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An interview at bitspiration.com

An interview with 11 excellent women around Poland – talk about women in tech and “old school” attitudes. I have my part here :) My answers were made and sent in January 2015.

Youth in Leadership Conference Kraków and some personal thoughts about consequences of leadership

25 April 2015 in ICE KrakówYouth in Leadership Conference Kraków. All day with the leaders and about the leaders. 7 speakers, different views on leadership, sharing experiences and knowlegde. Many interesting people as a participants, almost 300! The audience were: startup founders, NGO, students, local activists and more.

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Program:

  • Cezary Wójcik – Leadership – managing people in organizations
  • Małgorzata Steiner – Introduction to adaptive leadership
  • Ela Madej and Seth Bannon – The psychological price of leading a startup – how much is too much?
  • Witold Drożdż – Leadership in business and administration – similarities and differences
  • Eli Winkelman – How to build organizations that change the world
  • Alberto Soler Soto – Leaders are the new poets

I liked very much Alberto’s and Eli’s talk (I missed Cezary’s workshop :(), but my favorite topic belongs to Ela Madej and Seth Bannon – How much is too much leading an organization. I am grateful they started discussion on that topic.

Running a startup as a big challenge. This problem is common also for a company founders and other organizations runners. Even more. Do you have more university studies? Do you attempt to reconcile work and learning? Are you volunteering to some organization? When we are obliged to too much duties – there is always something to do, we are almost always behind. When too much responsibility lies on us, we sacrifice relationships, family. It leads to anxiety, sleep problems, memory and concentration impairment and results in depression. We feel like we are failure. It is a very common problem and affects many people. Too much cortisol and stress. We can have health problems. Nowadays people do not want to talk about their failures aloud. I feel like it was kind of taboo and Ela with Seth broke it.

How can we break the vicious circle? Ela’s answer is to sleep more, go on vacations, dance more, get a massages, do meditation, take away time, talk to friends, exercise – and its science it works. Learn how to relax your body.

Activities like that can prevent you going down, when you find the first signs of the crisis. If so, you almost won. Release more time for vacations, dancing and laughter with other people, you will probably be fine.

But it might not be so easy as above. There might be too late for solving problems just like that. So stop for a minute and think about how do you feel. There is a possibility your problem is complex. If so, do not deny that you have a problem. Don’t assume you will always handle problem on your own. Check out Barbara’s post about her realizing that she needs a change in her life. It can help you or your friend.

Personally I can say I am in the middle of the crysis, after realizing I have a problem having too much on my plate, be committed to too many duties, telling everybody I know about the problem – with no progress. But physically I feel that I have to get out of this. There will be fight.

II Małopolski Kongres Kobiet – relacja

II Małopolski Kongres Kobiet

II Małopolski Kongres Kobiet

Uczestniczyłam w tegorocznym (7 marca 2015 roku) wydarzeniu II Małopolski Kongres Kobiet. Kongres miał bardzo ciekawą formę organizacji tematów w postaci paneli dyskusyjnych. Interesujące tematy, dużo emocji, dawka pozytywnej energii do działania. Wybieram się też za rok!

II Małopolski Kongres Kobiet

II Małopolski Kongres Kobiet to projekt zainicjowany przez Stowarzyszenie “Most Kobiet”, które działa na rzecz kobiet mieszkających w Małopolsce.

Kongres zrealizowano przy wsparciu finansowym Urzędu Marszałkowskiego Województwa Małopolskiego oraz długiej listy sponsorów.

Pierwsza edycja kongresu traktowała o kobietach w polityce, niepełnosprawności kobiet, kobiet w nowych technologiach, przedsiębiorczych i kierujących swoim życiem świadomie.
Druga edycja o kobiecych (stereotypowo męskich) pasjach, wychowaniu i różnicy w pokoleniach, kobietach w lotnictwie, przeciwdziałaniu przemocy i również o kobietach w biznesie. Kongres był urozmaicony wystawami fotograficznymi i rysunkowymi.

