Week ending 2023-10-22 (Week 42)
DjangoCon US conference week!
Conference report: I arrived at noon on Sunday, very tired after 30 hours of traveling. I had a few scares with flights and connections, but in the end, it all worked out. I met A LOT of wonderful people while in Durham, both existing “digital” acquaintances and people I had never met before. Everyone was so, so friendly and welcoming, and also very supportive.
During the week, I barely opened my laptop, so the bulk of my work involved meeting the community, engaging in very interesting conversations about Django—its strengths, weaknesses, and ways to help and make it better. We also discussed inclusion, and it was quite amazing that I had to wait in line for the ladies’ bathroom (may sound trivial, but I consider this an impactful conference achievement! I’ve never had to wait in the bathroom at a tech conference before).
I was astonished by the diversity of both the speakers and attendees, not just in terms of gender but also with the presence of many other minority groups. I enjoyed and learned from all the talks, but the Djangonauts, in particular, made me feel fortunate to be a part of this community. I also engaged in other interesting but less relevant conversations, such as discussing how to prepare mate and my life before becoming a fellow.
During the sprint, I split my time between onboarding and assisting new contributors and discussing Django documentation with Daniele Procida. We reviewed several contributing-related doc pages that I had personally found challenging while preparing for my role. Daniele provided a dozen excellent suggestions that we’ll work to incorporate soon. I’d like to express my gratitude to Lance (@lancegoyke) and Velda (@VeldaKiara) for stepping up and offering to assist in this effort.
In summary, a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you! I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to attend and share my experiences with all of you. Thanks to the organizers, volunteers, those who engaged in discussions, those who provided support before, during, and after my presentation, and all the attendees who were friendly and respectful of our code of conduct.