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  • 09:00 - 09:30
    Warm Welcome
    Dominika Glazer, Urszula Cempura
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  • 09:30 - 10:10
    Opening Keynote: The Growth Path: Tips To Build Your Own Success Story
    Nesrine Changuel
    This talk is to share the pivotal lessons that have been instrumental in shaping my career, especially as a woman navigating the dynamic landscape of the tech industry. These lessons, forged through personal experiences, have been the compass guiding me towards both personal and professional growth. First and foremost, I'll share the wisdom of treating your career as a project – an endeavor requiring strategic planning, goal-setting, and continuous evaluation. This mindset shift has been a game-changer, allowing me to approach my professional journey with intention and purpose. Dive into the transformative power of adopting a growth mindset, a mindset that encourages constant learning, resilience, and an openness to embrace challenges as opportunities. Learn how this mindset has been a cornerstone in overcoming obstacles and driving my success in the ever-evolving tech world. Negotiation is an art, and mastering it is crucial. Uncover the nuances of negotiation that have empowered me to advocate for my worth and navigate career advancements effectively. Explore the impact of considering all job opportunities, recognizing that each experience contributes uniquely to your skill set and overall career trajectory. One of the profound lessons I've learned is the significance of teaching others. Discover how sharing knowledge not only contributes to the growth of those around you but also deepens your understanding and mastery of your own expertise. Furthermore, we'll discuss the importance of prioritizing personal happiness. Delve into the idea that doing more of what makes you happy isn't just a luxury but a strategic choice that fuels productivity and long-term success. Lastly, I'll emphasize the transformative power of building relationships with those who uplift and inspire. Learn how cultivating connections with mentors and supportive peers has played a pivotal role in my journey, offering guidance, encouragement, and opening doors to new opportunities. This talk is a glimpse into the invaluable lessons that have shaped my career, with the hope that they resonate and empower you on your unique professional path. Join me as we explore these insights and uncover the keys to unlocking personal and professional fulfillment.
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  • 10:20 - 10:50
    Being Successful on Purpose
    Olgica Strezoska
    In my talk I will share practical insights, strategies, and examples that demonstrate how individuals in the tech industry can be intentional about their career paths, skill development, and overall success.
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  • 11:00 - 11:30
    „In theory „yes”, but in practice…” – zoom on leadership
    Karolina Krawczyk
    In a world full of academic concepts and an ongoing stream of (even practical) advice on “how-to” lead & manage people, I believe there is still no “fitting-all” solution. Winning people’s hearts and minds is still a challenge for us as humans (not only in the workplace). Therefore, I won’t give you “ready-made” recipes to be re-applied in any random environment, as their effectiveness depends, in my opinion, on a context and very individual set-up and external & internal circumstances. Instead, I will invite you to exercise your open but still critical and full of alertness mind while zooming on some currently popular trends in leadership. From the practitioner’s perspective, I will spotlight some dark areas where academic concepts may not work in practice (and why), not to discredit these concepts but to sensitize future practitioners to some variables impacting adequacy. To the concepts under the loop, you may expect: servant leadership, call out for diversity & inclusion, people empowerment, people engagement, and communication.
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  • 11:40 - 12:10
    Lessons from the happiest place on earth
    Gabrielle Bufrem
    What do a roller coaster queue and building great products have in common? It turns out more than you think. A winning product is tough to nail down, but it almost feels magical when it’s done right. Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to build products customers love that also work for the business through special lessons from the happiest place on earth.
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  • 12:20 - 12:50
    Change your product mindset: MVP → MLP
    Aga Naplocha, Paulina Kacprzak
    Have you ever thought about products or brands to which you're loyal? 🧐 Well, here's the thing! 🌟 Have you heard about the concept of MVP (Minimum Viable Product)? 🤔 Probably, yes! 💡 Now, imagine there's a concept called Minimum Loveable Product 💛, which at its core emphasizes love, loyalty, and customer engagement. How do you build a product from scratch that customers will adore and recommend? We'll share our tips, developed over the years, on how to build a business with an MLP mindset that brings in 💸 5.5 million pln revenue annually at Design Practice.
