Yesterday, October 3, I attended a Fedora Women Day organized by the Fedora Diversity Team and Radka Janekova in particular in Brno. It was held in Red Hat Czech, and quite a few people attended!
There were many interesting talks on the agenda, and after a keynote from Radka we started with Jirka Eischmann’s talk about getting involved in Fedora. He gave an overview of many different ways how one can contribute, starting as simple as reporting bugs. He then talked about all the different teams that exist and where to find info about all of them.
The talks continued with a presentation from Iryna Shcherbina, who talked about Python in Fedora.
Iryna made several points:
- python 3 is already there
- there are multiple python interpreters, which are easy to install
- there are many things to do with python, including scientific projects
- it can also be a great way for kids to learn e.g. with micropython
She also did a couple very interesting demos and finished her talk with inviting everybody to learn and contribute by helping to port packages to python 3. So if you’d like to get involved, check this site: https://fedoralovespython.org/.
After Iryna, Radka talked about C# and specifically C# in Fedora. This talk was a bit more technical, so I didn’t take many notes.
Then we had a short break for snacks and discussion, immediately followed by Sabina Tumpachova’s talk about Diversity and Inclusion at Red Hat. She talked about embracing differences, Red Hat being a diverse and inclusive meritocracy and gave a few wonderful examples on how more diverse teams are more innovative. She also mentioned the importance of including all the voices in the conversation and need to address certain people directly to hear their opinion. Sabina talked about latest D&I outreach initiatives at Red Hat and communities that already exist.
Sabina’s talk was followed by Bara Buhnova from Czechitas. She talked a bit about herself and also about involving more and more girls in IT. Bara is sure that IT is the future and is genuinely excited by it. She is very enthusiastic and willing to share her passion. There are a few problems that girls willing to study IT encounter, such as lack of role models, lack of info, education and upbringing, as well as missing self-confidence. All these problems can be overcome, as Bara shows with her own example, and in Czechitas organizes communities where girls can be relaxed and learn more effectively. They also do some courses for kids, and many other things. Czechitas community is 12000+ people right now. I wish there courses in Brno were not only in Czech though, but it might change soon!
The last talk of the evening was from Tereza Ticha from talent acquisition, who talked a bit about internship opportunities in Red Hat. She described our internship program and what are the typical roles one can engage in at Red Hat. She also talked about her own experience and the benefits of working here. I myself am deeply involved in the internship program, and think Terka is doing amazing job!
I did go away inspired by all the talks, and would like to explore some of the topics in more detail. So thank you, organizers and speakers, and all who attended!