History's first programmer took inspiration from the complexities of weaving fabric on a loom. Why? Because fiber-craft is binary code, built up into complex patterns following complex logic.
Like weaving, knitting is code. From wartime ciphers to modern development, knitted code has many secrets technologists can learn from.
Using the lens of knitting, we'll explore the lessons 1000+ years of practice taught some of our earliest coders about community, design, documentation, choosing your tools, fixing your mistakes, and programming fallacies.
Nat is the Head of Design for Figure.NZ, where she spends her days helping kiwis to see New Zealand clearly by making open data findable and useable. She was formerly the Solutions and UX Lead for Vend, a retail SaaS platform. A user experience designer by trade, Nat advocates for an intersectional, inclusive approach to designing our future.
In her (elusive) spare time, she works with conferences, events and companies to make NZ's tech sector a more welcoming place for under-represented minorities.