CFP: Codemotin Conference supports women application!


Hi all!
The most of you here around knows me ad a member of both Ubuntu and GNOME communities, but today I’m writing in behalf of Codemotion Conference organisation.
I want share and make you aware of a great opportunity for women to show up and getting involved: Codemotion Conference.
Codemotion is the biggest tech conference in Italy and one of the greatest in Europe, open to all languages and technologies. It’s the hub connecting technologies and coders.
We are currently running CFP for
CODEMOTION MILAN 20-21 november, Deadline september 8th
CODEMOTION BERLIN 2-3 November Deadline august 16th
CODEMOTION TEL AVIV December, Deadline september 30th
We are looking for disruptive proposals ranging from mobile to UX, devops, cloud, big data, gamedev, security, methods, languages, web, Internet of things.
Submissions that do not fit into these categories are also welcome, provided that they are relevant or inspirational to the tech community.
If you have a technical content you wish to share, please consider to apply now.
Some facts about 2014:
  • 4 main conferences with an average of:
  • 8 tracks
  • 100 tech talks
  • 40% international speakers (10% women)
  • more than 7000 attendees across Europe
  • more than 100 tech-communities
  • more than 350 speakers
  • a network of +30.000 developers
We do promote women participation in tech, so please of you want to share some tech contents or if you know someone who could be interested, don’t be shy and apply.
This is our website
This is our CoC
I can assure we are working hard to make the conference the most welcoming experience, and I would be really proud to offer to some other women in FLOSS an opportunity to tread such an exciting board.
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me: flavia.weisghizzi@codemotion.it
Hope to see you around!

10 cose che ho imparato dai miei primi 39 anni


Sabato scorso ne ho compiuti 39. E per una volta sento che c’è qualcosa di buono in questi anni da condividere. Esperienze, sensazioni, riflessioni. Consigli, per me stessa, per prima, e magari anche per te.

1) Le radici sono importanti, ma non si può sempre vivere come una freccia incoccata all’arco: impara a volare

2) Viaggia, non come un turista, ma come un pellegrino. Vai per imparare e non per comprare una esperienza.

3) Il giorno che pensi che hai finito di imparare è il giorno che sarai davvero morto, anche se respiri ancora.

4) Qualsiasi cosa devi fare, ricordati, scegli per prima cosa la persona con cui farla.

5) Non aver paura di uno schiaffo in piena faccia, anche se potrà fare male a volte può servire.

6) Sperimentati: non puoi mai sapere quello che potresti fare se non ci provi.

7) Lasciati attraversare dall’amore: è un fiume che nutrirà i tuoi giorni.

8) Mangia ciò che davvero vuoi, dormi quanto puoi. Sogna forte.

9) Dedicati almeno mezzora ogni giorno: corri, cammina, balla, pensa, se vuoi leggi una poesia.

10) Guarda i tuoi difetti, amali e perdonali: saranno la tua forza inattesa. Ma soprattutto ricorda che non potrai mai stare bene con gli altri, se prima non stai bene con te stesso.


Did you say… SECURITY????

Not more than 2 weeks ago, I have been around @ CISCO Live event in Milan, the industry’s premier education and training workshop.

Lazy walking around, I had a very interesting coffee with Giuseppe Paternò (aka Gippa): he was there on the behalf of Canonical (he was in charge to talk about OpenStack), but really our chat turn immediately on security matter.

Courtesy of zebble on flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/zebble/6786151/

Courtesy of zebble on flickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/zebble/6786151/

Security is probably one of the most important issue of these times, – among others, 2013 GNOME FoG campaign has been focused on security – and I think protection of (personal and corporate) data is “the” challenge of next ones.

As user, protection of my digital life is something I really worry about, but if I was a company… OH MY GOSH! Social networks, weak passwords, multiple devices, spyware, malware, negligence or simply oversight (geniuses are known to be differently focused… 🙂 ) how many doors would you like to open? How many temptations for a a blackhat?

What I really like in Giuseppe words has been the effort to make available for everyone his long lasting experience in FLOSS environment to provide a simple solution, called SecurePass.

