Who's your Ada?

Berlin | Hamburg | Munich

13th October 2015


Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of celebration that helps people learn about the achievements of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), inspiring others and creating new role models for young and old alike. Ada Lovelace was a mathematician who is often referred to as the first computer programmer. She helped shape technology of the 19th century and is regarded as one of the figureheads in the history of computing.

This year marks the 200th anniversary and ThoughtWorks is delighted to host events across our German offices. We will do some short lightning talks, share ideas in an informal and creative environment and, of course, mingle. 


How we encouraged more diversity at EURUcamp (Munich)

What does it take for a conference to successfully promote diversity and radiate inclusiveness? A short overview of what the team at eurucamp 2015 did for everyone to feel welcome and encourage participation.

Retaining women in IT (Hamburg)

Dani has spent the last six years advocating to get more women and minorities into technology and is a firm believer that this industry needs to be more diverse. However, she has recently hit a wall, and is finding it harder to promote this industry. During this talk, she will address the massive elephant in the room: After women finally join the industry, nearly half will leave. Unfortunately, this is a very real problem and Dani doesn't have all of the answers. She is seeking to start a conversation on how we can make the tech industry both welcoming to women and a place which retains them.

Diversity & Agile (Munich)

What are the common traits between diversity and the agile principles of collaboration, transparency or respect? We learned that teams with a mix of skills, attitudes and cultural backgrounds are more effective at solving problems and learning together. Naturally you would think. Really? Diverse individuals working together are still facing many hurdles that stop them from acting as a team and we want to share our experiences and learnings. 

6 Life Hacks (Hamburg)

I would like to share 6 life hacks that I have discovered and internalized over the years. These are tailored to females, but they will resonate with everyone from the audience. I drew this set of tricks from various sources, such as books, articles, conferences, TEDx talks, news and my personal experience, and I believe you will find them quite useful. 

Unravelling the code (Hamburg)

I want to take you on my journey from psychologist and project manager to software developer. I want to share 10 minutes of getting started and thinking opportunities.

The challenges of attracting women in IT (Munich)

Franziska will share some insights of her own experiences in IT recruitment and how difficult it is to attract women in the field of engineering. She is seeking to start a discussion on how we can become more open for women in the tech industry and what it needs to get there.

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18.30hWelcome & Networking
19.30hDiscussion and Q&A 
20.00hNetworking, Drinks and Snacks
21.00hEvent concludes

Anastasia Belozertseva

Anastasia Belozertseva (Hamburg)

Applications Developer

Anastasia Belozertseva is a Consultant and Software Developer at ThoughtWorks. Problems excite her, and she loves solving them through technology. She is a passionate advocate for diversity in STEM. She is also a physics nerd and a keen traveler, and she never misses a chance to explore new places and meet new people. 

Barbara Buksch
Barbara Buksch (Munich)Agile Coach, Anovio AG

Barbara Bucksch has been working on optimizing product development for five years. She works as an Agile Coach and Scrum Master with management and development teams.  Focusing on the usage of agile and lean principles, Barbara enables teams to make their products/projects more effective and successful – and the world a little bit better.

Dani Schufeldt
Dani Schufeldt (Hamburg)Senior Quality Analyst, ThoughtWorks

Dani Schufeldt is a Quality Analyst with ThoughtWorks. She loves to challenge the way people think about quality by integrating herself throughout the entire software development lifecycle. She’s an avid traveler and enjoys having the ability to learn new skills from people all over the globe.

Franziska Elle
Franziska Elle (Munich)Tech Recruiter, Scout24

Franziska Elle is a Tech Recruiter at Scout24 with a passion for both people and technology. After working for several tech companies, she got more and more into technology to connect with people. She strongly believes that productivity is much higher in diverse teams and drives initiatives to increase the number of women in IT. Also, she enjoys learning more about different countries and cultures while travelling around the globe.

Helga Plinke
Helga Plinke (Munich)Project and Product Manager, ThoughtWorks

Helga Plinke is a Project and Product Manager with ThoughtWorks. She loves creating and continuously optimising great products and is passionate about the people and processes behind them. She is an enthusiastic traveller and always looking for new challenges, meeting new people and change of perspectives.

Ilias Bartolini
Ilias Bartolini (Munich)Developer, ThoughtWorks 

Ilias Bartolini is a software developer and technologist with ThoughtWorks. He’s passionate about free & open source software, open knowledge, digital rights, continuous learning and Agile. His personal mantra comes from the back cover of one of the diaries of Anne Frank: "Soit gentil et tiens courage" (Be kind and be brave).

He usually writes here: http://iliasbartolini.name/

Jillian C. York
Jillian C. York (Berlin and live stream to Hamburg and Munich)Director for International Freedom of Expression, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Jillian C. York is a writer and activist focused on the intersection of technology and policy. Based in Berlin, she serves of the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she works on issues of free expression, privacy, and digital security.

Kaoutare Bedda
Kaoutare Bedda (Hamburg)Software Developer, ThoughtWorks

Kaoutare Bedda is a software developer at ThoughtWorks. She loves solving complicated problems in mathematics and exploring new things, which is what drove her to travel from north Africa to study computer science in Hamburg seven years ago. This talk will walk you through her challenges and learnings during this time, such as how to learn new languages - both human and machine!

Lisa Junger
Lisa Junger (Hamburg)Developer, ThoughtWorks 

Lisa Junger used to be a project manager, exploring the world by working in various countries, in profit and not for profit environments.

After several years working in people- and organisational development, Lisa decided to give her passion for tech a new meaning and learned to code.

Today, she works as a developer for ThoughtWorks and is passionately seeking ways of how technology can help making the world a better place.

Moritz Heiber
Moritz Heiber (Munich)

Senior Consultant, ThoughtWorks 

Moritz Heibner is one of the organizers of this year's eurucamp 2015, an international conference revolving around Ruby, sustainable, inclusive software development and communities. He works at Thoughtworks. His purpose in life seems to be trying to outsmart computers. 

Nadine Heidrich
Nadine Heidrich (Hamburg)

Quality Analyst, ThoughtWorks

Nadine Heidrich used to be a physicist working for an international experiment in Germany and Italy. After some years in science she decided to challenge herself and put her analytic skills into a new profession. Nadine is now a Quality Analyst for ThoughtWorks and loves to learn new things everyday. 


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