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CFP: Codemotin Conference supports women application!

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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!
Cheers,
Flavia
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Codemotion! C4P! -4 to go.

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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?

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Silicon Milk Roundabout #6 – London. Great expectations.

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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!

Flavia

5 GOOD ANSWERS TO THE QUESTION “IS SHE GOOD FOR US?”

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 🙂

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Sunday stuff…

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Sunday afternoon…

Only some hours last before I take my flight to Prague to reach my first GUADEC and I’m very very excited!!!

My luggage is very far to be ready, my presentation is on its way (BTW, timetable has change, my talk about Outreaches will be on Thursday, August 1st, at 2:00 pm!!!) but meanwhile…

If you don’t know how spend your waiting time till Conference starts, and you didn’t already be aware of them, you can read what our great keynote speakers answered to my questions!!!

Let’s discover Ethan Lee and Cathy Malmrose!

Thank you very much to all marketing team to help me delivering these interviews at my best!

Enjoy!

Flavia 🙂

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GUADEC GUADEC!

It’s always very exciting have the opportunity to meet face to face people you’re used to deal with on IRC or via mail.

I knocked on GNOME’s door in autumn and I need to say that this choice changed my life: I met some very valuable persons which let me step-in GNOME circle of trust. And that’s great!

And now… GUADEC is coming, and I’ll attend for my very first time!

I do thanks Travel Committee to have accepted my request of sponsorship and GUADEC papers committee to have accepted my talk in which I’ll present my work about outreaches.

And, of course all the friends who supported me during last months!

But much stuff is cooking… Don’t miss incoming news!

Can’t wait to meet you all in Brno!

Cheers,

Flavia

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The humble leader

Recently a company I know has chosen as a new leader of one of his most important project a very arrogant person.
I had the opportunity to work with him some times ago, and all the people that met him agree with me about his arrogance.
This man has indubitably a great know-how, he’s brilliant and talented for his work (but maybe less than others) but he is very able to increase his self-branding.
He built in times an image of solid professional, built not on his 20 years experience but on his bad temperament, on his arrogance, his language often remarkable when not openly rude.

The question is: he’s been chosen because or despite his bad temperament?

Some times ago I read an interesting story: a leader of a great company asked to a marketing guru if the fact his company wasn’t as big as Apple depended on he was an humble leader.
The answer was that Apple was a big company in spite of Jobs’ bad temperament.

In the highly controversial Good to Great book, the author, James C. Collins examines the performance over 40 years of 11 companies that became great.
The first of seven characteristics of companies that went “from good to great” is to have an inspired but humble leader.

Although many companies and many project have a strong leader, in my mind the my way or the highway approach is located just a step away from Godfather’s style.

I believe that a leader ought to be flexible, to be a good listener and not only a screaming monkey, he should be ready to learn from his mistakes, he should be aware to be not perfect, but perfectible.
In a nutshell, a good leader is charismatic and inspiring but refuses to be bossy.

A good example of charismatic humble leader is without doubt Mr. Barack Obama, a bossy leader is – unfortunately – Mr Silvio Berlusconi.

To be driven to do what’s best for the company, to be enthusiastic and crowd enchanter is quite different from state own authority with arrogance: in my humble opinion, a bad temperament often could hide skills and talents or – worse – cover a lack of them.

In reverse, an overweening attitude, very often shows an inner weakness and a intimate need to be reassured that immediately ceases when that leader lost his/her power.

That said, if mostly researches demonstrate that good-to-great leaders, it turns out, are humble, why so many bully leader there around?

Be inspiring. Don’t be overwhelming. Be a leader.

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I’m very excited to share with you all this great change in my life!

I’m moving to Edinburgh! Yes, sometime life knocks at our doors, and we need to open 🙂

Moving to UK was a buzz in my mind since a very long time, and finally I have had the opportunity to achieve it, and next Friday, April 19th, I’ll be there!!!

