Newsletter #44: Some Systems Are Designed for Inequity

Hello Recompilers,

We just want to thank everyone who backed our Kickstarter for Community Event Planning, Second Edition. The book was successfully funded, thanks to all of you!

The 10th and final year of Open Source Bridge will be a one-day event on Friday, June 29th, 2018 at the Eliot Center in Portland, OR. Tickets are available on a sliding scale from $10-$100. And be sure to check out the the Indie Web Summit, happening at the Eliot Center Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26–27.


Dear Conference Organizers: You’re Doing Chairs Wrong. Presenting at conferences can be a nightmare if you’re even a modest skirt. Those of us already under scrutiny for our gender are left at even further disadvantage. (Rose Eveleth for Motherboard)

The Digital Divide Is Real, and it’s Systemic. Access to the internet affects every aspect of our lives—and not every community has equal access to broadband. Providers offer much slower connections to low income areas of the country. (Afi Scruggs for Belt Magazine)

Okay I Think I Maybe Understand Hackathons Now. “i’ve mentored and judged a bunch of events this year and the best ones, hands down, are the ones organized by the students themselves.” On her blog, Jenn Schiffer reports on how great it is to mentor kids in an inclusive, supportive environment.


Recompiler Episode 63: Everyone Throws Their Computers out the Window. Hosts Audrey and Christie chat about the new adaptive controller for the Xbox One, a new Spectre variant, Amazon’s facial recognition technology, and more.

Greater Than Code Episode 82: Effective Change in Communities and Cultures with Aurynn Shaw. Contempt culture is a culture in which some practices—such as using less-popular coding languages—are met with contempt. This of course alienates all the wrong people. Aurynn Shaw discusses that premise, plus why technology is political and the cultural impact of DevOps.

Conference Talk of the Week:

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

Sara Packman – The Journey Over the Intermediate Gap – PyCon 2018

“You know enough to realize that you don’t have all the skills you need yet, but it’s hard to know how to learn those skills, or even articulate what they are.”


The deadline for the HashiCorp Diversity Scholarship for HashiConf is July 1.

Upcoming Events:

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

Allied Media Conference
June 14-17, 2018, Detroit, MI

June 21-22, 2018: Atlanta, GA

Indie Web Summit
June 26-27, 2018: Portland, OR

June 28-29, 2018: Oklahoma City, OK

Open Source Bridge
June 29, 2018: Portland, OR

ACT-W Portland
July 20-21, 2018: Portland, OR

August 1-4, 2018: NYC

Write the Docs + Open Help Cincinnati
August 18-22, 2018, Cincinnati, OH

GopherCon 2018
August 27-30, 2018: Denver, CO

Affect Conf
September 6-7, 2018: Portland, OR

DevOps Days Portland 
September 11-13, 2018, Portland, OR

Call For Proposals:

Write the Docs + Open Help Cincinnati: Closes June 18

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

Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy) is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

Image credit: Photo by Dimitris Kalogeropoylos