Sunday Brunch with the girls
Who knew it’d be next to impossible to find a free evening to meet some friends, finally we found a Sunday to meet up and have some brunch.
Most folks know I’m not from Dublin, and while it’s great here, I have a job and live in a nice place and a lot of the Ubuntu folks are here I miss hanging out with mates and just going for a chin wag over a cup of tea. When I first moved up I was invited to a Girl Geek Dinner. Not sure what it was or where it would lead to, but I’m damn glad I went as I’ve met some great friends there and I look forward to the discussions we have.
I have to first say there are not that many Ubuntu women over here, but that’s fine I don’t mind. It’s nice just to meet other women in technology and we discuss random bits of stuff happening in Ireland. Events, conferences, new technologies, showing off the new phone we’ve brought to lunch and just general hanging out.
I finally got to catch up with Martha, Ana and Andrea for brunch two weeks ago after not getting a chance to meet up since November before Jaime went back down under to Oz and left Ireland. I thought I’d introduce you to folks over here that I interact with in the women in technology area who like me embrace technology, go to conferences and get our Geek fixes by talking about gadgets and new technologies.
Martha Rotter – Is a technology evangelist, and has been her whole life. There’s very little she find boring. She’s that kinda geek who can’t wait to try out everything new and shiny. And when she find things she loves, she can’t help but share her enthusiasm with others who might benefit from new technology. Lucky enough that this is now her full time job, she spends time with developers in Ireland and Northern Ireland working on brand new tech in areas like web applications, video games, robotics, 3D, touch interfaces and more. When not in front of a computer or a crowd, you can probably find her at community events like OpenCoffee, BarCamp, Age Action or Girl Geek Dinners.
Ana Nelson – Having fallen in love with programming while studying for her Ph.D. in economics, she now develop open source software and write web applications. Currently she works as an investment analyst based in Dublin, Ireland and loves to build tools to analyze and visualize data, run simulations and automate anything boring. She spoke at OSSBarcamp and hopefully she will do again.
Andrea Magnorsky – Andrea is a professional software developer and has accrued many years of experience building solid applications. Looking for ways to improve code she came across Rails and the Castle stack, which includes Monorail. Andrea is heavily involved in the organisation of Alt Net in Dublin. She is also involved in Ruby Ireland as she has a growing interest in Ruby. Andrea liked the Castle stack so much that she co-developed an eCommerce solution using Monorail in her spare time.
These are just some of the cool women I get to meet in Ireland working in technology, it’s fascinating the diverse topics that come up and the lengthy and interesting conversation we have. I don’t necessarily get to meet women in Open Source, but that’s fine. Meeting others from different groups and areas leads to more discussions and learning from one another.