September 09, 2017

On the road again

It's been a very long time since I wrote anything on this blog. 

The reasons are many, in a way it feels like blogging is old school and no longer so interesting, but maybe the biggest reason is lack of time.

Blogging simply hasn't been my priority.

On the other hand I'm travelling a lot so you'd think there would be a lot to write about, but sadly that's not really the case - much of my time the last 5-6 months I've been on the road for work, with a very hectic schedule.

Much of my time is spent in Czech Republic right now, and fact is I'm typing this from a craft beer pub in Prague.

However there are things I want to share, so hopefully I'll get back to that. The blog is not dead, it's just in very deep sleep... But let's see what we can do about that!

April 07, 2017

Devfest Düsseldorf in the making

A Developer Conference

Some of you who stop by here from time to time may know/remember that I am part of the organiser team for #GDGDUS - GDG Düsseldorf (more about it here) and Women Techmakers Düsseldorf. 

We are a part of a bigger community, Google Developers across the globe. While GDG != Google we do have a connection to Google and we are supported by Google - but most of all, GDG across the globe and across the DACH region cooperate in various formats. We could not do this without the members and we wouldn't be so strong if we didn't cooperate with GDG:s in the rest of the DACH region - sharing ideas, discussing approaches, speaking at each others event, meeting up on a regular basis, online or face to face - at the Firebase Devsummit, for example. 

Many GDG:s run events at the same time, the next big one coming up is Google I/O Extended which we of course do here in Düsseldorf as well. 

But the really big thing coming up is coming up in the autumn - Devfest season! Devfest - Developer Fest - is a conference series and GDG:s across the globe organise developer conferences across the globe, developer conferences covering different topics in the tech field - from Cloud to Android, from hardcore code to design, usability, accessibility.  

April 04, 2017

What happened to all the travel posts?

Where are the photos and everything else from travel?

There was a time when I posted much more, and there was a time when  there were a lot more travel posts.

There was also a time when there was another blog, more anonymous,  with quite a  bit of travel tips - that blog is long gone, I deactivated it and stopped writing when I had started to move to Taiwan.

There used to be an artblog as well but that has been gone even longer, and it wasn't up and running very long either - took a lot of time to do all the research I felt it needed.

With the travel tips and ideas: Well, the blog turned more into a blog about tech, sustainability, events and so on.

However there is another forum, a little blog where I post very little text but I post photos now and then - the photoblog. Feel free to visit me there! With the photos there are little stories as well so it might be interesting.

Today I was dreaming about San Jose in California and I posted a photo from there.

March 27, 2017

Today's inspiration - and tomorrow's

On technology and society - and the end user in the centre

If we want technology to serve society rather than enslave it, we have to build systems accessible to all people - be they male or female, young, old, disabled, computer wizards or technophobes.
The quote above is supposedly from Anita Borg, one of the more important names to know when it comes to tech. When she said it and in what context I don't know, nor do I know if it is an actual quote from Anita Borg - internet is full of fake quotes - but nevertheless it is the one I pick today. 

Anita Borg, a name you should know if you are in IT, and especially if you are a woman in IT - follow the link to read more about the mission of the Anita Borg Institute (see link).  

And when you build technology, think about the quote above. It is one of the ideas that drive me - usability and accessibility are two of the things that drive me and the work that I do in IT - that, and I am guided by the LEAN principles (from Toyota Lean, I was, after all, fostered into automotive at an early age...)  - identify value, map the value stream, create flow, establish pull, and improve/seek perfection. The LEAN principles are in my eyes applicable throughout an organisation and very useful also when it comes to building software, or running a department not related to any type of production; Put the customer in the centre - and work with the customer (end user/internal customer/external customer) in focus. 

If we all did that, and adhered to the Anita Borg ideas, we'd have far less frustrating systems out there.