Codess Forum Skype Community - Code of Conduct

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Welcome to the landing page for the Codess Skype community. Codess is an engineering forum for women, initiated by Microsoft. Our group is a safe, confidential space for women in tech to share their experiences, ask questions, celebrate achievements and learn from one another. Whether you're new to the tech industry, looking for a career change or a tech expert. Our group does not exclude people. You are more than welcome to join whether you work in programming, technical writing, software testing and QA, graphic design, user experience, project management, or other areas that are tech related. The more the merrier! Click here to join up: https://join.skype.com/loR8YR0jc5rj

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Codess event in Stockholm

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I was a speaker at this year’s Codess Event in Stockholm – the 4th edition organized by our Microsoft Skype office, and it was a truly enriching experience. My talk covered media and signaling optimizations that we work on for Skype consumer, in order to achieve good call quality over low bandwidth networks...

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#CodeCan....BE ACCESSIBLE

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At Codess, we are devoted to empowering, educating and celebrating everyone who has an interest in technology. It’s time to dispose of the dated and untrue stereotypes that that suggest the tech industry is ‘boring’, ‘inflexible’ and ‘male dominated’. Instead, we have created our campaign to shine a light on the vast benefits that learning to #CodeCan bring about. Whether you’re interested in a new career, music, education, gaming or pretty much anything else, you’ll be surprised to find out how much coding can help! We’ve met 5 incredible women who are all using code in very different ways. Check out their fantastic stories on our blog. Join our #CodeCan movement on Twitter by telling us what coding has enabled you to do…

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#CodeCan....BE FOR EVERYONE

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At Codess, we are devoted to empowering, educating and celebrating everyone who has an interest in technology. It’s time to dispose of the dated and untrue stereotypes that that suggest the tech industry is ‘boring’, ‘inflexible’ and ‘male dominated’. Instead, we have created our campaign to shine a light on the vast benefits that learning to #CodeCan bring about. Whether you’re interested in a new career, music, education, gaming or more, you’ll be surprised to find out how much coding can help! We’ve met 5 incredible women who are all using code in very different ways. Check out their fantastic stories on our blog. Join our #CodeCan movement on Twitter by telling us what coding has enabled you to do…

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#CodeCan....BE SOCIABLE

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At Codess, we are devoted to empowering, educating and celebrating everyone who has an interest in technology. It’s time to dispose of the dated and untrue stereotypes that that suggest the tech industry is ‘boring’, ‘inflexible’ and ‘male dominated’. Instead, we have created our campaign to shine a light on the vast benefits that learning to #CodeCan bring about. Whether you’re interested in a new career, music, education, gaming or pretty much anything else, you’ll be surprised to find out how much coding can help! We’ve met 5 incredible women who are all using code in very different ways. Check out their fantastic stories on our blog. Join our #CodeCan movement on Twitter by telling us what coding has enabled you to do…

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#CodeCan....BE BEAUTIFUL

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At Codess, we are devoted to empowering, educating and celebrating everyone who has an interest in technology. It’s time to dispose of the dated and untrue stereotypes that that suggest the tech industry is ‘boring’, ‘inflexible’ and ‘male dominated’. Instead, we have created our campaign to shine a light on the vast benefits that learning to #CodeCan bring about. Whether you’re interested in a new career, music, education, gaming or pretty much anything else, you’ll be surprised to find out how much coding can help! We’ve met 5 incredible women who are all using code in very different ways. Check out their fantastic stories on our blog. Join our #CodeCan movement on Twitter by telling us what coding has enabled you to do…

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#CodeCan....BE FLEXIBLE

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At Codess, we are devoted to empowering, educating and celebrating everyone who has an interest in technology. It’s time to dispose of the dated and untrue stereotypes that that suggest the tech industry is ‘boring’, ‘inflexible’ and ‘male dominated’. Instead, we have created our campaign to shine a light on the vast benefits that learning to #CodeCan bring about. Whether you’re interested in a new career, music, education, gaming or pretty much anything else, you’ll be surprised to find out how much coding can help! We’ve met 5 incredible women who are all using code in very different ways. Check out their fantastic stories on our blog. Join our #CodeCan movement on Twitter by telling us what coding has enabled you to do…

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My experience at the Microsoft Codess Event in London!

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"Where do I begin? This was an amazing event!! From beginning, until the very end, I enjoyed every second of the evening. So, huge congrats to the organisers!" #CodessEvent attendee, Raluca Georgescu shares her experience and highlights from our special meet-up in London.

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GHC London - What was it like?

