Women in tech, let's take your career to the next level!
Join us for 4 days designed to polish your skills and fully own your expertise through writing, speaking, and open source.
By the end of this intensive 4-day conference for women and non-binary people in tech, each attendee will possess and polish the skills necessary to fully own their expertise as thought leaders, conference speakers, and open source contributors.
Writing is a skill we all use throughout our professional careers, whether we're documenting code or blogging. This talk covers various aspects of professional writing, including understanding your audience, technical versus non-technical communication, and even what it's like to write a book!
For developers, growing into a team lead is not an overnight transition but rather a gradual process and it starts with making and owning technical decisions. I hope to show how engineers can leverage their expertise and influence to become a tech lead and contribute to projects beyond just code.
The rapidly growing tech industry is filled with stories of people who became overnight millionaires, simply by getting in early on a company that made it big. Riding this train of dreams fueled by survivorship bias, startup founders often use equity offers and the promise of future returns as a way to justify lower salaries, but in some ways, this is like being paid in lottery tickets. However, like the lottery, where chances of winning are extremely low if you play, but nonexistent if you don’t, equity and stock options can be a vehicle for monetary gains you might not otherwise achieve by diligent saving alone. The question then becomes, just how much are you willing to pay in lost salary for this chance? Further, how do you evaluate the value and fairness of the offer you’ve received? What options do you have for negotiating an offer to your advantage, and how can you make the most of it? I’ll help you wade through the sea of terms, options, and outcomes so you’ll feel prepared to make these choices for yourself.
For humans, care is ubiquitous. Most of us perform and benefit from care on a daily basis, including operational care, companionship, child and elder care, routine assistance and accommodation. Technology has the potential to shape the way that we give and receive care, and the conditions in which the work of care is done. Yet, is it possible to automate the crucial tasks of caring, and is it in our own interest to do so?
Drawing on business cases and design research, this session examines care work’s impact across industries including healthcare, education, transportation and technology. How can we better operationalize ethics of care in order to design for privacy, security and trust? How can we design services, along with products and systems, to support care?
In this interactive workshop, participants will be encouraged to draw on their own professional and personal experiences. Following the presentation, we will share and take part in brief design exercises to define and iterate design principles and outcomes to support and recognize care work.
Lisa van Gelder
Think you can’t draw? You can still sketchnote! Copy and learn the visual vocabulary of different letter styles, bubbles & ribbons, fun bullet points, and create your first sketchnote in this hands-on session.
Whether you’re trying to teach a technical concept or focus on professional growth, interactive workshops are the best way to get teams engaged and individuals to remember lessons learned. Any individual can create these engaging and interesting sessions by following a simple formula.
In our work, we have moments of saying some prepared words under a spotlight - standups, presenting to a client, pitching your promotion to your boss - yet we all have different fears about those moments. We’ll talk through tactics to feel confident and equipped to step into that spotlight.
Developers love logic. And yet, we can react to failures in our software in illogical ways! In this talk, we’ll understand the psychology behind failure & the cognitive behaviors that lead us into dangerous, downward spirals. Let’s deconstruct failure and learn how to approach it with grit & grace!
Want to start a blog but worried no one would read your posts? Create an email campaign instead - and engage with your fans even after the conference talk is over. This workshop will teach you ways to break down a technical topic into bite-sized emails.
Don’t become a closet rock star! While developing your brand as a thought leader, your company may not be aware of the impact that you’re making on the industry. Learn key strategies to ensure that your external stardom is also recognized and celebrated internally within your company.
Big Data is about wrangling large amounts of information and finding the signal in the noise. When people think about a career in data science, most of them imagine building complex models. In reality, the hardest problem in data is surprising simple: counting. This talk will explain why.
Warning: This talk contains vocal fry, the word “like”, uptalk, and what has been described as “baby voice”. I’m sorry if I sound annoying, unintelligent, immature, and not credible. This is the story of how I navigated the insecurity brought on by people’s critique of my voice and speaking habits.
Bots are saturating twitter by altering social commentary, giving helpful advice, combining news headlines for amusement, and just tweeting out nonsense. If you’ve ever wished you could make your own but didn’t know where to start, I’m here to teach you! Through Node.js and the helpful Twitter API client Twit, we’ll walk through how to monitor streaming APIs and send out your own tweets. We’ll even build our own bot utilizing Microsoft’s Cognitive Service APIs which make Machine Learning like sentiment analysis and computer vision more easily accessible via REST APIs.
By the end of the workshop, you’ll have your own fully functioning Twitter bot and the knowledge to go on and help contribute to the fastly growing bot landscape.