SecurePass is a SaaS identity and access management backed by strong authentication and Single Sign On. Giuseppe explained me that the idea behind is that each web app and Linux system in the cloud has its own user base, therefore there is no central point of user management and no single way to enforce security policies. SecurePass targets Cloud apps and networks devices, and is currently using open protocols such as RADIUS, CAS, LDAP.

It is easy to integrate in Ubuntu: Luca Perencin, leader of the Ubuntu Users Official Group on LinkedIn, wrote an interesting article about it.

But Giuseppe wanted even more in the new release: he said he wanted it to be easy for developers to integrate it into their core framework, hence the implementation of new APIs and the group management.

Next release is codenamed Dreamliner, and that makes sense , because of Gippa’s great passion for flight: he has a private pilot licence… and he promised me a tour on a Diamond Aircraft DA40NG if I spread the word!!!

Just kidding of course, but this is my way to help the project – and, definitely, a friend.

The beta is there to help Giuseppe in driving SecurePass to something that is useful to both developers and users. New libraries are released as Open Source on GitHub and he’s looking for feedback and patches. Many heads are better then one, so please consider to join the free beta testing: for more info take a look at https://beta.secure-pass.net

My technical knowledge is too poor to allow me to assess a value, but if one of you will leave an opinion, I’ll be happy to read and share!

Happy testing!


Codemotion! C4P! -4 to go.


Curtains down on FOSSDEM and a new show is already ready to go!

Yesterday I went to the first Codemotion Techmeetup @Luissenlabs, a centre of excellence as start-ups Accelerator in Rome.

After almost an year far from home, it has been a good opportunity to meet some old good friends, among others Paola  “wonderpaolastra”  Santoro, from GGD-Rome, to whom we talked about Women in tech.

Born from the experience of Javaday, Codemotion is the event open to all (open) languages and technologies. The Italian stage of international tour will be held in Rome, from 9 to 12 April… If you’ll be around it could be interesting come and say “Hello!”. I attended a couple of editions, and I had a talk about Ubuntu some times ago, but I think nowadays Mara Marzocchi and Chiara Russo, the founders couple, gave to the event a more business oriented perspective.

Networking, Gaming and Hackhaton for a conference sponsored by Google, Oracle, Microsoft, IBM, with the participation of international speakers and a huge space for Communities.

C4P is still open till 9 Febrary, and I’m wondering to submit. And you?


I bulli dei social media.

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And the first thing that flashed into my gulliver was that I’d like to have her right down there on the floor with the old in-out, real savage.


Efficacia. Essenzialità. Condivisibilità. Queste sono le tre parole chiave per creare una campagna social funzionale e sembra che per raggiungere questi obiettivi ogni strumento sia lecito.

Sui social si attacca e ci si difende. Ma sui social – e questo sembra che molti non lo abbiano capito –  si dà una idea di sé e dei propri followers.

I grandi influencer –  quelli che sanno generare traffico  – sono divisi in due grandi categorie: chi genera informazione (di prima o seconda mano) e chi invece produce solo rumore.

Sono quelli che sporcano il gioco, che inondano la socialsfera di immondizia. Sono i bulli del web, buoni solo a cavalcare l’hype del momento, gente che venderebbe la madre per un punto di Klout.

La questione è semplice: c’è chi ha qualcosa da dire e chi non ce l’ha. Chi ha qualcosa da dire non ha bisogno di urlare, non ha bisogno di alzare i pugni e fare a chi ce l’ha più grosso. Chi ha qualcosa da dire non sente il bisogno di annichilire il proprio avversario, di offenderlo, di cannibalizzarlo.

Ma c’è di più. Il bullo del social media usa il sarcasmo per mascherare la propria impotenza, ma chi segue esprime, a sua volta, la propria frustrazione. Chi offende è sempre il primo ad ammettere la propria debolezza, e chi le segue lo fa solo per nascondersi dietro il più forte. Sì, stiamo parlando di branchi di pecore.

Possiamo dire che un branco di pecore sia una community interessante?

Beh, a volte può esserlo. Dipende. Purtroppo c’è chi con i propri follower non vuole dialogare, ma comandarli a bacchetta, devono sapere  chi è il signore e padrone. “Pecore” pensavo. Ma un vero leader sa quando concedere e mostrarsi generoso agli inferiori.

