For Jessica, it all began at PythonNamibia2015. She went there, not because she wanted to learn python, but because she was bored. And the conference was free. It had all changed by the end of the conference! Thanks to the organizers that inspired a lot of people there to become active with python.
In 2017, she helped organize a ‘computer day’. Talks and panel discussions, poster presentations, software project presentations and workshops. It was aimed at kids!
Especially the panel discussions were aimed at the newcomers: trying to transfer experience. In 2018, there were separate workshop days, amongst other an introductory python course.
There are some differences from organizing a conference for adults:
Ok… all this is quite some work. Why go through all that trouble?
She teaches at a school with 215 students. But there is not a single computer. How to let those students get into contact with computers? Organizing such a computer day at the university helped. They could use the university’s computers in the weekend that way. And it helped get some sponsorship for computers for her school.
Help is needed here!
Thanks for the python and django foundations, as they were the two that made the computer day 2017 possible. In 2018, they were more sponsors: thanks!
Photo explanation: constructing a viaduct module (which spans a 2m staircase) for my model railway on my attic.
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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