Centrum Kongresowe ICE Kraków

Konferencja miała miejsce w Centrum Kongresowym ICE (International Conferences and Entertainment) Kraków. Jest to nowoczesny budynek umożliwiający profesjonalną organizację kongresów przy Moście Grunwaldzkim w Krakowie z widokiem na Wawel. Ma bardzo dużą powierzchnię i może ugościć naraz nawet 3200 osób.

Program

Tematy, które wybrałam jako uczestniczka to: “Harpie, piranie, anioły – kobiety w biznesie”, “Nieposkromione, ale spełnione. Kobiece pasje” oraz “Chrześcijański feminizm? Da się zrobić!”.

“Harpie, piranie, anioły – kobiety w biznesie”

Na panel dyskusyjny dotarłam nieco spóźniona, czego żałuję, bo temat był bardzo interesujący. Zwłaszcza gdy rozmowa zeszła na problemy ze znalezieniem przez kobiety pracy po 40-stce lub problem niskiej samooceny, jako przyczyny niskich zarobków.

“Nieposkromione, ale spełnione. Kobiece pasje”

Opowieść pięciorga kobiet o ich niesamowitych i niestandardowych pasjach:

  • sędzia meczów hokejowych
  • młoda podróżniczka po krajach Europy i Afryki ze środkiem transportu – motocykl
  • pilotka, szef szkolenia samolotowego
  • kierowca tira (najwięcej oklasków)
  • uczestniczka/laureatka wyścigów motocyklowych (osoba głucha)

Niewątliwie są to przedstawicielki płci pięknej, które muszą sobie radzić z przecieraniem szlaków w zawodach, które wykonują.

Dziewczyny wywołały efekt “wow”. Ich historie były tak motywujące, że wychodząc z sali miałam wrażenie, że “mogę wszystko” :)

“Chrześcijański feminizm? Da się zrobić!”

Nie jestem osobą wierzącą w boga/ów, jednak żyję w kraju, w którym 60% obywateli deklaruje taką wiarę (Instytut Statystyki Kościoła Katolickiego), a aż 87% przynależy do Kościoła Rzymskokatolickiego (Główny Urząd Statystyczny, Spis powszechny).

Temat wydał mi się interesujący i nie zawiodłam się. Tematami przewodnimi rozmów były elementy dyskryminujące kobiety w religii, czyli problemy osób świeckich w Kościele. Problem tabu, tradycji i symboliki płciowej. “Wino, kobiety i śpiew”, czyli frekwencja na codziennych mszach świętych i do dalej.

Co ciekawego, dowiedziałam się, że istnieje kilka odłamów katolickich feminizmów, i że nawet zakonnice mogą być radykalnymi feministkami.

Gościem panelu dyskusyjnego była również przedstawicielka Kościoła protestanckiego, gdzie obowiązuje powszechne kapłaństwo wszystkich wierzących.

Podsumowując

Uczestniczkami kongresu były kobiety w różnym wieku, od studentek po wiek podeszły – różnorodność bardzo cieszy. Kongres również zapewnił szeroki wachlarz interesujących tematów. Poruszył tematy interesujące i dotyczące nas, kobiety, współcześnie. Była to analiza naszych problemów, ich przyczyny i propozycje rozwiązań.

Mam nadzieję wybrać się na tę imprezę również w przyszłym roku.

Mac PFD editor the best choice – OpenOffice extension

What should you install on Mac OS X when you need to edit existing PDF file?

Well, you can buy or install a trial some program from App Store. You can also install some programs that provide creation of PDF for free. But I do not recommend Skim or Scribus programs to edit existing PDF. They are hard to use.

If it is about a quick PDF fix or edition I recommend a different solution – an installation of OpenOffice extension.

Be careful about what version of the extension you download and if it matches the version of your previously installed OpenOffice or LibreOffice. It does matter.

