Live Sketchnoting: An evening with Lightning talks and Salesforce

This is the second ‘Women Who Code‘ event I attend. One superficial reason I love these events is because I get to enter cool offices in London (which compared to my own window-less office space is like oasis!). In the past I have had the chance to attend events in Guardian’s HQ, Mozilla, Twitter and many more.

Two nights ago I was lucky enough to see where the Stack Overflow guys work. If you have ever coded in your life (school level, university level or at work) you must have come across this community. Most of the times I find a helpful answer going through their archives. Some times they feel like a code – God haha – who has all the answers! So it was good to realise that they actually exist!

Event was sponsored by Salesforce. And it was lovely to realise that they employ so many girls. My company often holds salesforce trainings so after this event it might be something I pursue as well!

For more information on what we talked about, check out my sketchnote below.

In other news, I was happy to discovery a few more twitter accounts to follow of interesting people in tech. I have included as many twitter handles as I could get so you can check them out as well!

womenwhocode salesforce

womenwhocode salesforce

Super Women in Tech London

This was a powerful, engaging event I attended the other week at Twitter HQ and forgot to post about!

Organised by Twitter and part of their Flock series – a room full of women.

Lots of interesting questions, suggestions and mentoring on the fly!

super women in tech

super women in tech

Sketchnoting 101: The power of Twitter

Last night I had a delayed realisation! I realised that the new way to find information on a topic is not called: Google as you would expect; it is called ‘Twitter‘. Since I took the decision to start sketchnoting, I have been trying to look up information and people; essentially find a community.

I used to have a personal blog as a student so I thought blogging is the way to discover other people with whom you share the same interests. When I kept that blog, I remember commenting and taking an interest in other people’s posts, following and allowing other people to follow you was just as important as posting your own thoughts. Comments and side bars was also one of the few and trusted ways to discover other people in that community.

This was back in 2009. I have been looking aimlessly on Google for the past 3 days. I found a couple of blogs like Sacha Chua or Kathy’s and a couple more and I was excited at first.  But then not everyone is using Google Friend Connect (and I think it was turned off for non-Blogger blogs?). Bloglovin’ is not for everyone (a different service to read your blogs?). WordPress has a built-in Reader and I never really understood RSS or Follow by e-mail (though I do provide that option in my blog here – don’t ask me why!). So that to me, is an impact to a community.

Comments are not so active anymore either. I was in shock!

And then I had an epiphany: Nowadays this is Twitter for you. I was able to look up people and follow them. Then based on that action, Twitter did the hard job of suggesting others with similar interests ( MORE SKETCHNOTERS!!).

And… I discovered a hashtag which I am here to share with you: #todaysdoodle!

Perhaps doodling is different to sketchnoting. I haven’t got to the bottom of that – YET! But as far as a hobby goes, here I am, sharing my first #todaysdoodle with you and with Twitter 🙂

todaysdoodle