Speaker Details

Simone de Gijt
Simone is a 30 year old scuba dive fanatic, who loves to dance, sing and go on adventures. She lives in Amsterdam and is currently working for OpenValue Amsterdam, for who she's a Java and Kotlin software developer consultant.  In her own time she volunteers as an educator on high schools about gender diversity and sexuality. Mainly to make the world a little kinder. She loves to be in a group, mingle, collaborate, talk and explain. But she wouldn’t want to work without the excitement and satisfaction she feels when developing a new feature. She's defined by the combination: social but nerdy! 
How much do you know about the computer that you are? The computer we call “our brain”? And do you sometimes struggle with learning the new programming languages or the features of a new Java version (let’s say Java 21)? Yes?! In that case, this talk is something for you!
In this talk we’ll look at learning a new language from a Linguistic and Neurological perspective, while at the same time looking at how we can apply this in the IT setting we work in. At the end of this talk you will know how your brain stores new information and how that information can be retrieved and used. Next to that you will be given some practical tips and tricks on how to improve your own learning curve and how to help others support others who are in the process of learning.
As a previous speech-and-language therapist I would like to give you a better understanding of how we learn languages and how this knowledge can help us in the never-ending changing world of software development!