To install it on Mac OS X you have to:
1) open Programs folder, find OpenOffice and click on it opening context menu,
2) choose Show Package Contents and navigate to: Contents -> share -> extensions -> install,
3) copy/move your fresh downloaded extension file (.oxt) to “install” folder.
4) restart OpenOffice.

Now you can open PDF to edit by clicking: File -> Open from menu and choose .pdf file. Editing PDF now is extremely easy. It is similar to using Open Office Writer.

OpenOffice/LibreOffice PDF extension works very well (tested by me) also on Ubuntu operating system.

Summary of 2014

Rails Girls year

I was a coach during Rails Girls Youth Kraków, Rails Girls Łódź, Rails Girls Wrocław and Rails Girls Silesia, Gliwice. I already had some experience leading a group so I loved to be a tutor. It was my firts time visiting Łódź. Piotrkowska street wins contest for the best party. Then I fell in love with Wrocław city, did you know?

Organizer life

Together with Jan Kraus I became the ambassador and an organizer of Hack4good in Kraków in cooperation with Geeklist. With a help of really great team we had a chance to start new event with a success :) There was also another successful edition, Hack4good 0.6 in September.

I think I turned out to be a good organizer – despite the fact that it was entirely new experience in my life. I has proven myself as a leader of the project, although some things I could improve. Nonetheless, I am very proud of myself.

I become an organizer of Women in Technology meetings in Kraków. I will always remember the stress before the first meeting.

Then I dropped organizing Webmuses workshops in order to clear up my work-volunteering-life balance. That was brave of me. I really do not like dropping projects I started.

Traveling is always close to me

I visited Munich, Germany. The best attraction was Neuschwanstein Castle – inspiration for the castle of Sleeping Beauty in Disneyland. Then Bled in Slovenia – the place I loved at once and I know I will come back there. 2 weeks of real vacations on Madera in Portugal – great views, great place. New Year’s Eve I spent in Bologna and Rome, in Italy.

New skills challenge

Beyond being an organizer I was working as a social media marketer (among an avalanche of other organizer’s responsibilities) during Hack4good in Kraków. I was promoting the Hack4good 0.6 Kraków event. We’ve gain over 450 fans in 3 weeks on facebook. Now I personally regret underestimating job that cares about promotion. It is so much time consuming…

At the begining of the year I planned to start learning how to build iOS apps. But I could not find free time for doing it. But it is still on my TODO list!

Italy 2014

Colosseum

Colosseum

Here we go! A week from Italy :) 1 day in Bologna and 5 days in Rome. I did not fall in love in that country. Reasons why – are listed below.

Litters everywhere

Unfortunalety, the places where I had occasion to walk in Italy were very littered. I wonder if things are different in a summer.

Souvenirs

It was cold and rainy, but in the meantime in Poland was snowing (-10 Celsius). Cold in Italy was penetrating beacuse of a strong wind. So I brought from Italy 1 pair of stockings, 1 pair of high socks, 2 pairs of gloves and 1 warm head band.

No air to breathe

Smokers were everywhere. And there was a lot of them. They are allowed to smoke in bus and train stops. Though you were safe among other tourists, they are more healthy to be next to.

Italians do not speak English

Beyond special informations points where people are paid for speaking English it was very difficult to find a person that speaks English. Do not try it on the street. Do not try it with bus drivers. Even our main airbnb host did not speak English. Nightmare.

I had an impression that Italians ignore you speaking English and force you to listen Italian, when it is clear you do not understand Italian. The most annoying thing in Italy in my opinion.

Fortunately waiters were familiar with English and most restaurants in the center of Rome had English menu. Thank you for that!

Sightseeing

I am fan of old monuments. But I do not like monuments to be desecrated. By desecration I mean mixing present-day life with ancient buildings. That’s why I wanted to cry when I saw Roman Forum or Colosseum in Rome (or Arena in Pula, Croatia). It is hard to imagine ancient days with for example car traffic arround.