I’m very happy, of course, but it’s a huge challenge, which probably I would not have been able to face without my OPW experience: everyday job in English, that is not my native language, gave me the self-confidence I need to make this choice.

 In Edinburgh I hope to find a stimulating environment for my life and my writing, some new friends, and, why not? A good job.

I’ve spent my OPW in GNOME Marketing team and I’ll be really delighted to exploring new employment opportunities, maybe (but not only, of course) in FOSS (if you know of any that might be a good fit, don’t be ashamed to contact me :P!!!)

And, last BUT not least, I hope (and I’m pretty sure) people from GNOME and Ubuntu living in Edinburgh which are reading this post, will be so welcoming as Ubuntu and GNOME communities have been with me.

 See you in UK!

 Lovely from,

 Flavia

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Ubuntu, GNOME and OPW.

It seems hard to believe but this last OPW months flew like the wind.

My first thought is a HUGE THANKS to all the women which work behind this project, first of all Karen and Marina.

I have been lucky, and I have had the opportunity to work with Karen, who mentored me (and Sriram too, of course!) and this has been an excellent chance to prove myself in an very international environment with people of great competency, and everybody knows competency is the first quality of an outstanding ledership.

This round of OPW is closed, but another one is approaching: another opportunity for new lady rock stars to full try out their competences, in coding, marketing, design and so on

Next round will be held in june/september 2013 and submission deadline is on May 1st: complete details of next round are available here: OutreachProgramForWomen.

This program is an unique opportunity to work with awesome women in every part of the world… why don’t you take a look and have your try?

My only regret in these three months has been that I haven’t met any women coming from Ubuntu.

Participating organizations come from very different FOSS projects, from KDE and from GNOME, from Debian, Mozilla, Wikimedia, just to remember the more famous, but it’s very sad to me to realize that Ubuntu isn’t involved at all, as project and as people.

As a Ubuntu Women co-leader I really hope that my experience will serve. I found a great effort from everybody to make me feel comfortable albeit I’m not an English native speaker and I was really much more tied to Ubuntu than Fedora or GNOME communities.

I’ll be enlightened if this could encourage the build of bridges between Ubuntu Women and OPW, and, why not, be the first step to consider GNOME people as a counterpart again.

I believe every woman in FOSS really rocks, and I really hope all women will find a way to walk together again 🙂

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Outreach report (part II)

During the first part of my OPW, I spent much of my time in investigating the issues newcomers could encounter in approaching FOSS. Results of my work, are available here.
Starting form these results, I’ve spent some time in second part of my internship in studying how to apply what I’ve discovered in the GNOME environment.
I’ve tried to provide some answers to the questions I met: I share with you the result of my work.

Classification of newcomers.

I’ve try out that newcomers could be generally set in three type:

Type A: Enthusiastic

An Enthusiastic newcomer is a great passionate of GNOME, is a GNOME user and generally decides to use some of his time to give a hand.
He has not a well established idea about what he can do, but he wants to contribute.
Probably he’ll start to follow as much ML as he can, join IRC channel, proposing himself for every task.
What he really needs is a guide not only a Mentor, but someone who can address him to the right team,   supply some indication about guidelines and more important, give him some task to do, that could help him to perfectly feel himself as a part of community.

Risks and potentialities: An Enthusiastic newcomer is proud to serve the project he chose, is very participative, but his outburst risks to burn away and fall very quickly, if he doesn’t find the right way to  take part of community.

Type B: Passionate

A Passionate newcomer is a volunteer provided of some experience in GNOME world.
He could be a GNOME user, and very often he came from other FOSS projects.
He desires offer his capabilities and some amount of his time in developing some specific part of project.
What he really needs is to find well defined task to do and some people who could steer him in early days.

Risks and potentialities: A Passionate newcomer is usually a professional who has little time to spend, but can offer a significant know-how. Generally his contribute is not daily, but often very relevant and long-lasting.

