YOW! Conference Brisbane 2017 – Linda Liukas

YOW! Conference Brisbane 2017 – Linda Liukas
Arnie Raju

Just before the New Year, I had the chance to head to YOW! along with the rest of the development team. YOW! is a two-day event of talks, ideas and reports from the field, from software developers, architects, designers and product owners around the world.

It was a great opportunity to take a breather after a big year and see what has been happening in the world of software development.

Poetry of programming

Amongst the many wonderful speakers, there was one standout session from Linda Liukas which was truly inspiring.

In a world where our lives our increasingly being ruled by software, there is a distinct lack of diversity in the people who are writing it. Code is the next universal language, and software is the interface to our imagination.

Linda explores how we can engage the next generation to create a more diverse and colourful world of technology, through the poetry of code.

Who is Linda?

Linda Liukas is a Finnish computer programmer, children’s writer, programming instructor and illustrator. In 2014, her Hello Ruby coding book for children raised $380,000 on Kickstarter becoming the platform’s most highly funded children’s book.

Resources

If you enjoyed the talk and want to find out more, check out Linda’s site for free resources for learning about computers, programming and technology.

Activitieshttp://www.helloruby.com/play
Teaching Resourceshttp://www.helloruby.com/teach