Claiming your place in tech and learning not to be a bad guy

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.


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An important online safety Twitter thread from Anna Brittain


How Rogue One Taught Me Not To Be A Bad Guy

Using Star Wars: Rogue One as a super interesting metaphor, Jamey Hampton has come to the conclusion that letting work become too secular from morality can lead developers to unintentionally doing evil, not because of ill intent, but because they haven’t successfully navigated the potential repercussions for doing the thing.

Conclusion: When we’re asked to do things that we don’t agree with, it’s okay, and sometimes even heroic to say no.

A Candid Look at Ela Conf’s Numbers

priority = childcare > swag bags

The organizers of Ela Conf give a look into their challenges and struggles in organizing the conference to help people better understand the need for financial support. They want potential sponsors to understand why they need financial support, where funds go, and the positive impact it has on the community as a whole.

Why I told my friends to stop using WhatsApp and Telegram

If you think you’re secure by using these apps, think again. Even though these apps use the Signal Protocol, there are still encryption and metadata issues that jeopardize your privacy.

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“Take Up Space: Claiming Your Place in Tech” Keynote by Adrienne Lowe from Ela Conf 2016

Minimizing, diminishing, and undermining yourself is not normal or natural. Don’t do that! It only creates another barrier of entry for yourself in the tech world. Adrienne stresses that asking for help and asking questions is the number one way to stand up for yourself and get closer to your goals. Getting answers is the only way to move forward and you shouldn’t sabotage yourself from doing great things.

Upcoming Events:

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ngVikings: The main Angular conference in the Nordics
Saturday, February 11th – Sunday, February 12th: Copenhagen, Denmark

Sustainable UX: For UX, front-end, and product people who want to make a positive impact on climate-change, social equality and inclusion.
Thursday, February 16th, 2017: Online

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

Kats Conf 2: A Functional Programming Conference
Saturday, February 18th: Dublin, Ireland

PyCaribbean: The Premier Python Event in the Caribbean
Saturday, February 18th – Sunday, February 19th: Bayamón, Puerto Rico

DevNexus 2017: Connecting developers from all over the world, providing affordable education, and promoting Open Source values
Scholarship Opportunities Available! Apply by January 20th, 2017.
Wednesday, February 22nd – Friday, February 24th: Atlanta, Georgia

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

nz.js(con);: New Zealand’s National JavaScript Conference
Thursday, March 9th – Friday, March 10th: Wellington, New Zealand

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

Render Conference: A 2-day conference for front-end developers – Scholarships Available! Apply by January 13th, 2017.
Thursday, March 30th – Friday, March 31st: Oxford, UK

DjangoCon Europe – Financial Assistance Available! Apply by January 16th, 2017.
Monday, April 3rd – Friday, April 7th: Florence, Italy

An Event Apart: Seattle – Three Days of Design, Code, and Content
Monday, April 3rd – Wednesday, April 5th: Seattle, Washington

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

Codeland (a CodeNewbie Conference)
Friday, April 21st — Saturday, April 22nd: New York City

DrupalCon – Scholarship Opportunities Available! Apply.
Monday, April 24th – Friday, April 28th: Baltimore, Maryland

Continuous Lifecycle London: DevOps, Continuous Delivery, and Containerization
Wednesday, May 17th – Friday, May 19th: London

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

Monday, May 22nd – Wednesday, May 24th: Austin, Texas

Monitorama: An Open Source Monitoring Conference & Hackathon
Monday, May 22nd – Wednesday, May 24th: Portland, Oregon

PHP[tek]: The Premier PHP Conference
Wednesday, May 24th – Friday, May 26th: Atlanta, Georgia

O’Reilly’s Fluent Conference: Building a Better Web
Monday, June 19th – Thursday, June 22nd: San Jose, California

O’Reilly’s Velocity Conference: Build Resilient Distributed Systems
Monday, June 19th – Thursday, June 22nd: San Jose, California

Write/Speak/CodeEarly Bird Tickets + BOGO Offer!! (Ends 1/15)
Wednesday, August 23rd – Saturday, August 26th: Portland, Oregon

Call For Proposals:

Women Techmakers Montreal 2017 – Closes January 15th, 2017 7:00PM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
The Women and Trans Coders Lounge at MongoDB World – Closes January 16th, 2017
ChefConf – Closes January 18th, 2017 11:50 PST
CircleCityCon 4.0 – First Round Closes January 20th, 2017 11:59PM EST, Second Round Closes March 3rd, 2017 11:59PM EST
RailsConf – Closes January 21st, 2017 1:59AM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
nz.js(con); – Closes January 22nd, 2017 3:00PM EST
Web Rebels – Closes January 29th, 2017 4:59PM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
RevolutionConf – Closes January 31st, 2017 8:05PM EST
DrupalCon – Closes February 1st, 2017 11:59PM EST
Monitorama – Closes February 1st, 2017 7:00PM EST
Twilio SIGNAL 2017 – Closes February 1st, 2017 11:59PM EST (Offers Travel Assistance!)
Wonder Woman Tech – London: Closes March 1st; Long Beach: Closes June 1st; Washington DC: Closes September 15th
7in7 Digital Nomad Conference

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