A Year-End Party Story — November 16th, 2019
Seoul — November 16th, 2019
Women Who Code Seoul (WWCode Seoul) successfully hosted a year-end party with the generous support of two sponsoring companies, Microsoft Korea and Jaranda. Over 200 people attended this network event, including 182 attendees and 22 directors and volunteers. Aiming to inspire women to excel in technology careers, the event also featured 14 speakers, who are all women in the tech industry with varying levels of experience.
WWCode Seoul is a community organized to foster the growth of women in the tech industry and develop connections among the members. Since October 2018, when WWCode Seoul was officially launched, it has become one of the fastest-growing chapters of global WWCode community, its membership reaching 1000 + on Facebook. To celebrate growing into the community with 1000 + members in the very first year and to meaningfully wrap up the year 2019, 22 directors and volunteers gathered online and offline every week for two months to organize this one-day event. Months of preparation allowed this large-scale event to invite more attendees and add programs, including keynotes, main and lightning talks, and demos.
As directors of WWCode Seoul, Soojung Kim and Yujin Chung started off the event by delivering keynote speeches and introducing the vision of the community and what this community aims for. 2019 year end review, covering news from WWCode global community and WWCode Seoul, was also shared by the speakers of the Keynote Speeches. Next there were two main sessions, led by two speakers Sayun Jung and Hanbyeol Kang. Sayun, a developer, Youtuber and cartoonist, gave a presentation about ‘If not this way? Make your own way!’. Hanbyeol shared her own experience about working on her individual projects, with the presentation’s title ‘Who are we making toy projects for?’
The second session was divided into two sections so that more speakers can share their insights and ideas, and a total of 9 speakers delivered inspirational talks from their experiences. Two speakers’ presentations were about the interface between arts and technology: Sosun Park’s gave a talk on ‘Creative Coding’ and shared some of her own projects with the attendees, and Mina Hyeon shared her knowledge about ‘Blending Art and Emotion to Spatial Narrative in XR’. The audience attentively listened to the talks and was very keen to find out more about as they were eye-catching topics, highlighting the collaboration of arts and technology in most of the tech communities.
The third session started with 7 lightning talks, categorized by career, development & learning and organizational culture. Next Soyoung Lee, APJGC Regional manager, APAC MVP Community Program Manager at Microsoft, hosted a lecture “Community and Leadership”. She did not hesitate to share her years of experience in IT industry with 200+ attendees.
The very final round was our proud #ApplaudHer. Anyone who shared achievements or asked motivations were given a warm applause.
Feedback from attendees was positive. Many of them said the event brought a positive energy, had learning opportunities and encouraged people to make new connections. The event came to a successful event with positive thoughts and motivations.
Women Who Code (WWCode) is an international nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. WWCode is building a world where women are proportionally representative as technical leaders, executives, founders, VCs, board members, and software engineers. The organization has executed more than 8,000 free events around the world, garnered a membership exceeding 180,000, and has a presence in 20 countries. Help empower even more women to advance in tech with the training and community they need to succeed by supporting WWCode. Learn more at womenwhocode.
Women Who Code Seoul Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/wwcodeseoul/
Women Who Code Seoul Facebook Group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/wwcodeseoul/
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