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On June 22nd, the first Grace Hopper London event took place and we were delighted to be part of this momentous occasion. We caught up with Microsoft’s Premier Field Engineering Director & Panel Speaker, Debbie Kneller to learn more about the day. Debbie was among many influential women presenting, and she was able to attend other sessions that took place. Check out her interview here!

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Turn your dream career into a reality with Codess...

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Discover how Codess helped put Shomila Malik on the path to her perfect role at Microsoft...

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#CodeOfConduct Wrap Up

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Over the last few months, we launched our #CodeOfConduct campaign, which was designed with the aim to improve inclusion for women within the tech industry. Now, it's time to take a look at some of the incredible responses...

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#CodeOfCoduct

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What principles do you believe are befitting of the ideal, inclusive employer and employee?

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Dona’s Roadshow Blog: My findings

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This was an incredibly eye-opening week for me and I took away many learnings from this trip, namely: The current group of students and near-graduates are the most connected group in history. They have had information at their fingertips since they were born. They have never needed an authoritative figure to help them figure out how things work.

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Dona’s Roadshow Blog: #CodessOXF

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Day Four: Friday 20th February Location: Oxford Our last stop was at University of Oxford. I was excited since it’s the oldest learning institute on earth! The talk was sponsored by OxWOCS (Oxford Women of Computer Science) where again the audience was a mix of men and women.

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Dona’s Roadshow Blog: #CodessCMB

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Day Three: Thursday 19th February Location: Cambridge The next day, Lauri and I took the train out to University of Cambridge and made our way to the William Gates building where the Computer Science department lived. We met with a member of the Natural Language Processing department who told us a lot about the verbal text analysis work they were doing.

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Dona’s Roadshow Blog: #CodessEDI

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Day two: Wednesday 18th February Location: Edinburgh The U.K. recruiter, Lauri Lambert and I then made a trip up to Scotland to the University of Edinburgh. Scotland is *stunning*. I was amazed at how every building looked like a historical castle—even grocery stores!

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Dona’s Roadshow Blog: #CodessLDN

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Day one: Monday 16th February Location: London The talk I chose to give was: “You Had me at Hello, World: 1:1 Mentoring with the Leaders of Tech” Together we will walk through 5 pieces of advice with practical examples and suggestions they shared with her, along with a preview of what the next 10 years of tech will bring.

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Dona’s Roadshow Blog

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A large majority of the current graduating class of computer science student’s value “life” balance more than any group of graduates of the past. This current class is not willing to sacrifice their personal lives for the companies they work for. This was one of the big learnings I took away from a tech road-show I did across the United Kingdom during the week of February 16th.

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#CodessHACK

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On October 11th 2014 we were very proud to run our first ever Hackathon. Teaming up with the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Womens Hackathon, Black Girls Code and Coder Dojo – we had a brilliant day of hacking in both London and Silicon Valley.

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A day in the life of a Video Streaming PM #CodessAV

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With millions of connected users and billions minutes of voice and video conversations, Skype is considered as the pioneer and the world leading voice and video application.

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Async Programming #CodessChat

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We recently held a twitter chat answering questions about Async Programming on Mobile Platforms. If you didn't get the opportunity to take part here is our Storify conversation from the chat itself.

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4 Reasons why Mobile is on our Minds…

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Things are not as they used to be….most of our searches, browsing, and ‘doing’ occurs on our phones these days. The numbers show us that a smaller percentage of these activities happen on our desktops.

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Career Development in Technology

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We recently held a twitter chat answering lots of questions about career development in technology. If you didn’t get the opportunity to take part here is our Storify conversation from the chat itself. We aim to hold a Twitter chat each month on different industry topics for please follow us on @CodessForum for news on when these will be happening.

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Why I started Codess

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I decided to start Codess after a terrible experience when I first began my Cognitive Science degree. I remember very clearly being the only female in my class, feeling alienated when it came to choosing teams for group projects and debating in class discussions.

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Career Development – Identifying Opportunities for Professional Growth

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In light of Career Development month, I thought it would be important to highlight some of the key ingredients for professional growth. Keep in mind that career development is not always about moving up in an organization but more about being open-minded and able to identify opportunities for growth. Below are 5 ways to be sure you aren't missing out on any professional development opportunities.

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We all create data whether we know it or not

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Online shopping, social media, internet searches – it all enters a huge pool of data that companies use to eventually monetize. If you’re thinking about a career in Big Data or even studying Computer Science and the technologies that compliment Big Data – please read on.

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Garage48 Pärnu through the eyes of a wannabe designer

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Low and behold, this time I’m writing on my own experience as a designer that participated in an event we promoted here as well earlier – Garage48 Pärnu start-up weekend. This time I managed to collect the random yet enthusiastic pieces of my courage together and finally registered for an event that changed my perception of engineering and innovation related events.

