Disaster response, women in stock photos, and like, stop being sexist already, ok?

The world is experiencing some scary weather right now. Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, earthquakes … we’ve got it all going on. I hope that wherever you are, you are safe.

Though I can’t physically volunteer in any of the disaster areas, I, along with my Greater Than Code panelists wanted to do something of meaning. We were fortunate enough to find Jeff Reichman, a technologist in the Houston area who founded Sketch City. Jeff took time out of his sleepless schedule to talk to us about how the Houston tech community came together to help people through Hurricane Harvey and the aftermath, the technology opportunities in disaster response, the harvey-api that they developed, and how tech devs need to be side-by-side with relief efforts, while responding to tech needs right away.

Please take a time out to listen to this very important and special episode.


Book Club! The Responsible Communication Style Guide will be partnering with the Greater Than Code podcast on October 18th! Read along with us and tweet your thoughts, opinions, and questions to @greaterthancode! Also, they will be taking questions live in their Patron-supported Slack community. Join today and opt into the #bookclub channel!

Learn coding with potatoes! Potato Pirates is a strategic card game perfect for classrooms, family days, or even game night with friends. Back it on Kickstarter! (I did!)

I Did A Thing: A Twitter bot looking for awesome things made by the people in the #QPOC community! Then, human Kara Carrell puts those things in a Tiny Letter newsletter for ease of consumption. Sign up!


From Sex Object to Gritty Woman: The Evolution of Women in Stock Photos: An interesting writeup of how stock photos have (thankfully) changed over the years in popularity. Today, in 2017, the most downloaded image of “woman” depicts one of power and independence. 

How to Recognize Burnout Before You’re Burned Out: Common work stressors, signs of burnout to watch out for, and ways to combat it.

Stop Policing How Women Speak: A brilliant piece from Amy Nguyen about the way women are more likely to be scrutinized for using “annoying speech patterns” like the word “like” and “ums” in their vocabulary. Newsflash: men do it too.


Greater Than Code 045: Sexual Assault and Project Callisto with Lynn Cyrin: In this episode Lynn Cyrin, a developer on the Project Callisto sexual assault reporting application, talks about institutional betrayal, the importance of keeping survivor information private and the technology behind the app.

Stuff Mom Never Told You: What’s Wrong with School Dress Codes? Do school dress codes actually make students more effective?

Conference Talk of the Week:

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Why it’s Essential to Demystify Technology” by Saumya Pandey

“It’s no secret that we need diversity in technology. One of the reasons people shy away from technology is because of the stereotypes that makes technology fields less relatable. As members of tech community, we need to take steps towards shattering the stereotypes and towards making technology and its study more relatable and exciting. By 2020, we would have more technology jobs than tech resources and in order to bridge that gap and get more diverse crowd like young women, interested in technology, we need to take some action. My talk will revolve around this idea of why its important to demystify technology and what are some steps we can take in that direction.”

Upcoming Events:

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

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

REST Fest: (Get 25% Off!)
Thursday, September 14th – Saturday, September 16th: Greenville, SC

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

Empire Conf:
Thursday, October 12th – Friday, October 13th: New York, NY

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

Catskills Conf:
Friday, October 13th – Sunday, October 15th: The Catskill Mountains in Olivebridge, NY

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

Keep Ruby Weird:
Friday, October 27th: Austin, TX

Friday, October 27th – Saturday, October 28th: Philadelphia, PA

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

Thursday, November 2nd – Friday, November 3rd, San Francisco, CA

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

Data 4 Black Lives:
Friday, November 17th – Sunday, November 19th: MIT: Cambridge, MA

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!)
All Things in Moderation – Closes September 15th
Wonder Woman Tech: Washington DC – Closes September 15th
StarCon – Closes September 17th
North Bay Python – Closes September 20th
Elixir with Love – Closes October 1st (Travel Assistance Available!)
Midwest PHP – Closes November 20th (Offers Travel Assistance!)
.concat() – Closes December 1st

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

Photo credit: Artur Wala (CC BY 2.0)