Women Who Code Meetup: a recap from a woman who doesn’t really code

Racepoint Global

Written by: Faith Martin – Account Executive

Last week I attended the Women Who Code Meetup and Lightning Talks (6-minute presentations by attendees on any topic of interest or expertise) in Boston. This is a monthly event where women in technology get together to network, share ideas, and learn from one another. With just a baseline level of knowledge and a general interest in coding, technology, and analytics, I wanted to listen in to gain a better understanding of these thriving categories. Not being in a tech role, I had a feeling much of the event would go over my head, but I was able to take away much more than I had anticipated. Here are few things that stuck with me:

It’s important to switch up your perspective.

Putting yourself in someone else’s mindset allows you to understand how your team members may view things differently. Working for an integrated marketing agency, it is particularly important for all of us to assess problems from a variety of angles. Hearing from the attendees of this event served as a reminder that team members across departments can offer new and different solutions, and that maintaining a network across capabilities and global offices can help us best serve our clients’ needs.

During a lightning talk on design thinking for user experience, we were also encouraged to challenge ourselves to think differently because – friendly reminder – we’re all creative and can bring creative solutions to the table.

Some challenges are universal.

Two of the talks during the meetup focused on technical interviewing and career development. It was clear that no matter your career path, we can all use a little guidance and advice. That’s why communities like Women Who Code are so helpful and important – they provide access to people in the industry who have gone through the similar challenges and are willing to help us to learn from their successes and mistakes.

It was also interesting to have a glimpse into the technical interview and the different aspects interviewees need to be prepared for, such as solving problems through writing out code on a whiteboard and being prepared to explain the logic and rationale behind it.

Women are doing exciting things in technology.

One of the best parts of this event was hearing attendees share their current projects and ideas. We had the opportunity to hear about exciting projects taking place in Boston and beyond, and meet and connect with leaders in the industry. Having some time at the end to meet more attendees and listen to even more stories and ideas was a great way to wrap up a fun and interesting event.