WBZ-0306 The dyslexic programmer, creativity did not kill the cat | Devoxx

Devoxx Belgium 2018
from Monday 12 November to Friday 16 November 2018.

   The dyslexic programmer, creativity did not kill the cat


Methodology & Culture
Methodology & Culture
Beginner & novice level
Room 4 Wednesday from 13:05 til 13:20

Dyslexia is generally considered a disability, prejudices are always in place (they are slow and can not read or write). To be honest some of it is true but they have other qualities that make them excellent developers.

There A lot of misconceptions about dyslexia. Did you know that approximately 2 out of 10 persons are dyslexic? and 6 out of 10 do not even know it or are trying to hide it?

After a short introduction on what dyslexia actually is I will present you with some interesting facts that you probably did not know. From there on I take you on a ride into the mind of a dyslexic. His reading skills, the problems he faces and more important their perception of the world. The way that we perceive the world allows us to have a different look at anything we encounter. This different look is sometimes referred to as thinking outside the box.

At the end of the presentation, I hope that I reframed this perceived weakness as being a powerful tool. And some pointers on how to interact with us, it is not that different from any other person.

education   programmer   creativity  
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Pieter Van Der Meer
Pieter Van Der Meer
From Dataworkz

BigData hacker,

Passionate developer/engineer in BigData environments. Current active at the Port of Rotterdam and enabling them to become the smartest harbor in the world.

Being a dyslexic person it is almost impossible for me to think inside the box. The visual representation I create in my head makes it possible to communicate my ideas by means of drawings and pictures allowing multiple levels to connect to my train of thought.

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