Interested in starting a Write/Speak/Code Chapter in your city? Join our board members and current chapter leaders to discuss building our local communities!
Sometimes, working hard isn’t enough. Sometimes, other people need to see and value your work. Sometimes, you get lucky. This talk will cover hard-work, the myth of meritocracy, visibility, and what we owe one another once we are “successful”.
Many talks focus on welcoming more marginalized programmers into the tech industry. However, we are doing nothing to address inequality if the custodians in our offices and the cooks in our cafeterias can't afford to live in town. Gentrification is a reality: we need to address it and overcome it.
Carolyn Van Slyck
Hidden disabilities aren’t obvious to the naked eye, but affect your ability to function on a daily basis. Our panel of developers and designers will discuss their experiences and how they have built successful careers despite their issues.
Our panel is wide-ranging, from freelancers to corporate workers who have had to advocate for themselves to receive the accommodations they need. We will discuss keeping up motivation during depressive episodes, accessibility issues, the culture around sick days and more.
Takeaways will be:
Time is the measure of the balance between work and life. Whether learning too fast or working too hard, free time is often the first to go, especially in tech. But it's a more expensive sacrifice than you know. What if I said there's no such thing as a waste of time? Learn to take back your time!
The story of the code cooperative, an open source educational program that teaches former inmates to code as a means to creating social change.
The workshop is one part negotiation seminar, one part improv role-play sessions and one part open discussion on the best negotiation strategies and tactics for women in tech. The sum of parts is actionable negotiation insights; a clear blueprint for negotiating with power; and whole lot of fun.
In our unprecedented political climate, it's increasingly hard to not feel torn between work and world events. So how can you balance your professional and civic duties? This talk will offer different examples and strategies for integrating politics into your nine-to-five.
It’s easy to feel lost as you advance in the tech industry when you are an outlier in a sea of homogeneity. This talk is a pragmatic look at surviving the center of the leaky, acid filled pipeline delivered to you directly from the trenches.
Rebecca Miller-Webster is a software engineer, conference organizer, and educator. She is the founder of Write/Speak/Code and Practice Lead at DevMynd. Rebecca has been developing software professionally for over a dozen years, previously organized GORUCO, and was the founding teacher at Dev Bootcamp NYC. Rebecca's hobbies include drinking Cherry Coke Zero, wearing trousers, telling computers what to do, cuddling pugs, & wearing all the colors.
Courteney Ervin is a software developer at the New York Public Library, where she is thrilled to be writing code in her happy place: the junction of social good and open source. Previously, Ervin was a founding teacher at Dev Bootcamp’s NYC campus, and she has also led events and technology projects at a variety of nonprofits. She holds a BA in English and Anthropology from Columbia University.
Neha Batra is a software engineer at Pivotal Labs who, 3.5 years ago, was an energy consultant and quit to teach herself programming because “it was time.” She holds a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and enjoys food, planning trips (and has overly comprehensive spreadsheets for her trips), and pronouncing GIFs how it should be: jiffs.
Amy is a programmer and designer who cares about STEM and STEAM education and making the world better through human-centric design and technology. She is the founder of Bubblesort Zines—zines that explain computer science concepts via drawings and stories. Previously, she was a web dev at Airbnb, did machine learning research at Honda Research Institute in Japan, and HCI research at the University of Tokyo.
Vaidehi is an engineer at Tilde, where she works on Skylight. She enjoys building and breaking code, but loves creating empathetic engineering teams a whole lot more. In her spare time, she runs basecs, a weekly writing series that explores the fundamentals of computer science.
Mina Markham is a front-end architect, conference speaker and organizer and lover of design systems. She writes code for a living, currently for the Growth Marketing team at Slack. Previously a senior engineer at Hillary for America, her work on the Pantsuit pattern library has been spotlighted in WIRED, Fast Company, and Communication Arts. A prolific public speaker, Mina has appeared at events worldwide, including CSS Dev Conf, Fluent, and Future of Web Design. In addition, she’s the co-organizer of Front Porch, a front-end conference which prides itself on showcasing and fostering new speakers. Mina likes ampersands, Oreos, traveling, cupcakes, and the color pink. When she's not crafting sites or teaching others, she is probably in her kitchen baking something chocolatey. Mina graduated cum laude from Syracuse University with a dual major in Graphic Arts from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Women’s Studies. She lives in Oakland, California.
