordinary. And I had many prejudices myself. I never thought of myself as a nerd, nor did I think that I had the necessary skills.
What should we know about you? I am Ramina, 28 years old and grew up in Hamburg. At the moment I work for Hapag-Lloyd AG as a software developer. Before that I worked as an IT consultant at Hermes Germany GmbH. Were you interested in IT and programming from an early age? Actually, I have spent a lot of time at the computer since I was 9 years old - but never programmed.
We get asked frequently why the proportion of women in computer science is so low. Anja has already developed her own hypotheses.You can read them in this blog post. But we also like to read the stories of the women in our community. Today we interviewed Katja, who after a successful first state examination in law does not continue her classical legal career but studies computer science. When did you first come into contact with computer science?