I was thrilled to score a free ticket for the Google Cloud conference July 24-26 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. On the first day, I was waiting on line at 6:30 a.m. for the doors to open at 7 a.m. Tickets purchased on the “day of” the conference were $2000. I felt very lucky that Google had reached out to include more women attendees at the conference. There were many women on stage, including Diane Greene, the CEO of Google Cloud. She opened and closed the keynotes, and interviewed the 2017 Turing Award winners David Patterson and John Hennessy, the chairman of Alphabet.
I was delighted to spend some time with another woman from the DevChix list who also was able to take advantage of the diversity ticket. I am very excited about her prospects as she sets out to start a consulting firm. I also was pleased to be able to borrow a couple of Chromebooks: the Asus C302 flip and the Samsung. I was frustrated because of the difficulty of saving my contemporaneous notes but was very impressed by the resourcefulness and gentle customer support of Luis and others on the “Grab and Go” team.
I learned how to use my Clipper Card on Golden Gate transit and that if I leave at 5 or 5:30 am the trip is about 90 minutes. If I take a 4 p.m. express bus back, the trip takes two and a half hours. The bus stops close to SFMOMA and Moscone. All in all, quite an adventure. I am gobsmacked at the range of AI, Machine Learning, Cloud Security and all the innovation including hardware, software and open-source. It was mind-boggling.