Ora, ci sono responsabili della comunicazione che cercano di fare il loro lavoro in modo professionale e offrire un servizio e ci sono altri che invece semplicemente fanno rumore. Chi è davvero professionale? Chi sta costruendo davvero valore?

Un social media bullo avvelena anche te. Digli di smettere.


Startups a confronto. #SMR6

Tornare da un evento come il Silicon Milk Roundabout nel cuore di Londra è decisamente interessante.

Mette a nudo, in poche parole, non solo le differenze tra la situazione italiana e quella di oltremanica, ma anche e soprattutto l’idea e le prospettive che differenziano due mercati così differenti.


La differenza più significativa è nel fatto che, nel confronto con l’Italia, in cui per la maggior parte le startups vedono al loro attivo un Team size ridotto all’osso, le startup presenti al #SMR6 avevano una media e una longevità ben più alta.

Definire Badoo una startup mi è sembrato forse davvero riduttivo – ma possiamo comunque considerarla come nome di richiamo dell’evento – ma in ogni caso Team size di 100 persone non erano così rare.

La seconda caratteristica di queste startups era la loro chiarezza in fatto di mission, brand e identità, business model. Pochissime volte mi è capitato di trovarmi di fronte a situazioni meno che ben struttuate, con una perfetta consapevolezza del target di riferimento. Niente startup ad altissimo (e fumoso) tasso tecnologico, insomma, ma progetti, obiettivi, strumenti.

E proprio per questo non avevano certo paura di collaborare e crescere insieme, dividendo spazi e costi.

Code first.

Il terzo elemento significtivo era il codice. L’idea che univa tutte queste realtà aziendali era il fatto di utilizzare gli strumenti informatici a supporto di un business model: questo era il modo di affrontare la sfida della scalabilità e della globalizzazione.

Ma prima di tutto c’era una idea, qualcosa da vendere, che fosse un servizio B2B, un dolcetto o dei contenuti top tailored: tanto arrosto e poco fumo, per dirla in breve.

Probabilmente anche per questo a fronte delle circa 60 startup presenti il primo giorno, dedicato all’UX design, al product management, al marketing, ce n’erano quasi il doppio il giorno successivo, in cui la ricerca era volta alle figure tecniche.

We’re hiring!

L’obiettivo del SMR era quello di mettere in contatto direttamente le aziende e i candidati, attraverso un processo di prima scrematura, e di seconda selezione (io sono stata selezionata top gold candidate) e tenendo ben alla larga i recruiters.

Questo significa che le aziende presenti erano ben interessate a investire in professionalità che creassero/sviluppassero o sostenessero il core business della startup, cercando però persone interessate alla condivisione di un progetto, che non appartiene, gelosamente custodito, ai fondatori, ma è come una onda che si deve propagare velocemente.

E proprio per questo sono disposti a spendere i circa 10000 pounds che costava lo stand per i due giorni.

Money everywhere

Image600 jobs filled, 950 vacancies, 7 milioni di pound risparmiati nella selezione del personale. Business cards, acqua, birra, vino, coca cola, caffè, cioccolato, cappuccini gratis. No, non gratis. Sponsorizzati. Occasione per farsi notare, per rimanere impressi. Offrire un servizio in cambio di visibilità, di qualcosa da portare con te. Un nome, un pensiero, un ricordo.

Certo non come Togethera, che ha portato un pitone vivo (lo vedete in braccio a me qui a destra), ma qui c’è una bella dfferenza tra investire e buttare via i soldi.

Perché every single penny matters.

p.s. A latere dell’evento mi piace segnalare alcune delle startup che hanno attirato la mia attenzione. Magari può essere un buono spunto.

Moo: eCommerce – http://uk.moo.com/

Graze: food – http://www.graze.com/uk/

Notinthehighstreet: eCommerce – http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/

Bossa studio: Social and mobile gaming – http://www.bossastudios.com/


Silicon Milk Roundabout #6 – London. Great expectations.


Really great expectations for the Silicon Milk Roundabout in London. I will attend on Saturday (but I will be around also on Sunday), Product day, looking for some interesting position in Communication & Marketing.

