January has been a rather busy month. The Women in Technology New York (WiTNY) conference was my first big conference of the new year. It is also one that falls squarely in line with one of CommOps’ big priorities for this year to increase the involvement of women and underrepresented groups within our project.

Using regular posts to social media, I was able to keep a sort of log of segments of the WiTNY journey.

Pre-WiTNY Arrival

Flying into EWR from RDU was a relatively short one-and-a-half-hour flight from Raleigh, NC.

The pre-conference prep meeting was held at the new Capital One Labs facility in Manhattan, and was the first time I had seen all of the stakeholders in the same place. During the meeting, we got to hear from the facilitators about how to help guide the discussions and workshops, and enjoy a meal with all the other volunteers and speakers.

We also got our first look at the WiTNY Program booklets, which really came out splendidly.

WiTNY: Program Book Layout

WiTNY: The Big Day

Opening Keynote


Branding Yourself with Open Source Panel

WiTNY: Ask Me Anything

Breakout Sessions

Closing Keynote

Snowzilla: The Long Journey Home

Thank You

Thank you to Capital One Labs and the organizers, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers of the WiTNY conference. I got to meet so many inspiring and aspiring women and advocates, and I hope that open source can provide you with both the tools and a direction to empower you. If ever I can be a resource, my inbox is always open.