2017 conference

Aug 23-26 // Portland, OR

Women technologists, 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.

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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.

  • Get over your Imposter Syndrome and learn to Own Your Expertise
  • Write a draft of a blog post
  • Generate a list of 20 topics you can talk or speak about
  • Write a talk proposal& receive feedback from conference organizers
  • Create slides for a talk
  • Give a tech-related talk to supportive peers & mentors
  • Learn the ins & outs of git, Github, and open source
  • Publish an open source project
  • Contribute to an existing open source project
  • Coming Soon!


  • Rebecca Miller-Webster

    Founder, Write/Speak/Code
  • Courteney Ervin

    Software Developer, NYPL
  • Neha Batra

    Software Engineer, Pivotal
  • Amy Wibowo

    Founder, Bubblesort Zines

Rebecca Miller-Webster

Founder, Write/Speak/Code

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

Software Developer, NYPL

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

Software Engineer, Pivotal Labs

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 Wibowo

Founder, Bubblesort Zines

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.


Eliot Center

1226 SW Salmon St,
Portland, OR
(503) 228-6389

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.



Sponsorship is the most effective way to recruit talented, driven women to fill key technical positions and demonstrate your commitment to the professional development of women at your organization. Read our 2017 Prospectus

The Quick Version

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.

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Our contact information will be provided to all conference participants and speakers upon registration.


  • How many people usually attend the conference?
    We normally get anywhere from 150 to 200 participants every year. We are expecting the same number this year.
  • Is there dedicated networking time for sponsors to connect with attendees?

    Sponsor representatives will get to network with attendees during lunch breaks, extended snack breaks, and conference parties.

  • Is there a sponsorship deadline for 2017?

    The deadline for sponsorship depends upon the type and level of sponsorship. To sponsor the conference & conference related events, sponsors must commit by end of July. The deadline for lanyard sponsorship is July 7. The sponsorship deadline for the local Own Your Expertise events will vary based on the local schedules.

  • My company wants to sponsor Write/Speak/Code. What do we do next?

    Check out our 2017 Sponsorship Prospectus for information on sponsorship levels and benefits then email us at sponsor@writespeakcode.com.

  • What kind of childcare and eldercare will the conference provide?

    Write/Speak/Code is proud to offer childcare and eldercare for all of our full-day events. Childcare will be available for the entire duration of the conference (4 days). In addition to noting childcare and/or eldercare on your registration when you purchase your ticket, please email info@writespeakcode.com with the following information:

    • Childcare: Age, dietary restrictions, and play/nap needs for each child.
    • Elder care: Dietary restrictions, medication schedules and any additional information we should know to provide appropriate care.

    Childcare and Eldercare will take place on the premises unless specifically instructed otherwise.

  • Will the conference provide a private lactation room for attendees?

    We will once again be offering a private Lactation Room for attendees during the conference. More information on room scheduling will be released leading up to the conference for those who request it. Please email info@writespeakcode.com.

  • Which accessibility services will be provided during the conference?

    Write/Speak/Code 2017 will be held in an ADA accessible venue. ASL interpreters and/or CART services will be made available as needed. In addition to noting your needs on your registration, please also email info@writespeakcode.com if you require other accommodations. We're happy to do whatever we can to make your experience comfortable, safe, and welcoming.

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