Computer Science Education Week and fixing tech culture

Mandy Moore, also known around the Internets as @therubyrep, is a podcast production expert, mother of orange tabbies, sucker for bad reality television, and boxed wine connoisseur. She adores her 7-year-old daughter, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and sitting around fire pits while listening to country music. She is a huge advocate for STEM education and women in technology.


Women in Security and Privacy (WISP): A security-focused initiative that offers several events around the United States. Sign up for their quarterly newsletter, and apply to volunteer on one of their committees!

December 5th to 11th is Computer Science Education Week! If you have a kid in your life, suggest they sit down and participate in the annual Hour of Code. This is my second grade daughter doing the Minecraft Module. She absolutely loved it!


False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical “News” Sources: A Google doc created by Melissa Zimdars, a communication and media professor from Merrimack College in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, specific sources have been removed until able to be expanded upon in a more permanent home. There were simply too many for her to keep up with. The doc will reflect updates as they become available. However, her tips for analyzing news sources is a good place to point people to in the meantime.

Greater Than Code Episode #010 with Jesse Pollak: Topics include citizen cybersecurity, encryption, 2FA, and putting trust into organizations who provide it.


We need new candidates to run for office, and startups can help

We want fresh faces in politics, but how to we get them? Startups can help like author, Jim Cupples of Run For Office, is helping by creating an online database of every elected office in the U.S. and providing information on how to become a candidate.

Dear JavaScript,

James Kyle lays it down for trolls and ill-meaning critics of open source software. There are no posititive outcomes for being intentionally rude to creators and maintainers; majoritively who don’t even get paid for these projects. Give feedback without being an asshole. Don’t reward angry and vile commentors by upvoting them or encouraging them. People shouldn’t have to grow thick skin to work in open source (or in any career for that matter).

Elite Worship

Chiu-Ki Chan wrote this blog post after reading an article highlighting elite worship culture in the iOS community. She talks about how lot of people’s work just doesn’t get the attention that it deserves and to combat that problem, we should share more often by pointing out good things. We should give more talks both in person and in online mediums and encourage others to do the same to make the “elite circle” so big that it’s not a thing anymore.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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Aria Stewart collected thoughts and statements from people all over the United States involved in technology and compiled them all into her recent Nodevember Keynote: “Why We Do What We Do” to share how and why they got into the programming industry,  what they love about it, what needs to be improved, and how they keep up in a constantly shifting and fast-paced community. The message is clear: we have hard problems to solve. We have to figure out not only if we can do the thing, but if we should.

Upcoming Events:

All conferences have been screened and abide by clear and strict Code of Conducts.

Black Women in Computing Conference
Friday, January 6th – Sunday, January 8th: Washington D.C.

Saturday, February 11th – Sunday, February 12th: Copenhagen, Denmark

Sustainable UX
Thursday, February 16th, 2017: Online

PyCon Pune
Thursday, February 16th – Sunday, February 19th: Pune, India

Saturday, February 18th – Sunday, February 19th: Bayamón, Puerto Rico

DevNexus 2017 – Scholarship Opportunities Available! Apply here by January 20th, 2017.
Wednesday, February 22nd – Friday, February 24th: Atlanta, Georgia

Thursday, March 2nd – Friday, March 3rd: St. Augustine, Flordia

Thursday, March 9th – Friday, March 10th: Wellington, New Zealand

RubyConf Phillipines
Thursday, March 16th – Friday, March 18th: Bohol, Phillipines

Women Techmakers Montreal
Saturday, April 8th – Sunday, April 9th: Montreal, Canada

Codeland (a CodeNewbie Conference) – Scholarship Opportunities Available! Apply here by December 25th, 2016.
Friday, April 21st — Saturday, April 22nd: New York City

Continuous Lifecycle London
Wednesday, May 17th – Friday, May 19th: London

Wednesday, May 17th – Thursday, May 25th: Portland, Oregon

Call For Proposals:

ngVikings 2017 – Closes December 10th, 2016, 11:15 EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
RubyConf Phillipines – Closes December 14th, 2016, 10:59 EST
ElixirDaze – Closes December 15th, 2016, 18:00 EST
I T.A.K.E. Unconference – Closes December 15th, 2016 , 11:50 EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
Barcelona NodeConf – Closes December 31st, 2016 18:59 EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
PyCon – Closes January 3rd, 2017
Codeland (a CodeNewbie Conference) – Closes January 8th, 2017 11:59PM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!) Submit a Talk AND/OR Apply to Become a Panelist
Women Techmakers Montreal 2017 – Closes January 15th, 2017 19:00 EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
CircleCityCon 4.0 – First Round Closes January 20th, 2017 11:59PM EST, Second Round Closes March 3rd, 2017 11:59PM EST
nz.js(con); – Closes January 22nd, 2017, 15:00 EST

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