Mica Alaniz is a Chicagoan, first and foremost. She is a Front-end Developer at Leapfrog Online where she builds web apps and emails for Fortune 500 companies and is also the Volunteer Engineering Lead for Ameya Pawar for Governor. She holds a Master's in New Media Studies from DePaul. In her off time she builds Slackbots, maintains isthereacubsgametoday.com, listens to too many podcasts and is always trying to locate the nearest elote cart.
Lara Hogan is an Engineering Director at Etsy and the author of Designing for Performance, Building a Device Lab, and Demystifying Public Speaking. She champions performance as a part of the overall user experience, helps people get comfortable giving presentations, and believes it's important to celebrate career achievements with donuts.
Julie is a software engineer based in Portland, OR who likes to focus on the front-end and user experience. She fights for the user and cares about making tech a better place for everyone. In her free time, Julie dabbles in writing, comics, and firebees.
Erica builds websites for Ball State's Center for Business and Economic Research in Muncie, Indiana. She has worked as a full-stack PHP developer for two years. Her favorite things are her daughter, husband, bandmate, diesel Benz, and pasta. All at the same time.
Katherine Daniels is a senior operations engineer at Etsy who got their start in programming with TI-80 calculators back when GeoCities was still cool. These days, they have opinions on things like monitoring, on-call usability, and Effective DevOps. Before escaping to the world of operations, Katherine spent a few years doing R&D and systems engineering in the corporate world. Katherine lives in Brooklyn with a perfectly reasonable number of cats and in their spare time can often be found powerlifting, playing cello, or handcrafting knitted server koozies for the data center.
Sophia Le is a Partner at Modulus 7 and an expert in lifecycle emails. Her mission is to help software companies build loyal customer followings by combining the science of persuasion with marketing automation. In a past life, Sophia was a public safety spokesperson, a software project manager, and a policy researcher at the University of Colorado at Denver.
Chiu-Ki Chan is an Android developer with a passion in speaking and teaching. She has spoken at numerous conferences all over the world, and has been recognized as a Google Developer Expert for her extensive knowledge in Android. She is the co-creator of the public speaking newsletter Technically Speaking, and hopes to make the tech industry a better place by encouraging more underrepresented minorities to speak and be visible.
Allison McMillan is a software developer at Collective Idea. She's worn many hats including startup founder, community builder at the University of Michigan, and Managing Director of a national non-profit. Allison started programming at a Rail Girls workshop and is now a chapter organizer. She speaks on a variety of topics including mentorship, working remotely, and being a parent and a developer. When she's not coding, you can find her encouraging her toddler's climbing skills or pretending she has time to bake. Allison lives in the Washington, DC area.
Jamie Lee is a She Negotiates consultant and a pragmatic negotiation geek dedicated to teaching ambitious people how to negotiate with confidence and power. Earlier in her career, she negotiated on behalf of multi-million dollar enterprises and secured cost savings that directly impacted the bottom line. As a negotiation consultant and trainer, she has led workshops for Athena Center for Leadership, SIPA at Columbia University, Baystate Health, Essence Digital, Bullish Conference and more.
Angie Jones is a Senior Software Engineer in Test at Twitter who has developed automation strategies and frameworks for countless software products. As a Master Inventor, she is known for her innovative and out-of-the-box thinking style which has resulted in more than 20 patented inventions in the US and China. Angie shares her wealth of knowledge by speaking and teaching at software conferences all over the world.
Jessica Parsons has spent half her life teaching, and a quarter of it developing for the web. She now combines those passions as a developer support engineer at Netlify. Outside of her day job, she teaches workshops and develops curriculum for Girl Develop It, volunteers with OpenSMC, mentors with Write/Speak/Code, and is co-organizing Code for Good Week, a local open-source coding event. Away from a computer screen, she's baked and decorated wedding cakes, designed and sewn prize-winning garments, and taken apart and repaired all sorts of home appliances. She has even had someone dress up as *her* for Halloween! She lives in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys exploring its natural wonders with her shiba inus, Petunia and Monty.
Zeidee (pronounced Zay-Dee) means grandpa in Yiddish. She is not a grandpa but she is a Data Scientist at NBCUniversal where she pretends that Jimmy Fallon and her are co-workers and uses data to continuously improve entertainment. She's created lots of side hustles, some more successful than others, but really none of them have made her any money and she's okay with that. She graduated from the University of Florida with a BS and MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering. She lives in New York City, where she enjoys sleeping in the city that never sleeps and waking up feeling blessed to have a job that she loves.
Alex Qin is a Brooklyn based software engineer and educator. She cares deeply about access to computer science education, and about leveraging technology to create positive social change. She leads the Web Engineering Team at Skillshare, where she co-organizes Codeshare, an inclusive and intimate gathering for those interested in the intersection of code, creativity, and art. She is also the founder and lead teacher of the Code Cooperative, an open source educational program in which former inmates learn to code as a means to creating social change.