I am in general appalled about falsification of temples into churches (how could they) but I suppose we can not change it easily :(

Another sad thing was during winter many monuments are open up to 13.00 or about 15.00. A good thing may be in winter that there was almost no queue.

I was also disappointed with St. Peter’s Square. It was not like I saw it on pictures in the internet, tv and videos. I imagined it to be a big, big round square but in reality it was not so huge. I did not realize at first I am at the center on that square and I could not believe it when it occurred to me. Has Parisian syndrome a similar taste?

Any things I liked in Italy?

Travel prices and travel speed

What I would want to be implemented in other cities in the world is Rome’s prices of public transport. For only 1,5 euro you can travel by 100 minutes in Rome and suburb – by metro, bus, tram or urban railway. Amazing. This is definitely the thing I will miss.

A train from Bologna to Rome I was on board was very fast, approximately 240 km/h. Journey was so comfortable you could not feel you are traveling at all. You just do not feel the speed.

Food

Food was delicious. Not as good as in Greece, but I will remember the taste :) Pizza and different kind of pasta are just not the same like in Poland.

Summarizing, Italy would not be a place to live for me. Some positive things, but negative are overwhelming.

8. Women in Technology Kraków

Hi there :) Winter is coming, and xmas is coming, but also another meeting of Women in Technology in Kraków is coming, yay!

Event I am writing about starts at 18:00 on 18. November at Ambasada Krakowian at Stolarska 6/9 street.

Topics of the meeting are strongly connected with mobile development:

  • Natalia Berdys, Joanna Dudoń – From the monster to the App Store – the first steps about creating an application for kids

    Natalia (programmer) and Joanna (illustrator) will tell a story about two girls who created appplication for children which is about feeding monsters. From the first ideas scribbled on a piece, the life of monsters on the iPad screen to marketing, atmosphere and relationships in IT branch – the girls will share with their mistakes, a little victories and a lot of experiences.

    Natalia Berdys

    Natalia Berdys has been an avid gamer and computer tinkerer since early childhood. After receiving her M.A. in American Literature, she taught herself to program with the aspiration to make oddball games and whimsical apps for Apple platforms.

    She has been coding for over a year and finds the Objective-C programming language poetic and allegorical. When she’s not coding or encouraging others to start doing so, or getting excited about obscure nerdy stuff, she loves gaming on old consoles, playing her bass guitar and performing at karaoke bars.

    Joanna Dudoń

    Joanna Dudoń is a native Polish highlander who ditched her folk costume to pursue a career in graphic design. While studying Journalism, she spent her nights drawing, finally becoming a self-taught illustrator 2 years ago.

    Since her sources of inspiration lie mostly in her dark imagination, she particularly enjoys illustrating the eerie, outlandish and mythical, such as monsters or nocturnal creatures. She enjoys experimental cooking, but the results are inedible, so she’s about to start a collection of tin wind-up toys instead.

  • Łukasz Libront – Mobilne aplikacje hybrydowe

    Presentation will describe technology to create hybrid mobile app on an example of real tasks and solutions – a comparison with other available mobile technologies. The most interesting elements may be encountered problems and tips&tricks – how to deal with them. At the end – some interesting ideas and a few words about fufure of this technology.

    Łukasz Libront

    A man like mine-of-ideas. He is not afraid of any challenges and new technologies. He is a Solution Architect and Team Leader at Sii company. He is experienced in implementation of applications (including mobile) for banking systems and rail system. He loves large amounts of data, which resulted in a thesis, which is about a locations in social networks. His passion for open data helped to develop a project on public data in Lesser Poland, which is called the “Open Lesser Poland”.

Please register on eventbrite to join this meeting.

7. Women in Technology Kraków

Event starts at 18:00 and takes place on 18. November at ToTu Klub at Floriańska 18.

