Laura Gaetano

UI/UX Designer

Main focus: Design

Twitter handle: @alicetragedy


Languages: English, French, German, Italian

City: Stockerau, Austria

State: Lower Austria

Country: Austria

Topics: art and programming, women in tech, remote work, design, user interface design, open source, artistic practice, learning programming, diversity in tech, design systems, productivity, event organisation

Services: Talk, Workshop management, Consulting, Interview

  Willing to travel for an event.

  Willing to talk for nonprofit.


I started being more interested in the issue of women and diversity in tech after landing a web developer job in 2013 in an all-male company; having come from the music industry, which is also primarily male, I realised that this wasn't a problem which was confined to the music, journalism, or art industries (the main areas I was interested in at the time) and that this problem was everywhere. I decided to actively try and make a change by coaching at programming events and founding local groups for women to get together and learn to program. Among other things, I co-organised Rails Girls Summer of Code — a program which offers women 3-month scholarships to work on Open Source software — and managed projects at Travis Foundation, a non-profit initiative that focused the Open Source community. I'm now a UI/UX designer with a huge love for accessibility. I like owls, facts about NASA and space, reading, travelling, and melodic hardcore music.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

Introduction to git

June 14, 2014: A small introduction to git for Rails Girls workshop attendees in Linz.

This talk is in: English
Making your voice heard: Open Source Needs You

February 17, 2017: Keynote at Drupal Mountain Camp about making contributions to Open Source software and good practices for maintaining OSS projects.

This talk is in: English
How Martial Arts made me a better programmer

June 11, 2015: Talk at the local Ruby user group, focusing on how to implement the martial arts philosophy, learning process, and general practices to improve my programming skills.

This talk is in: English