What did I learn from taking part in the Empowering Women in a Digital World programme?

Samantha Smith, Head of Strategy and Architecture and Interim Director of IT Operations at Local Government Shared Services (LGSS), discusses how the Empowering Women in a Digital World (EWDW) programme helped her grow on both a personal and professional level.

What do I want to accomplish and what did I want to be known for?

Two of many questions we were asked on the EWDW course. I thought I knew myself quite well when I started the course but when asked those questions I had to pause and reflect. I was keen to attend this course and really looking forward to it but found I was not prepared for its impact.

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What did I learn from taking part in the Empowering Women in a Digital World programme?

Five lessons in five days at PyCon UK 2016

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By Carl Newton (pictured above, blue T-shirt), Socitm Web and Digital Development Manager

Here at Socitm HQ, we have two developers who are masters in the art of making web thingys. I am one of those developers, and I build and maintain web thingys all over the shop in order to support our services. For instance, socitm.net is our long-standing flagship website. The Women in IT site is another example of a website we built. We have some internal web apps too, such as our purchase order management system, which we called ‘Spom’, much to the disapproval of everyone, ever. But we strongly believe in the ‘We made it; we name it’ rule, which any parent of a child named ‘Harley Quinn’ will tell you, is a just and fair rule indeed.

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Five lessons in five days at PyCon UK 2016