Sociomantic Partners with Geek Girls Carrots to Raise Developer Diversity

Polish-born group, Geek Girls Carrots, creates recurring meet-ups with Sociomantic to empower women in tech

Natalie Pistunovich presenting at our first meet-up.

Diversity has always been a very important topic at Sociomantic. Employees (and especially developers) are recruited from every country of the world, and often a day doesn’t go by without hearing a lively variety of spoken languages in our Berlin headquarters. However, diversity in tech is not just about people from different places, but also people of all different backgrounds, genders, beliefs and more. Thus, to continue our expanding role in the growing developer community, we’ve partnered with Geek Girls Carrots, an international group dedicated to supporting women (and non-male) developers in tech. I’m honored to announce that we’re working together to organize events in Berlin, the first being a recurring meet-up with alternating topics.

Natalie Pistunovich speaks at our event.Our first meet-up in March took place at co.up Coworking‘s wonderful Kreuzberg location (the same venue where our third FullStackJS meet-up took place) and was focused on the topic of mobile growth, bringing people together to hear from two special speakers: Natalie Pistunovich, a Backend Engineer at adjust (an international, Berlin-based startup providing mobile analytics), with her talk entitled “Growth Pains: Finding and Fixing the Fraud Problem” and Konrad Maruszewski, CXO of Cringle, whose talk was called “Growth Hacking – Tips & Tricks from the Tech Industry.”

Both speakers’ experience and personalities made for two informative and exciting talks. Outside of work, in Natalie’s free time, she’s an enthusiastic gopher and helps to co-organize the Berlin chapter of the Golang and Women TechMakers meet-ups. Konrad, on the other hand, studied Computer Science and Psychology at the Technical University of Berlin and worked as a research scientist at the Innovation Laboratories of Deutsche Telekom (T-Labs), developing advanced emotion recognition systems and future interfaces for mobile devices.

Box full of muesli from our co-sponsor MyMuesli!Overall, about 30 enthusiasts showed up, making for an energetic yet intimate evening, sprinkled with some take-home swag: Sociomantic-provided, hand-branded bags filled with muesli samples and vouchers courtesy of our event co-sponsor, MyMuesli (another German-bred startup). After the talks, the guests enjoyed a selection of meat, vegetarian and vegan food from Marble Sauce (a group of classy, local caterers) as they talked for quite some time, exchanging ideas and getting to know each other–exactly what a meet-up, independently of its topic or size, should encourage. Jolene Borrelli, a Web Developer who attended the event, explains the experience in her own words: “It was amazing The food spread provided by Marble Sauce meet with so many other exceptional women working in tech, all who came from different aspects of development. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, the talks interesting and the Q&A period vigorous and informative. I was very proud of Sociomantic to be supporting and collaborating with the Geek Girls Carrots. Also, the food was great!”

Overall it seems this first collaboration with Geek Girls Carrots was a success, making us proud of not only being involved in such a productive and enthusiastic event, but also of collaborating with a group dedicated to something that’s so important for many in tech industry but especially for all of us here at Sociomantic: unbiased inclusion.

Want to attend the next event or get involved to help? Just head over to the Geek Girls Carrots MeetUp group and stay tuned for the announcement of our next gathering!