by Zaza Soriano
<Excitement> <APL> <Coworkers/> <Committee> <Purpose/> <Benefits/> </Committee> <Recruiting/> </APL> <GHC type="Community Committee"> <Members> </GHC> <GHC type="Inspiration"/> </Excitement>
for Topic in Excitement.Children: print """I work at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) as an embedded software engineer. This will be my 6th year attending GHC, my 2nd representing APL, and my first on the ABI Communities Committee.""" if Topic.Type == 'APL': print """APL is a non-profit company and because of that it’s not an easy task to justify spending money on a non-technical conference. This however has been changing,and is one of the things I am really excited about this year.""" for Info in Topic.Children: switch(Info.Type): case 'Coworkers': print """It’s exciting to watch the GHC bug start to spread to other departments in the organization.""" break; case 'Committee': print """A couple of us started up a committee to help with the influx of APL’ers attending. The road has been bumpy so far and I am very excited to see how this year goes!""" for Item in Info.Children: if Item.Type == 'Purpose': print """Our motivation behind the committee had a lot to do with wanting to make the experience as smooth as possible for new attendees, as well as making sure we as a lab are able to continually benefit from what was learned at GHC.""" if Item.Type == 'Benefits': print """I’m really excited about seeing how each pair of APL’ers will share what they learned this year.""" break; case 'Recruiting': print """Last year I headed up the recruiting for our department. This year I am excited to see how my friend does with recruiting. So far I am extremely happy and love to witness young woman gaining confidence and experience doing something they love.""" break; if Topic.Type == 'GHC': if Topic.getAttribute('type') == 'Community Committee': if Topic.ChildNode(0).Type == 'Members': print """I LOVE working with everyone on the committee! It’s like being surrounded by amazing woman all the time! I am looking forward to finally meeting everyone next month. :)""" else if Topic.getAttribute('type') == 'Inspiration': print """I saved the best for last...The thing I get the most excited about GHC is the inspiration you get from attending. Yes the sessions are great, very informative, generally always useful, but there is something about being in a room full of THOUSANDS of other technical woman that is just SO INSPIRING!! It’s not something that can be described with words, so I hope that every technical woman at some point gets to experience that amazing feeling at least once in their life."""
“Think Outside the Box”