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Women engineers can give it a go at Garage48 Pärnu

Have you heard about Garage48 Start-up weekends? People are often afraid to start their own project or business. Common problems include lack of know-how and co-founders, lack of money, unknown risks etc. Garage48 was created to change that mindset and show that it’s all about positive “let’s do it” attitude, creative team members and a motivating deadline. Less talk, more action!

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CODESS comes to Tallinn again

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On 24th of September Codess comes to Tallinn again for the second time. To help support the increase of diversity in the field of engineering, Skype are spending this lovely autumn evening with female IT specialists from various locations. We are all about celebrating success here at Skype and part of diversity is to celebrate success so let’s celebrate! Further information about the speakers available at our events page.

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The art of making choices

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In our everyday life we have to make choices that affect us profoundly – be it then the the way how we drink tea, the time we wake up every morning, the place we call home, the place where we go to work every day and the people that we communicate with and have relationships with in our life.

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CODESS comes to Prague tonight

Codess comes to Prague tonight for our second-ever event. To help support the increase of diversity in the field of engineering, Skype are spending this lovely summer evening with female IT specialists from all over Prague. We are all about celebrating success here at Skype and part of diversity is to celebrate success so let’s celebrate!

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The first programmer was a woman?

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Have you heard, that the first programmer was a woman – Ada Lovelace? Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. The Analytical Engine was a proposed mechanical general-purpose computer designed by English mathematician Charles Babbage.

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Codess speaks to Ewa Czekalska

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My current role is a Lead Software Development Engineer in Test for Xbox within Skype. I have been at Skype for around 8 years. My main responsibilities include defining test strategy, test policy, managing general testing and related tools/infrastructure, people management, planning/managing outsource testing resources, acting as a coach for testing in SCRUM and advocate proactive testing practices to SCRUM teams.

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Tech Sisters + Rails Girls = ?

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Remember that time when I told you that I’ll be working on that “not knowing how to cut code” thing? Well I did. Rails Girls Tallinn (#3 already) was a two day programming workshop for girls and women that want to get started with tech and it took place in 26-27 of April in Tallinn Garage48 HUB – a community led coworking space and was organized by a local community called Tech Sisters in collaboration with Rails Girls.

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Ever heard about Rails Girls?

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Neither had I until they started organizing Ruby on Rails coding events for women in Tallinn together with a local community called Tech Sisters and stirred up the local tech scene. They’ve been around Tallinn already 3 times and if the good feedback continues to flow in will be around here at least once more.

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Codess comes to Prague - June 20th

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To continue the success of our initial Codess event in Tallinn, come join us for our first ever CODESS in Prague- an engineering forum for women in Czech Republic, sponsored by Skype. Gender diversity in the field of engineering continues to draw international attention. For a long time, engineering has been perceived as a male area and women active in these areas are often treated as exceptions. We feel women need a voice too.

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Microsoft names Corporate Vice President Amy Hood as new Microsoft Chief Financial Officer

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REDMOND, Wash. — May 8, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Amy Hood was named Microsoft chief financial officer, succeeding outgoing CFO Peter Klein who will remain at Microsoft through the end of June to ensure a smooth transition. Hood becomes CFO effective immediately…

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Celebrating the Women of Xbox

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Sharing an effort the Internet Explorer team took on to create a YouTube channel and highlight the women in Xbox. See the full series of five clips the team released weekly over the past month, and gives a perspective of the range of roles, background, experiences and interests highlighted.

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Codess speaks to Trang Ho

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Trang is the Server Software Director at Lift London, Microsoft Studios. Codess caught up with her to find out more about her thoughts on female diversity within engineering.

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Hello, World! – Is anybody out there?

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Isn't it ironical that the first program that most programming languages start with is the program that displays this little word combination of: Hello World! At the same time when you think about it, it’s also the most suitable word combination, as learning to code really does open up the opportunities in life and helps you say “hello” to the World in your own unique way!

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How I succeeded as a woman in engineering: Cassandra Cole at TEDxUW

She’s definitely not your typical woman in engineering, instead she’s a model, a dancer, a designer, a mechanical engineering student and team lead of the Waterloo formula motorsports team all at once and has been going great at it. Against all odds, even medical ones, she took upon herself to create a bucket list for herself to approach life like a motorcycle, going all out and do whatever life throws at her feet.

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How it all happened: Codessin Tallinn!

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Our mission with Codess is to support the increase of diversity in the engineering field. “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ~Francis of Assisi. With that said, we felt that it is important to have a forum for women to share their personal experiences in climbing the engineering career ladder, giving advice on what knowledge they have gained through their experiences and to learn from one another.

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