Last week I had the opportunity and the privilege to present at the ScotlandJS conference in Edinburgh. As someone who is rather new to the tech scene, speaking at my first technical conference is a big deal.
Let me be clear, this trip included many firsts for me. My first technology conference as a presenter. My first international trip. My first time experiencing virtual reality (VR) which is freaking amazing. The first time that I was away from my family for my birthday. So many firsts that some people may have found it challenging.
NOT FOR ME!
For me it was complete confirmation that my decision to enter the “tech” space a year and a half ago was absolutely the best decision for me. I’m so happy that I took that leap of faith and jumped without even the smallest of clues what entering the “tech” industry even meant.
From that moment until last week’s experience at ScotlandJS, I’ve done everything I could to keep my spirits up when I had no idea what I was doing and quitting would’ve made sense to others. I just kept my head down and continued to put one unsteady foot in front of the other.
Now I’ve come to the part of my tale where I do my best to explain what presenting at ScotlandJS meant to me. Until last week, the only other space in tech that felt completely safe and accepting of me was CodeNewbie. CodeNewbie feels like family and I never thought I’d discover that anywhere else…but I have.
ScotlandJS is NOW my family.
Conference organizer, Peter Aitken, has done a marvelous job of creating a space that is accepting, inclusive, welcoming, and safe.
Organizational culture is a direct reflection of how its leaders DEMONSTRATE their values and the ScotlandJS team is so obviously an extension of who Peter is at his core.
Anyone who is interested in having a wonderful conference experience please place ScotlandJS at the top of your list. From its strongly enforced code of conduct, to a female:male ratio I’ve never seen at any other technical event, to the surprise birthday cake, and so much more, ScotlandJS will always own my heart ❤️