I have been very – and positively – surprised opening my e-mail today and reading that I’ve been picked as a Gold Top candidate, due my high relevant skills. Awesome!

I do really thanks both Ubuntu and GNOME communities to gave me the opportunity, in time, to improve my skills, and to face day-by-day an international environment which so much gives a boost to my competence.

Startup is the world of future: it’s quite easy to understand that the most exciting ideas of next 5 years will be developed in a startup and have the opportunity to meet them all under the same roof means to glance between future’s pages..

Which startup would you bet on?

And if you would bet on me, here you are 5 good reason to do it!

See you on Saturday!



I’m curiousAbout things, world, food
I can’t stop being fascinated by the wonder of life and human thought. Two days ago I was speaking with an old friend, comparing Euler’s identity and the Dirac equation to decide which of two was richer in beauty.
I’m an avid reader. The saddest day in my life  was when I realized I would never be able to read all the books I could love in my entire life. The second saddest day was when I realized world is too small.

This pushed me to choice. This led me to focus on details, appreciate little things, start living.

You need to give a direction to your projects,  and gather tips from the road around: every single detail matters, every experience is worth living, it is the ray of light that make our life shine.

I took a flight from home and I found my place here, 2000 miles away, just because it was what I considered right for me. 2000 miles away. Far but not too far: I’m brave, not insane.

I’m a writerAnd taught creative writing
I write. Writing is like jazz: 99% application, 1% inspiration. Inspiration is the light dragonfly twirling on a solid stone: you have to nourish the first, letting the world sows you emotions, but there will be a solid rock to support your inspiration. Theory of writing (starting from Milan Kundera and Italo Calvino essays), metric, rhytm, rethoric, style: this is my background, which I taught in my creative writing courses. During my lessons, I also introduced elements of lateral thinking applied to creativity (following samples from Edward De Bono theories), use of juxtaposition of casual  elements or playing with words associations in order to providing suggestions, and inspire creativity.
I have published about ten books: my poems (you can have a taste on my blog)  and my short novels hide a strong work on words, to reduce to essential: a word is a sign of the soul.

I’m open minded  – But focused on Communication
I chose the world of publishing because it gave me the opportunity to do what I love to do: write. I write everyday, and almost every day I have to write a review or an introduction to a book, an article, some personal writings.

But starting from some years ago, I felt something was missing: the broadband helped me to be connected with other people worldwide. I met FLOSS, I joined the Ubuntu community and most recently GNOME. I  am a communicator in a world of coders, and instigated interviews with the Ubuntu community on National radio and television many times, and in major daily national newspapers.

Finally, the coming of social media anted up, and I needed to call: among other, I’ve been asked to maintain GNOME group LinkedIn profile.

What will be the next challenge?

I am Italian   – Naturally disposed to art and design.

I come from Rome, which means to have a Caravaggio in every church and Bernini at every corner.
But Rome means also Renzo Piano’s Auditorium, Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI – National museum of 21st century art – Richard Meier’s Jubilee Church, and I don’t talk about fashion…
I’ve not only grown in beauty, I deeply study history of art, and especially XX Century art, pop art, action painting, Neo-expressionism and trans-avantgard, and later, street art & graffiti culture.
I supported the study of art and design with Gestalt principles, applying them to discover tricks and grids of visual communication related to advertising.
I’m quite clever in finding harmony, and use anomalies to put in evidence concepts or keywords.

Genius breaks rules, but knows them well.

I have a positive attitude to life   – But I ask and give respect.

Act like an adult think like a child. I always protected my inner part preserving my capability to be moved.

Life is hard, working is hard, but maybe it could be better if we face them dressed in our best frock: a shining smile (with a touch of M.A.C. Russian Red, of course!).

I’m happy when I have found an inusitate solution (I love puzzle adventure video games, of course), when my work or my acts increase the general level of happiness of people I’m dealing with, I love brainstorming and exchange of ideas, because every word could be a trigger for great things.

I love finding new point of views,  I love experiment and challenge myself: it is when you are supposed to lose that you usually win.

If my words tickle your fancy, please knock at my door: I’m always curious to see what lies behind 🙂