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Wednesday, June 24 • 2:30pm - 2:35pm
Lightning Talk: *Record Scratch* *Freeze Frame* You’re Probably Wondering How I Got Here: A Nonengineer's Journey to Engineering - Sofia Leon, Google

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As our industry grows, more engineers from underrepresented groups are coming from nontraditional backgrounds. In this talk, Sofia discusses this growing movement through her own experience transitioning careers. She will discuss her transition by talking about her first major project, a probot github application that merges PR’s once all tests have passed. Sofia will cover five basic steps she took at building the bot, which serve as a mirror of the overall process of changing careers: she consulted with knowledgeable colleagues in the field, designed a clear but general plan, aimlessly gathered information, got an approving ‘catalyst’ that refined and clarified her plan, and finally, executed. By the end of this talk, Sofia will have taught her audience how to support their colleagues from nontraditional backgrounds, as well as the basics of how to build a merge-on-green bot.


Sofia Leon

Developer Programs Engineer, Google
- No previous experience speaking - Have worked as a DPE for three months, recently transitioned careers into Engineering from a Philosophy & Sales background

Wednesday June 24, 2020 2:30pm - 2:35pm CDT
Room 3
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