Google I/O is the annual dev conference held of course by Google in San Francisco. This conference features highly technical, in-depth sessions focused on building web and mobile apps with Google and their open web technologies such as Andriod, Chrome and much more.
I'm excited to attend this event as part of their Women Techmaker's program. I couldn't wait to apply especially after a few numbers that were recently released about google's hiring statistics.
One question in particular stuck out on the grant application.
"How are you using technology to make the world a better place?".
My initial thought was "Wow, I also need to change the world?" This question got myself and other female members of my company discussing. In addition to being a developer, starting a software company, working around the clock to make that startup successful, giving back to the software community, speaking on behalf of women in this industry, being an elite athlete, and having a sliver of a personal life, why do I (or any female developer) also have to change the world?
Perhaps my honesty allowed me to be accepted by the committee, but nonetheless, I look forward to attending the conference and getting the opportunity to share some data from my previous conference talks on deconstructing women in technology and interpreting what the data is really telling us. If you're attending the conference, please don't hesitate to introduce yourself and say hello.