Latina Tech Diversity Twitter chat

Ashley turned to her support community through Twitter for words of encouragement. Read the Storify below.

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Two Weeks at General Assembly

Lopez-GA.jpgMy first week in the full-stack web development course has proven to be challenging to the core. Before class started I expected WDI (Web Development Immersive) to be an information apocalypse. In my first 3 days, I thought it was going slow due to the course pre-work. On the 4th day, I was officially on information overload. The code I initially thought was easy has become much more difficult after diving into it in more depth. I’m definitely feeling the high’s of "Ah-ha!” moments and the lows of ”I have no clue what I'm doing but it works” or ”I have no clue what I’m doing and it’s not working”. After going more in depth, I can pick apart code and start fixing bugs in the console. We have touched upon Javascript, Github, terminal, and CSS/HTML. I’m learning things ranging from functions to wire-framing. The week ended with group JavaScript challenges and a really fun “Rock, Paper, Scissors” project. My biggest challenge and sweetest success thus far has been tackling the terminal. Working in the terminal has made me feel like I’ve entered the Matrix! This is a huge leap from viewing the terminal as something boring and unimportant. After the first two weeks of GA, I’ve grown so much in terms of programming skills! I can’t wait to see how much more I’ll learn on my 4th week. 

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My first Hackathon: El Hackathon

Lopez_Roca_hack-IMG_1405-sm.jpgI’ve traveled to the city of the mouse, Anaheim, to attend the LATISM conference event El Hackathon.

If you’re not familiar with the organization or their twitter hashtag (#LATISM), they are a non-profit founded in 2009 whose “…mission is to empower the Latino community in the areas of Education, Health, Technology and Business through the use of tech innovation and social media.”

I am not just excited to compete in El Hackathon, I am excited to be around a community Latinx’s who are trailblazers in their fields. This hackathon is simply not just a hackathon, it’s an initiative to engage a very underrepresented group in tech. Less than 1% of Latinx’s make up the tech worker demographic and over all less than 3% of Latinx’s are in this industry. 

With these stats, one can see why my corazoncito is jumping for joy at this event. 

Code will be mi vida,  sleep will be obsolete, and making a winning product for the hackathon will the essence of my existence (until Saturday at least).

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