WordCamp 2016

The worst thing about being on the organizing committee for WordCamp is how few of the talks you get to go see 🙂 However I did sneak out to see several in the morning, starting with Sam Hotchkiss’s excellent introduction to security talk, Security 101. He covered the basics of having a more secure site really well, and now I have pointers to things I need to know more about. My short list for this is:

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Save the date!

We’re planning a small WordCamp in April, geared towards people actively using WordPress. No beginners sessions this time (that’s for a future event). We’ll be limiting attendance to 100 people so if you’re interested, sign up soon. We’re actively seeking volunteers and speakers. Get in touch on our event website.

RubiABQ sponsors a Code Retreat on Pi Day

Ideas and Coffee is pleased to help out with a Code Retreat that’s being sponsored by the RubiABQ Meetup group. Here’s the announcement for the event, and we have a small web site set up to take registrations at abqcoderetreat.org.


From the coderetreat.org website:

Coderetreat is a day-long, intensive practice event, focusing on the fundamentals of software development and design. By providing developers the opportunity to take part in focused practice, away from the pressures of ‘getting things done’, the coderetreat format has proven itself to be a highly effective means of skill improvement..

RubiABQ is lucky to have two members who have attended Coderetreats before, and one of them, Ben Cates, has volunteered to be the coordinator for (to the best of our knowledge) Albuquerque’s first Coderetreat.

More information will be available soon, but I’ve put this on the calendar now so people can plan to attend. At our last meeting we had a half dozen or so people state that they planned to go. We will be limiting this inaugural event to 30 participants. It is not Ruby-specific and we will be contacting other programming and development groups to let them know.

STEM conference for girls 10-14 at UNM!

Expand your Horizons is a conference for girls in the 5th-9th grade. It focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). They have a conference once a year and this year’s conference is coming up Feb. 7th at Dane Smith Hall on the University of New Mexico Campus. There are a ton of really interesting panels! A group of women who work out of Ideas and Coffee are doing a panel on Wearable Electronics. It’s the second year for this group headed up by Alice Shriver to present at EYH and we’re looking forward to having lots of fun! If you have daughters in this age group who might be interested here’s a pointer to more information.

The evolution of a quiet conversation

Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 3.20.58 PMIn November I didn’t know anything about Expand Your Horizons, an organization whose mission statement is “Inspiring girls to recognize their potential and pursue opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)”. At the end of January a group of us spent a delightful Saturday morning teaching girls about Scratch, a visual programming language developed by MIT to be a gateway to learning programming. What happened in between is the magic that happens in coworking spaces. Quiet conversations between people who are involved in activities  as diverse as building video courses to teach website design to engineering devices to make life more accessible for the handicapped. Conversations about helping out with a project to give girls exposure to science, technology and more choices in careers. I would never have volunteered on my own, but with a team of three other dynamic women it was a no brainer to do this, and watching bright young minds figure things out was so inspiring. So, thanks coworking! 🙂

Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 3.21.10 PMYou can read about the conference in the Albuquerque Journal: http://www.abqjournal.com/347367/news/girls-get-exposed-to-science.html Our class was the Game Design Workshop.