I want to congratulate the organizers of the conference for making inclusion one of the core values of the event - and of the community in general!
I have a 6yo daughter and if she decides to become an IT professional in 10-12 years, I want her to find a level playfield with equal opportunities and respect for everybody, regardless of gender, race, religion, class, age, etc.
Same goes for the social efforts - as IT professionals, many of us have been shielded from the harsh realities of the economic downturn and it’s easy to forget that even in this field, some of our colleagues struggle financially. This was a great reminder and a lesson for all of us.
To actively pursue these values and make them an integral part of the community straight from the beginning, that makes me so proud of the Julia community!