Codess Forum Skype Community - Code of Conduct


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:

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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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Async Programming #CodessChat


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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Career Development in Technology


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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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


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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Codess comes to Prague - June 20th


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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