Fostering diversity & talent
in the API community
Organisations need APIs, and APIs need people to bring them to life. At apidays, just like in the wider technology industry, we recognise the importance of diversity. Diversity that meets the challenges of today’s technology environment: ethical API strategies and business models; the best engineered API solutions; and teams where everyone feels included and where their contribution is valued.
Despite our best efforts, at apidays we share diversity challenges common in the technology industry. Participation falls short of reflecting the broader population, let alone the potential users of our solutions. We are committed to changing this, with our Women In APIs program. We see a huge community of people in APIs beyond those who design, code, and maintain APIs. People who manage projects, design business strategies, help customers succeed, found or lead businesses, direct marketplaces, run DevRel, market or evangelise APIs. People who lobby, write laws or influence public policy. From this wide population, we want to reach out to more people: to give them opportunities and encouragement to showcase their work and be more widely appreciated for their talent and contribution.
Members of our community are as diverse and as widely spread around the world as the nature of the API activities and industries they work in. Register here for free membership which gives you access to our programs, professional networking events and others in our community. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to meeting you!
Connecting with our community gets you an invitation to our slack channel, the opportunity to get to know other members and advance notice of Women In API activities and events.
Registering as one of our experienced API and industry/technology professionals as a coach / mentor provides the opportunity for others to learn from you as well as giving you the opportunity to broaden your own personal network in other industries, API domains and/or geographies.
Registering for one of our volunteer-led programs helps you build skills and grow your network in and around APIs.
The Women In APIs initiative continues to grow from strength to strength and there are always ways in which people can help. If you'd like to get involved with planning and executing events, designing and delivering new programs, or contributing your skills in other ways; please get in touch at email@example.com
The overarching goal of the 4 Steps to Speaking initiative is to broaden the number of talented API professionals with experience, credibility and confidence to share more of their experiences and stories.
The program is run across four activities:
Strategy Translator and Women In APIs Lead
Claire Barrett makes strategy happen in real and practical ways that resonate through all levels of an organisation. A consultant and IT professional, she also provides leadership to the global Women In APIs community.
Founding Partner of Osaango
I co-authored the API Economy 101 -book because companies and the public sector needed a scientific research-based mind-changing guide with practical examples to API and platform economy. The API and platform economy as business models are key components of competitiveness. APIs enable scalability and distributed services, products, and organization. They affect organizational structures and culture in unexpected ways. Ecosystem customer paths run through APIs and platforms. Innovation happens faster and the customer experience is better when you build services using resources from your partner’s ecosystems. When you offer your core capabilities through the API to others, it allows your business to focus on what you do best. How are these business and IT configurations planned and managed? What does the recent research in 2017-2020 tell us? What practical methods are available?
Technical Documentation Manager at Twitch
Ilona is Technical Documentation Manager and part of Twitch's Developer Relations team. She enables people from all backgrounds and disciplines to be more effective through documentation that is crystal clear, actionable, and inclusive. A University of Pennsylvania graduate, she has pioneered and driven the highest standards in technical documentation quality during her 20+ year career. She is involved with API Days Women in APIs initiative as a mentor and a leader of our new "4 Steps to Speaking" program. Through her volunteer work, she is Communications Lead on the TechWomen Alumnae Council, and is actively engaged in encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers and supporting women in the tech space.
Senior Director of Research at Slashdata
Christina Voskoglou is passionate about bridging the chasm of understanding between companies and customers - be it consumers or developers - through data and research, making the world a slightly better place in the process. Christina has a long track record of designing customer intelligence initiatives from business problem definition, to infrastructure and processes specification, to building analytics teams and defining a targeted customer outreach strategy based on data insights.
Director, Developer Relations at Rubrik
Rebecca Fitzhugh is the Principal Technologist at Rubrik where she researches and evaluates emerging technologies to define and communicate long-term technical strategies. Prior to joining Rubrik, she freelanced as a consulting architect for 6 years. During that period, Rebecca worked with various federal agencies, foreign government, enterprise, and service provider customers across multiple verticals. She began her career in the US Marine Corps, acting as a data systems analyst. During her 5 year service, Rebecca specialized in cryptographic systems and eventually managed a Force level data center that provided services to the entire Pacific fleet.