WeCan hosted a session at DevSummit called WeCan Share and Connect: Women's Idea Exchange. It wasn't your typical DevSummit meet-up! At the exchange, attendees empowered one another to achieve their goals and build strong careers by sharing what they are doing in tech through casual, 5-minute presentations.
At around 70 people, the Idea Exchange was standing room only, with attendees lining the back and side wall. There were a variety of fields represented in the presentations: county governments, water departments, the UK Department of Defense, Esri UK, a chapter lead from Women in GIS, Navy Georeadiness Centers, start-ups, consulting firms, developers, and even travelers insurance. One of the presenters offered to be a mentor to anyone interested in coding and asked if anyone would like to mentor her in web application. It was a great place to connect.
After the last session of the day, WeCan hosted a Happy Hour at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel where women could meet and continue sharing ideas and encouragement. One attendee commented, "There are no other women on my team, so it's nice to have these events. Thank you!"
WeCan would like to thank Esri Press for donating posters and multiple copies of the Woman and GIS book to give away at the Idea Exchange. We would also like to thank Women in GIS for the framed poster that was signed by the attendees. And of course, WeCan thanks all the women, and men, who attended the event and shared their inspiring and insightful experiences.
WeCan is excited for the next conference event, a women's panel, at this year's UC. Stay tuned to learn more!