Type C: Technician

A Technician newcomer approach a community bringing a great experience.
Usually he has a technical background and is a first class citizen in FOSS world.
Coder or not coder, he has a great familiarity with community tools.
What he really needs is to find well written documentation and guidelines, and some project in which he cans easily take part.

Risks and potentialities: whatever be the know-how brought by a Technichian newcomer, it will be valuable; the main risks involve only the capability of newcomer to integrate his knowledge to work-flow.

Howdy, newcomer!

A very relevant issue we should take in consideration, is how a newcomer joins GNOME.
My personal opinion is through IRC Channels.
A direct contact is always the best, IMHO, but IRC Channels can’t be enough to provide detailed info.
This should be the role of gnome.org/ gnome.org/get-involved/ pages.
I’ve been really pleased to notice that design renewal of the site occurred for GNOME 3.8 released highlights Discover GNOME3, FoG Campaign and Get Involved project.

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But Get involved page is maybe a little confusing.

So, what do you want to do?

This question perfectly fits needs of Type B and Type C newcomers, but type A?
Very often a Type A newcomer doesn’t know what he wants to do, maybe he barely is aware of what he is able to do.
“Hi, I’m a FOSS passionate, I’m not able to code, I’ve a good command with writing and I speak a good English. What can I do?”

I’m sure every translation team leader is smiling 🙂

I’ve a long searched a graphical way to immediately depict if skills and team requests match via comparison tables or similar tools, but I didn’t find a good solution.

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GNOME has a great initiative, GNOME love, but how can I find some info about GNOME love in Get involved page? At the very bottom of this page.

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I’ve browsed through many FOSS pages and their “Get involved” pages are very similar to each other.
I believe we should give more relevance to all the GNOME love initiative: GNOME love logo should be put in evidence on the upper part of “Get involved page” (I’ve tried to draw some mock up but it wasn’t really remarkable) and immediately has to catch newcomers focus.

Are you just arrive? Take a look to our GNOME Love program for newcomers!

GNOME Love pages, in my opinion, should be a very easy page, with a large use of Icons referring to each team, the name, mail and or nick of some referents for each project, a IRC channel (if present) and some quick info about most common used programs, technologies and tools.

Something like this http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps or like https://developer.apple.com/programs/ios/

GNOME Love pages should furthermore provide easy to use samples and tutorials like these  (and don’t forget translation!) which could be integrated and represent an effective starting point.

Conclusions.

I’m not pretty sure of which solution works as a charm to encourage newcomers outreach in GNOME Community; I can’t be sure that my proposals will be realized or perfectly match with GNOME lacks, I hope nevertheless they could be useful, in some ways.

I believe that every newcomer who becomes a volunteer and maybe a Member is a great achieve of whole community, GNOME Community, and FOSS Community.
Sometimes it’s hard, because newcomers are often very demanding and mentors are always too busy, but I believe it’s worth trying.
This is my last post as GNOME OPW intern, and if this internship has been so exciting, I have to say thanks to my mentors, Karen and Sriram, but to all the people I’ve met during last three months.

My OPW internship is over, but my work in GNOME is going ahead.

With love,

Flavia 🙂

 

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GNOME 3.8: Proud to be there

GNOME 3.8 has been finally released, as everybody knows.
But what really you can’t imagine, it’s the deep sense of pride and excitation you can try out in feeling yourself part of this fantastic adventure.
I’m member of Ubuntu, but albeit I’ve always taken part of Marketing team, I’ve never felt so involved previously.
I suppose it depends from the deep differences in power relations between Canonical and Ubuntu in regard of a community driven project as GNOME.
I haven’t wrote code, or drawn interfaces, but I’ve been asked to write up a draft of Press Release, and I can swear it has been exciting.
Obviously everyone in Marketing team made of his best to improve earlier text, and I feel it was born as a awesome mix of different passions and backgrounds.
What I really get from this experience is that everyone is truly capable to add his help in this project, and that GNOME 3.8 is really a common effort.

GNOME 3.8 has been the very first release I’ve been involved to, and I’m proud to be there.