D.C. Web Women’s Code(Her) Conference 2017 highlights and our regular weekly wrap up

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I had the privilege of attending D.C. Web Women’s Code(Her) Conference this year (2017). They set me up in private rooms at The Washington Post and I had nine brave women sit down for impromptu interviews on a variety of different topics.

The interviews include:

Designing with Purpose with Alizah Epstein:
Alizah Epstein of Epstein Creative sat down to talk to me about designing with purpose. She aims to help mission-driven organizations (nonprofit and for-profit) clearly communicate their messages, capabilities, and brands—online, on paper, or in person.

Working in Big Business as an Underrepresented Person in Tech:
This is an interview with a woman who works at bigcompany who wished to remain anonymous. We talk about what it’s like to work in a male dominated company, the importance of getting tech into young people’s hands, and why it’s important to attend conferences like Code(Her) Conference.

D.C. Web Women and Code(Her) Conference with Sibyl Edwards and Kristin Jolda:
I talked to Sibyl Edwards, President of D.C. Web Women, and Kristin Jolda, the Code(Her) Conference director about the conference and what they hoped to (and did!) accomplish!

Building Community with Ksenia Coulter:
Ksenia Coulter (a Greater Than Code fan already!) came in to talk to me about what she loves outside of programming: social dancing, and how the tech community could take notes on their community’s ways of socializing.

Celebrating Yourself with Abena Orteng-Agipong and Evie Series:
These women: Abena Orteng-Agipong and Evie Series, have a lot to be proud of and feel accomplished about! Here, I talk to them about their achievements and goals as women in tech!

Wonder Women Tech with Lisa Mae Brunson:
I was so nervous to interview Lisa Mae Brunson, the founder of Wonder Women Tech, but I did it and she was awesome.

Wonder Women Tech  produces national and international conferences that highlight, educate, and celebrate women and diversity in STEAM innovation and entrepreneurialism. Their conferences and programming offer a variety of speakers, panel discussions, coding classes, workshops, hackathons, community inclusion activities, through leadership, and other dynamic programming geared towards empowering women, girls, people of color, the underrepresented, and other diverse communities.

Hear Me Code with Shannon Turner:
My last interview was Shannon Turner of Hear Me Code. It’s a program she started in her apartment after not being taken seriously in tech where she taught other women to code, who taught other people to code, who teach other people to code! I thought it was an awesome concept.


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!

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

I’m Sorry I can’t Stop Saying Sorry” by Adina Shanholtz

“I interrupt. I’m impulsive. My school sent me to social skills therapy. Such is the nature of growing up with ADHD- navigating social conventions is a learned skill as opposed to a natural talent. However, as an adult in the professional world, I’m constantly torn between the ability to identify my social faux pas and the need to assert myself as a woman. As an example, when starting my job, I was appalled my coworkers insisted I stop apologizing as women tend to over apologize. I was at a constant and isolating loss of words as there seemed to be no way for me to communicate that proper social conventional dictates it’s necessary to acknowledge interrupting. With gained experience, this still presents a struggle to this day. I will share what I’ve learned so far, the continued work for myself and the Industry, and how we can learn to adopt those with different abilities.”

Upcoming Events:

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

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

Thursday, October 26th – Friday, October 27th: 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, D.C.

North Bay Python
Saturday, December 2nd – Sunday, December 3rd: Petaluma, CA

All Things in Moderation
Wednesday, December 6th – Thursday, December 7th: Los Angeles, CA

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

Saturday, January 6th – Sunday, January 7th: Ontario, Canada

Wonder Women Tech Global Summit
Friday, January 26th: Washington, D.C.

Call For Proposals:

QCon San Francisco
Tech Inclusion – Apply Anytime!
.NET/FRINGE/(Travel Expense Reimbursement Opportunities!)
DevRelCon London 2017 – Closes September 30th
SciPyLA 2017 – Closes September 30th
Elixir with Love – Closes October 1st (Travel Assistance Available!)
PyTexas – Closes October 5th
10th Annual Chippewa Valley Code Camp – Closes October 8th
The Machine Learning Conference – Closes October 10th
GeekCamp Singapore – Closes October 14th
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: Marie (CC BY 2.0)