Back-to-school, gentle reminders, and identity

Happy Friday, everyone! First, a little bit of news from The Recompiler:

The first article from the security issue is online and it’s called “Privacy is Hard Work”(Sponsors are still needed. Interested parties should contact 

Also, The Responsible Communication Style Guide ebooks are shipping, and the print book is coming out in two weeks, so order a copy!


MongoDB Diversity Scholarship: MongoDB is offering a scholarship for MongoDB Europe! They are seeking to provide support to members of groups who are underrepresented in the technology industry including Black, LatinX, women, people with disabilities, people from low-income backgrounds, and individuals from the LGBTQ community.


7 Things Our Work-From-Home Parents Can’t Wait for This Fall: This especially hits home for me! My little one just started third grade yesterday and I am already feeling relieved as a parent who works from home. This article is exactly what life is like in the summertime for a remote worker: Minecraft music, rounds of mac ‘n cheese, scraped knee emergencies, etc. etc. etc. Back-to-school…..and rejoice!

Her backpack is “THE GALAXY!”

You can’t be what you can’t see: Girls Who Code launches 13-book series with Penguin: Speaking of back-to-school, if you have, care, or know a child, I highly recommend gifting them these Girls Who Code books as a back-to-school treat. I got all three for about $31 on Amazon!


Greater Than Code Episode 043: The Accessibility of Board Games with Mischa Lewis-Norelle and James Edward Gray: In this episode, James Edward Gray and Mischa Lewis-Norelle join us to talk about the accessibility of board games, talk about the various different kind of games and particular challenges of each category, and offer resources for researching and picking out games.

Greater Than Code Episode 044: Lazy Perfectionism and Performative Diversity and Inclusion with Shanise Barona: In this episode, we talk to Shanise Barona about the terms “lazy perfectionism” and “performative diversity”.

Tech Done Right Episode 018: Agile UX Product Design with Yana Carstens and Jeff Patton: Agile practices help you build software. UX design helps you build the right software. Teams often struggle integrating UX design into agile practice. In this episode, Jeff Patton, author of User Story Mapping, and UX Designer Yana Carstens talk about the importance of bringing UX design together with development and how to bring your team from unconscious competence to conscious competence.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

What Is Identity?” by Janelle Klein 

“Imagine your brain’s logic is written in code. You fire up the debugger, set a breakpoint in the “Identity” class, and inspect your brain’s internal state. What are the state variables? What does the code look like? How do we fix the bugs?

In this talk, we’ll explore brand new territory — how to use software as a metaphor to understand the human brain. You’ll learn a new language of metaphorical shapes to describe the “Architecture of Identity,” then we’ll examine some of the key dysfunctions in our organizations through this lens.”

Upcoming Events:

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

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

Friday, September 15th – Saturday, December 16th: Portland, OR

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

GraphQL Summit:
Wednesday, October 25th – Thursday, October 26th: San Francisco, CA

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

Monday, November 27th – Tuesday, November 28th: Nashville, TN

Friday, December 1st: Washington, DC

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

Call For Proposals:

Tech Inclusion – Apply Anytime!
.NET/FRINGE/(Travel Expense Reimbursement Opportunities!)
Keep Ruby Weird – Closes August 27th
All Things in Moderation – Closes September 15th
Wonder Woman Tech: Washington DC – Closes September 15th
Elixir with Love – Closes October 1st (Travel Assistance Available!)
Midwest PHP – Closes November 20th (Offers Travel Assistance!) 

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

Want to hear more?

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: Pat Riley (CC BY 2.0)