Hi Irina, could you start by telling us what do you do for a living?
Do you have any hobbies?
Outside of work things I like going out to explore. I pretty fortunate Vancouver is basically surrounded by mountains, so I get to go hiking quite frequently. There are really awesome trails a bus away and I don't have to drive to far-off places to enjoy one.
What are you interested in technically and personally?
Technically, I've been really getting into hardware hacking. @nodebotanist introduced me to working with an Arduino && Johnny-five at NodeInteractive in December. Now I have an Intel Edison and my friend sent me over a Flora board and some Neopixels. In other words, I am a happy hacker with some really cool toys to play with ^.^
Personally, I've been trying to get more involved in the community around town. The overall community and some really good folk "brought" me up as a developer, and it's important for me to give back. Occasionally you can find me teaching Ruby with a local chapter of Girls Learning Code. And I am pretty much always around at nodeschool Vancouver.
Why apply to Scotland JS?
Initially saw the call-for-proposals over in the twitter sphere. Then a few folks mentioned this is going to be a good event to speak at. And well, it's, oh my gosh, in Scotland \o/
What is your talk about?
What are you looking forward to?
How do you feel about participating in the Discussion Track? We're eager to get people's impressions about the format and find out how they feel about it.
Hmmmmm. I am not sure about it. I don't normally like Q&A in general, I feel like people are going to grill me over my facts. So this is probably going to be better than just a plain ol' Q&A. My most preferred way of interacting with delegates is probably just talking to people, i.e. folks coming up to me during coffee breaks and asking questions, things like that. It's more natural, doesn't feel overwhelming for me, and for the person who wanted to say something. For example, someone came up to me after my NodeInteractive talk and we nerded out over their approach to interactive command line interfaces; it was great.
Thank you for taking the time to talk to us today Irina, we can't wait to meet you in a few weeks time.