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  • 13:00 - 13:30
    Bridging Worlds: Embracing Humanism in Tech
    Anna Wojcieszczak
    Embracing humanism in the tech industry isn’t just a choice; it’s a superpower that can transform both individuals and organizations. Join me as I share how integrating humanistic values alongside technical prowess propelled my career from a bewildered graduate to a proficient Design Operations professional in a major tech firm. I’ll discuss how embracing new technologies allowed me to uphold my humanist values every step of the way, navigating complex projects with empathy and fostering inclusive work environments. Discover how to embrace your tech career and knowledge while allowing your soft skills to shine. It’s not just about innovation; it’s about fostering empathy, inclusivity, and personal growth. Join me for an insightful exploration of how humanism intersects with the latest technologies.
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  • 13:40 - 14:10
    Fostering growth through knowledge sharing
    Dominika Zając
    The famous quote states that "love is the only thing that grows when sharing." However, I believe that's not entirely true: there's another element - knowledge. As someone who fell in love with coding through a voluntary event (hello Rails Girls Kraków), I always knew that, once I became a programmer, I wanted to give back to the tech community. The longer I engage in these activities, the more I realize how much I still benefit from them. In my session, I'll share tips and insights based on years of experience in teaching, writing tech articles, mentoring, and organizing events. What do I love the most? Why do I believe in volunteering and sharing knowledge? What wouldn't I do if I knew then what I know today? And, of course, is it all worth it? I'll also provide practical advice on how to start, where to find an audience for your initiatives, and how not to neglect yourself amidst these responsibilities (lessons I had to learn the hard way). I hope that after this session, you'll become part of a community where individuals grow and advance in their careers while not only focusing on themselves but also assisting others. Together, we can create a more inclusive, supportive, and better IT world for all of us.
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  • 14:20 - 15:20
    Back in Tech: Returning to Work After a Career Break
    Anna Sroka, Tetiana Gural, Ewa Żak-Lisewska, Ewelina Wachulec
    When thinking about career, it is not obvious to wonder what I will do when I have a career break. A career break is most often not intentional and is unexpected for us. How do we respond to such a situation, what steps and strategies do we take? Is a career after a break possible? During this panel you will hear stories of women experiencing a career break and listen to their stories. Together we will reflect on the success of returning to work and where to look for support. We will touch on the emotions associated with such a difficult change and how you can make the most of them. Key takeaways: - how to prepare for a career break - what steps to take to make a successful return to work - learn about the challenges and opportunities associated with a career break - where to find support and how to use it effectively
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  • 15:30 - 16:00
    Experiences Drive You Forward… and Backward. Why I Decided to Hunt Down Monsters for a Living.
    Anna Nojek
    I invite you on a journey through my personal story of making friends with chaos. I would like to show you how I considered challenging professional experiences to be turning points on my path, how I used the hardest of them as a source of strength to achieve my goals… And how a certain train ride turned out to be way more important than one could think. Today, I’m in a position where I can do and create things that I didn’t even dream of 10 years ago, and something tells me that such a place is waiting for everyone; you just have to know how to find it. So what are the guideposts and signs? And what should you do today to notice them? Since we’re here, I’d love to tell you all about it.
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  • 16:10 - 16:40
    Short space exploration history
    Kinga Gruszecka
    During short space exploration history, we will explore how women shaped the history of space, what role one can play in the space industry, and how to start own exploration and space journey.
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  • 16:50 - 17:30
    Keynote: The future of development: Are our jobs getting harder or easier?
    Holly Cummins
    In the early days of computing, software developers had to encode their programs on punch cards, and carry the bits around by hand. By the 1970s they had the joy of keyboards and displays. Sadly, those oppressed developers had to wear flare trousers, work in C, and manage their own memory. By 2000 the memory thing was sorted out, but the trousers were arguably worse, and developers had to maintain their own hardware. Now, our hardware is someone else’s problem, everything is open source, AI can write our code, and we have a choice whether to work in Java, Kotlin, Javascript, Ruby, Go, Python, Rust, or Typescript. On the other hand, now we have yaml. And many of us find we have to work in ALL of Java, Kotlin, Javascript, Ruby, Go, Python, Rust, or Typescript, all while managing a cloud, becoming security experts, learning CSS, and debugging the code our AI “helper” wrote. And we’re supposed to be full-stack, and shifting left, and building up open source in our free time. Are we living the dream or sinking under cognitive overload? And is open source helping or hurting?
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