Empathy, speaking in public, and becoming a podcast lover

It’s been a cold, rainy, and lazy week for me here in PA, but after the busy week I had running from appointment to appointment last week, it’s been pretty awesome to just chill at my house with my daughter and get work done. What are some of your favorite ways to de-stress after a week where your calendar literally gives you anxiety just looking at it? I for, for one, have been lighting candles and using my essential oil diffuser. LOVE IT!


Open Source Bridge: the conference for open source citizens, organized by our own Audrey Eschright, is looking for speakers! Be quick and submit! The deadline is today! The conference will take place June 20–23 in Portland, OR.

Call for Contributors for Issue 8 of The Recompiler! Issue 8 will finish our second year of publishing! To celebrate, we’re going to do a wildcard (or *) theme. That means that if there’s something you’ve been waiting to share, this is the right time for it!


In Episode 025 of Greater Than Code: MotherCoders with Tina Lee, we talked to the CEO of MotherCoders, about changing the culture around gender roles and caregiving, as well as challenging Silicon Valley elitism, sexism, and defining cultural norms.

The Frontside Podcast Episode 64: Empathetic Sales with Ginger Whalen: We all do sales whether we realize it or not. In this episode, Ginger Whalen, talks about how to be empathetic in the process.


Why to to college?: Joseph Rex talks about the age-old programmer dilemma of why or why not people should go to school for software development.

10 reasons to give at least one public talk in your life: Alberto Ballano gives 10 awesome reasons why you should have the courage to speak in public at least once. (So take that new-found confidence and inspiration, check out the CFPs below, and submit!!!)

The ultimate guide to becoming a better podcast listenerMichelle Nickolaisen couldn’t get into listening to podcasts, but now she’s an avid listener. And since I give you some awesome ones to check out every week, this is a good introduction as to why you should start, complete with a list of some cool ones to check out!

Conference Talk of the Week:

This talk is part of our “Favorite Talks” YouTube Playlist. Check it out and subscribe! 

Amelia Bedelia Learns to Code” by Kylie Stradley

Come on, who didn’t love Amelia Bedelia? I am so happy I stumbled upon this talk. Kylie talks about “silly” mistakes we all made when learning how to code, and while they’re funny now, we should be empathetic to new and struggling developers. Everyone was a beginner at one time, and often we (myself included) don’t always realize senior developers were once beginners too and made the same “silly” mistakes.

Upcoming Events:

All conferences have been screened and abide by clear and strict Codes of Conduct.

Saturday, April 1st: London, England

DjangoCon Europe –
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

Capital Go Language Conference:
Monday, April 24th – Tuesday, April 25th: Washington D.C.

Wonder Woman Tech: London
Thursday, April 27th – Friday, April 28th: London, England

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

csv,conf,v3: A community conference for data makers everywhere
Tuesday, May 2nd – Wednesday, May 3rd: Portland, Oregon

DevOpsDays Austin:
Thursday, May 4th – Friday, May 5th: Austin, Texas

!!Con: The Joy, Excitement, and Surprise of Computing
Saturday, May 6th – Sunday, May 7th: New York City

Salt Lake City DevOpsDays:
Tuesday, May 16th – Wednesday, May 17th: Salt Lake City, Utah

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

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

Friday, May 19th – Saturday, May 20th: Detroit, Michigan

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

Music City Code:
Thursday, June 1st – Saturday, June 3rd: Nashville, Tennessee

CircleCityCon 4.0:
Friday, June 9th – Sunday, June 11th: Indianapolis, Indiana

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

We RISE Women in Tech Conference:
Friday, June 23rd – Saturday, June 24th: Atlanta Georgia

Saturday, June 24th: New York City

GopherCon: The Largest Go Conference in the World
Wednesday, July 12th – Saturday, July 15th: Denver, CO

Kansas City Developer Conference:
Thursday, August 3rd – Friday, August 4th: Kansas City, Missouri

Wednesday, August 23rd – Saturday, August 26th: Portland, Oregon

All Things Open:
Monday, October 23rd – Tuesday, October 24th: Raleigh, NC

Monday, November 6th – Friday, November 10th: Malmö, Sweden

Call For Proposals:

Open Source Bridge – Closes March 31st
Code(her) Conference – Closes March 31st
7in7 Digital Nomad Conference: Closes in April
We RISE Women in Tech Conference – Closes April 01, 2017 02:59 EDT (Offers Travel Assistance!)
360|AnDev – Closes April 7th
DjangoCon – Closes April 11th, 08:00 EDT
EuRuKo – Closes April 14th
ZendCon – Closes April 14th, 11:59 UTC
NCDevCon – Closes April 14th (Offers Hotel Accommodations!)
PyCon CZ – Closes April 17th (Financial Assistance Available!)
RubyNation – Closes April 21, 2017 19:59 EDT
Write/Speak/Code – Closes April 23rd, 19:00 EDT
LISA17 – Closes April 24th, 11:50 PDT
PyCon Australia – Closes May 7th (Financial Assistance Available!)
Wonder Woman Tech – Long Beach: Closes June 1st; Washington DC: Closes September 15th

Do you know an upcoming conference or CFP that should be included? Email leads to mandy@recompilermag.com.

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Mandy Moore, also known around the Internets as @therubyrep, is a podcast production expert, mother of orange tabbies, and sucker for bad reality television. 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.