Making conferences inclusive for women, parents, and people with dietary restrictions, and an armor-plated cat feeder (for fun!)

We still have copies for Issue 7: Security for sale!  We are also looking for sponsors to put those articles online. Reach out to if you or someone you know may be interested.


DevOpsDays: Portland is offering 10% off registration for Recompiler supporters, readers and listeners! Use the code RECOMPILERSUPPORTER. is PolyConf’s platinum sponsor and is offering a 70% ticket discount for women in tech. If you or someone you know could benefit from this offer, they would like to be contacted directly at 

Write/Speak/Code is doing a BOGO ticket sale this weekend! Or partner up with somebody and split the cost of a ticket. Use the code BOGOJUNE at checkout.

Working Geek: How this theater major became an engineering lead at Chef: A write-up on Nell Shamrell-Harrington that highlights her background being raised in a military family, her best advice for managing everyday work and life, and how she runs meetings with empathetic efficiency.


Getting to 50/50 women men participation: Polyconf, a very diverse conference: Along with the offer above, wrote a blog post detailing why they chose to sponsor the conference under the condition that gender diversity is at the forefront of the organizer’s minds.

Conference Childcare, Part 1: Helpful thoughts for Conference Organizers: More often these days conferences are providing childcare. Yay! But there are plenty of things to consider when making the choice to take your child with you to an event. This is a helpful article for conference organizers that will make people more likely to attend and use the childcare option.

What could be better than pizza and beer? Why you need to provide more inclusive food at your tech event: The food offered at meetings and conferences makes a huge difference in how people feel included or excluded due to dietary restrictions. This article details ways in which organizers can remedy this problem.

Furiosa’s Cat Feeder: A fun story about how one cat owner who kept geting pwned by their cat spent 20 hours armor-plating a cat feeder.


Greater Than Code Episode 037: Failure Mode with Emily Gorcenski: This episode focuses on data science, failure modes in software and democracy, and open data and open science.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

“We’re All in This Together” by Anne Nichols

A talk with the message being that regardless of tools, it’s ultimately humans who have to learn how to communicate and collaborate in order to get things done.

Upcoming Events:

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

Joy of Coding:
Friday, June 30th: Rotterdam, Netherlands

PolyConf: The Universe of Programming Languages
Friday, July 7th – Sunday, July 9th: Paris, France

An Event Apart:
Monday, July 10th – Wednesday, July 12th: Washington, D.C.

Thursday, July 13th – Friday, July 14th: Denver, CO

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

Code For Good:
Thursday, July 27th – Sunday, July 30th: Portland, OR

Non Binary in Tech:
Saturday, July 29th: London, England

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

PyCon Australia:
Thursday, August 3rd – Tuesday, August 8th: Melbourne, Australia

That Conference: Summer Camp for Geeks:
Monday, August 7th – Wednesday, August 9th: Wisconsin Dells, WI

DevOpsDays: Portland:
Wednesday, August 9th – Thursday, August 10th: Portland OR

Thursday, August 10th – Friday, August 11th: Seattle, WA

Deccan RubyConf:
Friday, August 12th: Pune, India

Sunday, August 13th – Friday, August 18th: Spokane, Washington

FOSS4G: International Conference for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial
Monday, August 14th – Saturday, August 19th: Boston, MA

Wonder Woman Tech
Friday, August 18th – Sunday August 20th: Long Beach, CA

Uptime Conf: by Code & Supply
Thursday, August 24th – Friday, August 25th: Pittsburgh, PA

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

An Event Apart:
Monday, August 28th – Wednesday, August 30th: Chicago, IL

Full Stack Fest:
Monday, September 4th – Friday, September 8th: Barcelona, Spain

try! Swift: NYC:
Tuesday, September 5th – Wednesday, September 6th: New York City, NY

Pacific Northwest PHP:
Thursday, September 7th – Saturday, September 9th: Seattle, WA

RubyConf: Columbia:
Friday, September 8th – Saturday, September 9th: Medellín, Colombia

DevOpsDays: Chicago:
Tuesday, September 12th – Thursday, September 14th: Chicago, IL

Monday, September 18th: Sandy, Utah

Twilio: SIGNAL:
Tuesday, September 19th: London, England

Wednesday, September 22nd – Friday, September 24th: Atlanta, GA

Strange Loop:
Thursday, September 28th – Saturday, September 30th: St. Louis, MO

Friday, September 29th – Saturday, September 30th: Budapest

Saturday, October 7th – Sunday, October 8th: Raleigh, NC

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

Monday, October 23rd – Thursday, October 26th: Las Vegas, NV

Sunday, October 29th – Friday, November 3rd: San Francisco, CA

An Event Apart:
Monday, October 30th – Wednesday, November 1st: San Francisco, CA

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

An Event Apart:
Monday, December 11th – Wednesday, December 13th: Denver, CO

Call For Proposals:

Tech Inclusion – Apply Anytime!
DevOpsDays Kansas City – Closes June 30th
Elixirocks – Closes June 30th
.NET/FRINGE/(Travel Expense Reimbursement Opportunities!)
GDG DevFest Ukraine 2017 – Closes July 1st (Travel Expenses Covered!)
DevFest Siberia – Closes July 1st (Travel Expenses Covered!)
Kiwi Ruby – Closes July 3rd (Travel Expenses Covered!)
GopherCon – Closes July 7th
AlterConf: Austin – Closes July 11th
PyGotham – Closes July 18th
DevOps Days Madison – Closes August 1st
Keep Ruby Weird – Closes August 27th
Wonder Woman Tech: Washington DC: Closes September 15th
Elixir with Love: Closes October 1st (Travel Assistance Available!)

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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. She is also the show manager and maintainer of Greater Than Code

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