How did I become speaker at Github? Easy. A message from a person I haven’t seen for a long time, introduces each other and puts me in contact with Pamela, Pam how she likes to b called. I enter the incredible net of Github, really many people spread around the world who write code, programming, organising events…
Pam writes me immediately, she doesn’t want to waste time and she talks to me about Constellation, the Italian event of Github, a good occasion to do networking.
She’s a very particular person who doesn’t want simply to close herself behind a cold email so – after really short time – here we are in Skype talking about us, what we do and above all about this meeting and how I can take my contribution as speaker at Github.
She is struck immediately – as many other ones – by my story so in few minutes we find ourselves planning my intervention and doing it by a bit particular way,. I know well enough Github: I don’t know if you remember it or maybe I never told about it, but it was a great reference point for me while I was in Boston in the MIT Duckietown project.
In fact, the whole code of Duckietown was loaded on this platform so it could be modified and improved by people coming from any part of the world.
Are you perhaps thinking about what I do in a such organization of expert programmer writing and modifying code, aren’t you?
I explain it to you. As you know by now, I want to expand my school and take robotics to the whole Italy, to the province realities and who knows…maybe also abroad, throughout Europe to be able to take my energy, my way to do didactics and to teach, the philosophy of my school and above all to give many teens the chance to create a different future.
In order to do this I need co-workers, of course, a net of people who are available to help me and embrace my philosophy of school.
Just arrived to Github I discover that the atmosphere is unlike a classic event I am used to take part into. It’s a very young and international atmosphere, many programmers – a bit nerd, but not too much – who measure themselves and believe a bit in the sharing and collaboration values.
I was favourably struck by the fact of meet teens outside the school reality, then find them in technological fields was the top!
Teens committing themselves to share and improve a community tied by the same interests, who have a very strong passion for which they spend time and who don’t think only about soccer or disco as in the worst stereotypes.
I told about my story (in English, since it was an international event) entering with a suitcase and using representative objects like my first robot – the MIT one – but also the rhythmic ribbon and the writing “Nothing is impossible”. It was my second speech in English and even if I was informed really short time before it was very funny for me: I got enjoying it by now!
My intervention took place immediately after Marco Cappelletto’s one, the Italian referent of Github and the only Italian one. At the moment he’s living and working in Amsterdam.
Over dinner in the networking part I had the chance to meet many people really unlike each other, who work in big companies or simply they are programmer contributing, who come from any part of Europe, using Python by a different way and try to involve other teens making the programming and digital transformation experiment.
You think Marco is Italian, but he lives in Amsterdam, his wife is Austrian and their 5 years old son speaks 4 languages.
On the contrary, Pam is French and she opened the only European school using Github for didactics, the other ones are all Americans.
Very interesting the intervention by Nicola Tarocci: he became a real encounter from virtual.
Riccardo Iaconelli took his experience inside Diego Piacentini’s team, which deals with the digitalization of Italy,. And among other people I met Alain Helaili who works in Github in San Francisco and who offered me the chance to go and visit their offices.
Obviously, at each event my travel to California looks as if it’s always cooler! I can’t want to leave!