International Women's Day Mini-Conference! (with WWC DFW and Women Techmakers)

GDG Dallas
Fri, Mar 8, 2019, 6:30 PM (CST)

About this event

Please register on the WWCode Meetup Here :

It's time again for our annual International Women's Day event! We hope that you will join us for an evening of learning, and celebrating women in technology!

6:30-6:50 - Guest Sign-In
6:50 - 7:00 - A Word From USAA
7:00 - 7:25 - Women Who Code - A Year in Review
7:30 - 8:00 - The Main Role of Animations in User Interfaces, with Vanessa Alvarez
8:05 - 8:35 - Women, Programming, and the History of Computing, with Lucy McGuigan
8:35 - 9:00 - Final Raffle



* The Main Role of Animations in User Interfaces, with Vanessa Alvarez*

Animations is a word mostly known in the tech industry as the nice-to-have decorations which in the majority of cases they turn into the low hanging fruit of a project. In this talk I will explore some examples of well implemented web animations with the purpose of demonstrating the benefits that animations bring to the users, the importance of animating responsibly and how to communicate animations across teams. My goal is to convey to the audience that animations are more than just a decorative they make web interfaces more usable.

Vanessa was born and raised in Colombia and moved to sunny Miami 12 years ago. Vanessa went to school at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale for graphic design. In 2016 she decided to follow a new passion for web development and moved to Dallas to attend DevMountain. She currently works at Alkami Technology.

* Women, Programming, and the History of Computing, with Lucy McGuigan*

This presentation will explore the history of women’s contributions to programming and computer science. Figures discussed will include notable contributors from “first programmer” Ada Lovelace and her revolutionary ideas about the applications of the Analytical Engine, to the women programmers of the 1940s (such as Grace Hopper, and the women programmers of ENIAC and UNIVAC), to programmers of the 1960s and 1970s (like Elizabeth "Jake" Feinler of ARPANET) who made critical contributions to the field. The talk will touch upon shifts in gender demographics within the field over time to re-examine the historical narrative of women in programming.