Duretti Hirpa is a senior engineer on the backend engineering team at Slack. Currently, she’s working on the growth team, which is the team that helps onboard and nurture new customers. She's also a Slack Platform alumna - where she made it easier and more intuitive to build applications on top of Slack. She’s constantly thinking of ways to humanize engineering - there’s strength in the soft skills, after all.
She’s arguably the most extroverted person she knows, and is intensely interested in other people. She produces a podcast called “snackoverflow”, about snacks, computers, and their surprising intersection. She has an undying love for Beyoncé (praise be), an immaculate gif game, and a real candy problem.
Rachel is currently a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, but is also a self-taught programmer & occasional artist. She is currently working on multiple video game projects, a VR cat cafe, and thinking about what IoT devices she can build for her two black cats. Her other interests include glitch art, 80s horror, and indie games. Her aesthetic is fog machines, laser lights, and broken VHS tapes.
Jiaqi Liu is a Software Engineer at Button. Prior to this she was a Principal Data Scientist at Capital One. While at Capital One Labs, she’s worked on a variety of rapid prototypes leveraging data science, design thinking and software engineering to improve financial wellness for consumers. She is passionate about challenges in consolidating the art, science and the engineering part of data-driven work and is excited about finding the right devops and architecture solutions for production-scale projects. Outside of work, she is active in the Women Who Code NYC chapter and often mentors at hackathons. Jiaqi holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from Columbia University with a minor in History.
Amelia Abreu is a design researcher and the founder of UX Night School. Based in Portland, Oregon, she has worked with teams at Nike, Mozilla, Microsoft Research and Intel, as well as startups and cultural organizations. She holds graduate degrees in Human Computer Interaction and Information Studies from the University of Washington and the University of Texas-Austin. Her writing has appeared in The New Inquiry, Motherboard, and Model View Culture, and she has been featured as a commentator on the BBC and Wired.
Kira Prentice is a UX designer and engineer at athenahealth in Boston. She co-founded Flawless Hacks, a 501c3-status nonprofit and hackathon in NYC dedicated to supporting women in tech. She enjoys cycling, running and getting people together to learn new things. kiraprentice.com
Kaitlin is a software engineer at Google working in Apps for Education. In an effort to create a safe and non-competitive space for women to create and explore their interests in tech, Kaitlin co-founded Flawless Hacks. Kaitlin is passionate about making knowledge accessible and enjoys sketching, reading, and doing self-defense training in her spare time.
Ronnie Chen builds and scales the core data pipelines at Slack. She is a recovering physicist and was a Sous Chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant in a previous life. She is an avid deep sea technical diver and enjoys dressing dogs up in people clothing.
Kara Carrell is a Developer by day, CommuniTechie by night, and a Queer Blaxican changemaker always. She’s an advocate for intersectional feminism, anti-blackness, and LGBTQIA Rights, through her work with United Latinx Pride. Kara teaches code-newbies of all ages with orgs like Code Platoon & Blue1647, and is committed to caring for & growing codebases that challenge the “Way Things Are”. She lives in Chicago, and is the human of the cutest dog EVAR, Sadie.
We are actively working with hotels to reserve room blocks and will be adding more as soon as they are available. Last year, some attendees arranged amongst themselves to share hotel rooms or Airbnbs on the community Slack, to which you may request an invite after ticket purchase.
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Mailchimp: More than 10 million businesses around the world use MailChimp for marketing automation and email newsletters.
Our event and its associated online spaces are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender and gender identity, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at any point during the event. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled at the discretion of the organizers.
I've had an amazing time these past few days with ~150 women developers. Can't recommend attending @WriteSpeakCode enough!— Annie Hsieh (@ankey) June 18, 2016
I'll promote @WriteSpeakCode to ALL women developers I know! Best part is being in a room of all women and unapologetically being ourselves!— Emily Stamey (@elstamey) June 18, 2016
I am in awe of the developers I’ve met @WriteSpeakCode today. Seriously!— Emily Stamey (@elstamey) June 16, 2016
Having a fabulous time @WriteSpeakCode. Honored to be a speaker & thrilled to be a part of a safe, welcoming community.— Iris Amelia 📎✊🏽 (@epubpupil) June 17, 2016
glad to see @WriteSpeakCode organizers are easily identifiable by their shiny purple sashes. CRUCIAL to enforce a code of conduct!— Cat (@cfarm) June 17, 2016
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