DjangoCon US 2016

Published: Aug. 20, 2016, 6:55 p.m. Back

Author: rachell

I gave my first talk recently at DjangoCon US in Philadelphia. I  had attended my first conference in Budapest, DjangoCon Euro. I met awesome people and heard some great talks that inspired me and motivated me to try to give my first in DjangoCon US. So I submitted three proposal and one got accepted 'Git in Control, Version Control and How it Can Save Your Life". 

I talked with a few friends for tips on giving talks and how to make it fun for beginners, as it was a novice talk, but also maybe some of the audience members that aren't really beginners but still struggle. I decided to talk about the basic and most common commands but also throw in some useful tips that can help get you out of a sticky situation. 

My recent favorite git commands are with stashing. I wish I had known more of these while I was just starting with git because it would have saved me from a lot of stress. 

One important lesson: bring your own cables to connect to their equipment. 

I was surprised by how many people came to my talk. The room was filled! But people laughed when they were supposed to. I was happy because I wasn't sure if the humor would be accepted well, it depends on the audience most times. 

Because of the supportive, welcoming and overall awesome Django community, my first talk though still nerve racking, was bearable.


A big Thank You to the Django Girls community, I wouldn't have gotten this far without them. Also for letting me use their booth space to work on my talk and giving me tips and encouragement.

I want to say a huge Thank You to Lucie Daeye, who not only lent me her computer but also let me bother her a lot during the days leading up to my talk.

Also a super huge Thank You to Tim Allen, who lent me his computer twice and not only helped calm me down before my talk but also gave me words of encouragement. I flashed back to my days of taekwondo competition and right before going into the ring the coach would give me a last few words of encouragement. Thanks Coach Tim! 

Thank you to all the organizers and each and every member of the community. I continue to be amazed at how supportive and positive of Django World we're creating.

I'm excited about the future things to come! 

You can see my slides here.

Or if you want to see my talk check out the video

* There are a few mistakes in my slides in the video, if you see them you are awesome! But I did edit them in the current slides link.

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