This year was hard, it was harder than when Ireland went into lockdown in Feb 2020. We all worked from home, and yet, little by little I am figuring things out. I found DEV (through EuroPython friends) in June 2020, documenting my journey into learning how to sew, making electronic projects (a good excuse to play with CircuitPython), participated in an electronic workshop online (so I can see how to run one), but not much coding (funnily enough).
...finally creating a site to curate tech events and diversity in tech events hosted by organisers based in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
I've been meaning to do this for years, it was on my huge bucket list and was something to save me time for past many years as I curate it for my monthly Coding Grace newsletters, and re-posted this list on Coding Grace blogs with follow ups (as events were announced after I published my newsletters).
Since Feb 2020, I curated lists of virtual events hosted by Irish and Northern Irish organisers as well as track tools used in the first three months of lockdown to see what people and other organisers are using. It quadrupled my volunteer workload. 😓🥱☕️🌙
There has to be a better way!
And I decided to roll up my sleeves a couple of months ago and tackle this long-term item that has been sitting way at the bottom of my bucket list.
BTW, before the curation of tech events for this project, the easiest way to get it up and going was the curated list of diversity in tech groups in Ireland and Northern Ireland. In the original post, I would note when they were added, removed, which area these groups cater for. Again, I hand curated these and changes were all manual. It was getting tedious to maintain. So I got this part up and going and then went on to get the events listings on to the site.
I didn't do much design work in the end, but used the bare minimum to get what I need for the listings.
The platform I'm using is 11ty (heck, yeah, back to static sites, so I've been excited up to this point on trying this out as I heard so much about it) and deployed on netlify. I played a little with TailwindCSS and wanted to use it in a project anyway, and really liked Nunjucks as it's pretty close to Jinja templates.
And yes, I'm not using Python, my go to language.
Here it is!
Diversity in Tech in Ireland
I've been maintaining a list of Diversity in Tech groups around the island of Ireland since 2017, and I think it's about the right time to get more of the community involved (and a chance for me to try a new framework out).
This means I can crowdsource any updates to the list of diversity in tech groups in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Folks can send in PRs, to do that, they will need to update the "diversityGroups.yaml" in src/_data. If you don't want to do that, you can create an issue or drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Irish hosted events
Also on my TODO list is write something to pull Irish hosted events
- where I can curate them
- remove duplicates
- remove non-techie events
- and this one is more custom for me, output HTML code that I can paste into my Mailchimp for my…
Seriously, I really do get exhausted sometimes, but it something I need to do, to get word out so I can help more people. It's worth it, but when you are in the middle of it, which I am a lot, people don't realise the amount of work it takes to share with the community and as an introvert, it's pretty exhausting physically and mentally, but worth it.
If I can help myself, I can help others right now, and in turn more people.
And I do have a great partner, family and friends who look out for me. Interventions has happened in the past. 😅
... find creative ways to solve problems and help what I do benefit my community as best that I can do, and I know I can't engineer out of my problems all the time. 😉
...listen to people asking for help.
At some stage in your life, you also started from zero, felt lost and overwhelmed. You built up courage to ask for help, and you realise there are super nice people who are happy to help and share their experiences.