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Being Miss Geeky - WIT

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I gave this talk at #inspireWIT in Nottingham, about what I currently do, how I got here and how I dealt with imposter syndrome along the way.

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Being Miss Geeky - WIT

  1. 1. Being Miss Geeky MELINDA SECKINGTON @MSECKINGTON
  2. 2. Coding
  3. 3. Blogging
  4. 4. Speaking
  5. 5. Event Organising
  6. 6. To pioneer the best learning experiences for everyone, everywhere
  7. 7. I get to build awesome stuff that people actually use
  8. 8. Ruby Developer
  9. 9. FutureLearn Blog
  10. 10. FutureLearn Talks
  11. 11. FutureLearn Hackdays
  12. 12. How did I get here?
  13. 13. Visual effects for movies 2002
  14. 14. 2002
  15. 15. 2002 Computer Science
  16. 16. 2002 Imposter Syndrome
  17. 17. 2002 I don’t belong here. I’m not good enough. Other people know more than I do. I should know everything. I can’t admit I don’t know.
  18. 18. 2002 Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning
  19. 19. 2007 Facial Expression Recognition
  20. 20. 2007 Moved to London
  21. 21. 2011 Finally graduated
  22. 22. What happened in between?
  23. 23. Miss Geeky 2007
  24. 24. People are interested in what I write. Miss Geeky is my brand, my reputation.
  25. 25. I don’t belong here. I’m not good enough. Other people know more than I do. I should know everything. I can’t admit I don’t know.
  26. 26. It’s okay to like girly stuff.
  27. 27. Events 2007
  28. 28. BarCamps HackDays GeekDinners
  29. 29. Event Organising 2008
  30. 30. Geeks of London
  31. 31. BarCamp London 7 HackCamp London BarCamp London 8 LinkedGov Data HackCamp Encampment BarCamp London 9 BarCamp Berkshire env[:hack] BarCamp Berkshire 2 Hacked at the O2 BarCamp London 10
  32. 32. I don’t belong here. I’m not good enough. Other people know more than I do. I should know everything. I can’t admit I don’t know.
  33. 33. People are interested in what I say.
  34. 34. HackDays 2007
  35. 35. I don’t belong here. I’m not good enough. Other people know more than I do. I should know everything. I can’t admit I don’t know.
  36. 36. 2011 Finally graduated
  37. 37. I don’t belong here. I’m not good enough. Other people know more than I do. I should know everything. I can’t admit I don’t know.
  38. 38. EmberAds 2012
  39. 39. FutureLearn 2013
  40. 40. 2013 I don’t belong here. I’m not good enough. Other people know more than I do. I should know everything. I can’t admit I don’t know.
  41. 41. You don’t need to be the best at something to solve a problem.
  42. 42. Good developers know when to ask for help.
  43. 43. Being a good developer means constantly learning.
  44. 44. We’re all mad here. imposters
  45. 45. Any questions?

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