• Daniel Schweighöfer

    Programming Parents

    About Daniel Schweighöfer

    Daniel is one of those people who had already spent most of their time online when it was still unusual to do so. He started to work as an administrator and eventually moved on to do programming for a living a few years later. It was so much fun and rewarding for him, that he moved to Berlin to work full-time as a backend developer.

    Even though he enjoys his work a lot, there are also many other important things in his life. He cares about being responsible for his family, likes to share his thoughts on his blog and manages to have time for some other hobbies as well. During his time in Berlin’s startup scene, he experienced how difficult it is to make a living in an industry where most people tend to think that programming is all you should care about.

    This talk

    Working as a developer while raising a child isn’t as difficult as you may think.

    Many adults are parents, and many can still become one some day. Becoming a parent changes a lot of things in your life. What it doesn’t change is your ability to work. It surely changes your priorities, and you don’t get much sleep during the first few years, but this doesn’t have to prevent anybody from doing awesome work.

    If we have this in mind, it’s strange to observe what an exotic status parents and children have in our industry. The amount of family-friendly employees and workspaces is tremendously low. Also, work which is organised in a way that doesn’t require everybody to work 40 hours a week is particularly rare, as my current difficulties in finding a new job with fewer hours has shown.

    Parents in our industry have become visible in recent years. Therefore, parents are often disregarded when a startup is founded. Creating a family-friendly workspace isn’t difficult, it’s just uncommon.

    This talk will introduce what it means to be a parent working as a developer and how work can be organised in a family-friendly way. It will show the way in which working in a family-friendly workspace benefits everybody, leaving you with a practical list of ideas of how you can improve your worklife.