Its all about the conferences

It’s been a hectic few weeks for us at The Recompiler. Between attending conferences on a whim, family emergencies, and for me, getting through the last few weeks of summer vacation with my 8-year-old, this has left us all drained (to put it mildly).

The good news is that we’re back, all is well, and we’ve missed you! Hopefully the good stuff we’ve got in this issue makes up for leaving you hanging for the past two weeks!

The featured photo I share today is of during one of the proudest moments in my life. I got to stand on those stairs at DevOpsDays DC as a volunteer and be recognized in front of 500 attendees. During this conference, I fell in love with conference field recording, and plan to do it at many conferences in the future.

So far, I will be at the following conferences this year:

See you there??


Why I Stopped Submitting Talks to Conferences This Year: Sarah Withee talks about personal experiences that have held her back from doing so. My takeaway is self-care. You have to know when to throw in the towel sometimes so that you’re able to take care of you.

What It’s Like to Be a Woman at a Tech Conference: We all know: IT SUCKS. This is why conference organizers need to step up and champion for the cause of getting more women and non-binary people to their conferences. It’s more fun that way, anyway. This article, while sadly true, Chloe Condon added funny pictures and memes to liven things up a bit. Check it out.


Greater Than Code Episode 039: The B-Side of Software Development with Scott HanselmanScott Hanselman talks about struggling and prevailing, instilling systems thinking values on children, and being a teacher.
Greater Than Code Episode 040: F*ck It And Be NiceJenn Schiffer and Jessica Lord stop by to talk about communication on the Internet and especially in social media. Topics covered include dealing with jerks, teaching by example and practicing restraint.

Tech Done Right Episode 016: Open Source: The Big Picture with Nadia Eghbal: The Internet runs on Open Source. Open Source runs on maintainers and contributors. Is that sustainable? Nadia Eghbal talks about her work documenting and analyzing the Open Source ecosystem. How did we get here, and how did GitHub change Open Source? Nadia answers why Open Source makes economic sense, and discusses what can make projects more sustainable (hint: it’s not just money).

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

“Changing Diversity Constructs: My Journey as a Woman in DevOps” by Soo Choi @ DevOpsDays DC, 2017

When I said we’ve been going to conferences on a whim, I’m glad I did if only for this talk alone. Soo Choi blew everyone away with this talk.

It was a deeply personal talk where Soo shared her experiences as a woman in tech. Even though she had worked for NASA and co-founded her own successful company, rampant sexism in IT and bad experiences speaking in public nearly destroyed her career. That continued to have ripples in her life until she found the DevOps community and the safe spaces it creates. Soo examines common constructs about diversity and proposes ideas to bring productive change to continue to build upon the solid foundation of inclusion we have created.

Upcoming Events:

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

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

AlterConf: New York City:
Sunday, August 20th: New York, NY

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

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

AlterConf: Austin:
Saturday, August 26th – Austin, TX 

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

Code(Her) Conference:
Friday, September 15th – Saturday, December 16th: Washington, DC

Monday, September 18th: Sandy, Utah

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

Wednesday, September 20th – Friday, September 22nd: Atlanta, GA

DevOpsDays: Kansas City:
Thursday, September 21st – Friday, September 22nd: Kansas City, KS

AlterConf: Melbourne:
Saturday, September 23rd: Melbourne, Australia

DevFest Siberia:
Saturday, September 23rd – Sunday, September 24th: Novosibirsk, Siberia

Demystifying Data Science: A Free Online Conference for Aspiring Data Scientists!
Wednesday, September 27th: Remote

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

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

Friday, October 6th – Sunday, October 8th: New York, NY

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

GDG DevFest Ukraine:
Friday, October 13th – Saturday, October 14th: Lviv, Ukraine

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

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

AlterConf: Atlanta:
Saturday, October 28th: Atlanta, GA

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

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

DevOpsDays: Madison:
Monday, October 30th – Tuesday, October 31st: Madison, WI

Kiwi Ruby:
Thursday, November 2nd – Friday, November 3rd: Wellington, NZ

AlterConf: Portland:
Saturday, November 4th, Portland, OR

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

Thursday, November 9th – Friday November 10th: Denver, CO

AlterConf: San Francisco:
Sunday, November 10th: San Francisco, CA

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

Call For Proposals:

Tech Inclusion – Apply Anytime!
.NET/FRINGE/(Travel Expense Reimbursement Opportunities!)
DevOps Days Madison – Closes August 1st
GraphQL Summit – Closes August 13th (Offers Travel Assistance!) 
NationJS – Closes August 24th
Keep Ruby Weird – Closes August 27th
Nodevember – Closes August 24th
Wonder Woman Tech: Washington DC – Closes September 15th
Elixir with Love – Closes October 1st (Travel Assistance Available!)

Do you know an upcoming conference or CFP that should be included? Email leads to

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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

Photo credit: DevOpsDays DC