Topics:

  • Piotr Rogowski – Introduction to AngularJS

    What is AngularJS and how to start to work with it? Why should we be interested in it? A short introduction to how to create a firts project in AngularJS and which tools should we use.

    Piotr Rogowski

    Piotr studies at AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków. He is a Symfony2 and AngularJS developer. He practices karate and ballroom dancing in his free time.

  • Karolina Jarocka – Project’s psychology – a man in a project. Selected mechanisms of a project

    A project is not only a scope, budget and time. It is mostly a people and emotions between them. Their experiences, prejudices, motivations, social and personal skills. It’s an invisible aura of a project.

    Karolina Jarocka

    Karolina is a press journalist and a professional project manager. From many years she has been interested in the efficiency in project management, as well as coaching and personal development in the field of management psychology. She manages information systems. She supports development process of a project and its usability.

Please register on eventbrite to join this meeting.

6. Women in Technology Kraków meeting as a part of Geek Week Krk #2 event

Saturday’s meeting is a part of a Geek Week KRK #2 event, which has place 20.10 – 26.10. Geek Week is a week of IT events, focused on industry and discovering new technologies.

Event starts at 18:30, takes place on 25. October and is hosted thanks to hub:raum, co-working-space.

Topics

  • Gosia Borzęcka – Introduction to .NET Framework

    A long time ago, when… Well, not so that long ago, it was in 2002 – the .NET platform was introduced to the world.
    What does the .NET Framework? And what can developers benefit by using .NET? Do we necessary need Visual Studio to be able to write a .NET program? This presentation shows the architecture and features of the framework.

    Małgorzata Borzęcka

    Małgorzata works as .NET and T-SQL developer. Searching for her career path she worked as a network and IT systems administrator in accordance with Princem2 and ITIL. She loves to program and looks for news related to this activity. In her free time she writes a blog about events, trends and technical curiosities about programming (gosiaborzecka.net) or ride a bicycle in Wrocław.

    Twitter @GosiaBorzecka

  • Bianka Lasocka – Freelancer work time organization

    How to work without imposed time frames? How to stretch a day? How to plan your time and make it works? We will think about how to create a good system time management and how to stick to the plan for more than one project.

Join us :) Please register on evenea.

5. Women in Technology Kraków

It’s autumn (time is going to fast…) and our 5th Women in Technology meeting in Kraków, 8th of October 2014 at 18:00 at Pauza in Garden.

Topics:

  • Basia Madej – JavaScript through centuries

    A brief history of currently most popular programming language from the very beginning to the (more or less) yesterday afternoon tea. The presentation will be about frontend and backend development, but mostly about AngularJS and the Model View Controller.

    Basia Madej

    Ruby On Rails programmer, in love with JavaScript, WebMuses Workshop’s organizer and member of the TEDxKraków team.

    Twitter basiamadej

  • Natalia Stanko – The power of events

    Natalia Stanko (yay! its actually me)

    A short reflection, a motivation speech I wanted to share. The IT (and not only) events and its impact on your personal development and career.

    Natalia Stanko likes sharing her knowledge. She encourages women to learn programming. She organize Women in Technology meetings in Kraków and polish edition of Geeklist Hack4good hackaton.
    She’s a backend developer passionate about web frameworks and new technologies.
    Her free time is spent on writing blog posts (here!). She adores cats, travelling and books, paper one books.

    Twitter nataliastanko

  • Piotr Płonka – How to launch a startup 5pm to 9am.

    Krótka refleksja o charakterze motywacyjnym. O eventach branżowych i ich wpływie na rozwój i karierę.

    Piotr Płonka

    Piotr is an IT team leader in investment bank, Java and clean code lover. After hour is the founder and programmer at mailgrupowy.pl, a popular startup for students.
    Piotr is interested in User Experience, traveling, fast prototyping and contacting with people.

Join us :) Have a beer, tea or delicious cookie at Pauza in Garden. Please register on evenea.

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