Tavish Armstrong


Diversity in practice: How the Boston Python User Group grew to 1700 people and over 15% women

Sun 18 Mar 2012 19:37:00

The sheer humility, honesty, and deliberate action these two people took to fight a problem they saw in the world is inspiring. They listened to people, really listened to people, and didn’t shy away from the faults in their approach. This is the most practical guide for how to get fresh blood into programming that I’ve seen yet.

I haven’t been programming for that long. Three years ago, when I was in my first year of school, I really wanted to learn how to program. At that point, I had considered going to Montreal Python meetups, but I was too shy and didn’t think I’d know what was going on, or that I wouldn’t fit in. So when people make an effort to reach shy outsiders, especially people who are minorities in the development community who may feel even more shy than I did for that reason, it makes me really happy.

[On advertising workshops:] Make the tone very clear. We’re about being inclusive and growing communities, and not about being exclusive. So if you’re just a little bit careful about your language there, I think you’ll find that everyone is thrilled to support you in this. Men, women, everyone. — Jessica McKellar