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My name is Henning Tuininga and I am an 11-year-old homeschooled fifth grader. I was excited about the chance to attend PyCon 2014 in Montreal, Canada. I traveled there with my dad and some of his coworkers who are all programmers at Dyn. One of the first things I noticed at the conference was how
inclusive they were. I noticed that there were a lot of women there, which has been unusual at tech events that I have been to in the past.
Not only were a third of the attendees women, but a third of the speakers were women. The organizers of PyCon worked hard to not only
include women, but also to include kids like me. This is a big deal in the Python community because they see kids as the future of the
language. It was really cool to me that some of the speakers were under 13. It showed me that not only did they want us there but they
wanted to give us a voice.
My favorite experience at PyCon was the kids' track for learning Python. I got to attend a Young Coders Day that was completely focused
on teaching us Python. We did all of our work on the Raspberry Pi, which I have some experience with from working with my dad.
Henning is a homeschooled 5th grader from New Hampshire. He loves archery, cooking, karate and reading graphic novels. He also enjoys programming and circuit building with his Dad.
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