Django Girls: Decade in Review and Beyond
06-05, 10:00–10:55 (Europe/Madrid), Auditorium

On the 21st of July 2014, the first day of EuroPython 2014 in Berlin, the first-ever Django Girls workshop was held. This year, Django Girls turns 10! As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we invite you to join us as we examine the transformational decade of Django Girls, a global movement dedicated to empowering women in technology and strengthening the Django community through fostering diversity.


On the 21st of July 2014, the first day of EuroPython 2014 in Berlin, the first-ever Django Girls workshop was held. This year, Django Girls turns 10! As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we invite you to join us as we examine the transformational decade of Django Girls, a global movement dedicated to empowering women in technology and strengthening the Django community through fostering diversity.

In this talk, we will explore the milestones, achievements and impact Django Girls has made over the past ten years. We will also celebrate the incredible individuals who have embraced our goals and coding through our workshops. We will reflect on the profound changes witnessed in the world of tech by breaking through barriers and fostering a supportive community. We will, of course, unveil our exciting plans for the future, outline new initiatives to broaden our reach and enhance inclusivity and continue our mission to inspire more folks to fall in love with programming.

The structure of our talk will be as follows:
- The Origins
- How it evolved over time
- Challenges
- Successes
- Individual Success Stories
- Going Forward
- Call For Action

We invite you to be a part of this retrospective analysis and to look ahead with us as we chart a course for even greater accomplishments in the coming years in our Django Girls: A Decade in Review and Beyond synopsis.


Topics

Community

Audience Level

Beginner

I am a freelance software engineer based in Harare, Zimbabwe. I am also the Fundraising Coordinator/Software Engineer/Trustee for the Django Girls Foundation. I am a former President of the Django Software Foundation, having served on the DSF Board in various capacities from 2018 - 2022. I am the DjangoCon Africa organising committee chair and have also organised PyCon Zimbabwe 2016/2017. I have also organised several Django Girls events in Zimbabwe, Germany and Tanzania and given talks at many conferences including DjangoCon Europe 2017, DjangoCon US 2018, PyCon Africa 2019 and DjangonCon Africa 2023.

Rachell is a Django developer deeply committed to crafting practical, user-friendly software tools and promoting inclusivity within communities.

She currently holds positions as a trustee for Django Girls and an organizer for PyLadies, DjangoCon US, and Djangonaut Space, where she works to empower individuals to explore their boundaries and achieve their goals.

Outside of technology, Rachell has recently been trying her hand in the world of music 🎸.