Write/Speak/Code 2016 Speakers

Keynotes

Alex Qin

Alex Qin

Shaving my head made me a better programmer and Speaker Mentoring

Alex Qin is a Brooklyn based engineer and educator. She spends a lot of time thinking about how to make programming accessible to all. During work hours, she writes code at Skillshare. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching children and adults to code with ScriptEd, Technovation, and giving talks about code, community, and accessibility. She also loves food, and spent part of last summer building a vegetable farm in Brooklyn where the Domino Sugar Factory used to be.

Annyce Davis

Annyce Davis

Say It With Video!, Speaker Mentoring, and Writing for Developers Panel

Annyce is an Android Google Developer Expert. She has been in the tech industry for over a decade and has spent the past 5 years developing applications for the Android ecosystem across multiple form factors. She is also a international conference speaker and author, sharing her knowledge of Android development with others. In addition, Annyce is active in the Washington, DC tech scene and assists with running a local meetup focused on Android development and design.

Julianna Rusakiewicz

Julianna Rusakiewicz

Communication and Collaboration: Lessons from the Performing Arts and Speaker Mentoring

Actor turned designer turned developer, I am a bootcamp graduate trying to make my way in an ever-changing and growing field. I grew up in New England and became an adult in New York City, so I yearn for the city and the woods. I primarily develop in Ruby on Rails and AngualrJS, though I am often asked to update Wordpress sites. After 15 years in the Theater scene, I accepted a position at a creative agency in Midtown Manhattan. I am constantly learning and trying new things!

Naomi Ceder

Naomi Ceder

It's not you, it's them: Reflections on being marginalized in STEM , Speaker Mentoring, Conference Organizer's Panel, and Talk Proposal Feedback

Naomi Ceder has been learning, teaching, using, and talking about Python since 2001. She is the author of the Quick Python Book, 2nd edition, the sprints organizer for PyCon, and the co-founder of Trans*Code, a UK based hack day focussing on trans issues. Having worked as an organizer in various communities for almost 20 years, Naomi is a member of the board of directors of the Python Software Foundation for 2015/2016. She speaks about her own experiences of marginalization with the hope of making the communities she loves more diverse and welcoming. In her spare time she enjoys knitting and deep philosophical conversations with her dogs.

Fureigh

Fureigh

Civic hacking: build your cred while doing good and Speaker Mentoring

Fureigh is an Oakland-based software architect who believes technology should be kind to humans and so should the state. After their 2014 Code for America fellowship reducing repeat 911 calls in Long Beach, Calif., they joined 18F, a digital strategy team transforming the federal government from the inside out. Fureigh started New York City's Drupal Ladder skill-building meetups, has taught United Nations employees how to use Git, and has spoken at conferences ranging from Open Source Bridge to Creating Change.

Coraline Ada Ehmke

Coraline Ada Ehmke

Diversity in OSS: Are We As Open As Our Code? , Speaker Mentoring, and The Broken Promise of Open Source

Coraline Ada Ehmke is a speaker, writer, teacher, open source advocate and technologist with 20 years of experience in developing apps for the web. As a founding member of Open Source 4 Women and Contributor Covenant, she works diligently to promote diversity and inclusivity in open source. Her current interests include refactoring, code analytics and artificial intelligence.

Speakers

Alex Qin

Alex Qin

Shaving my head made me a better programmer and Speaker Mentoring

Alex Qin is a Brooklyn based engineer and educator. She spends a lot of time thinking about how to make programming accessible to all. During work hours, she writes code at Skillshare. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching children and adults to code with ScriptEd, Technovation, and giving talks about code, community, and accessibility. She also loves food, and spent part of last summer building a vegetable farm in Brooklyn where the Domino Sugar Factory used to be.

Allison McMillan

Allison McMillan

BDD: Baby Driven Development and Speaker Mentoring

Allison McMillan is a software engineer. She started programming at a Rails Girls workshop and is now a chapter organizer. Allison was previously a startup founder, a community builder at the University of Michigan, and Managing Director at the Israel on Campus Coalition. She is also a new(ish) mom. Allison lives in the Washington, DC area.

Annyce Davis

Annyce Davis

Say It With Video!, Speaker Mentoring, and Writing for Developers Panel

Annyce is an Android Google Developer Expert. She has been in the tech industry for over a decade and has spent the past 5 years developing applications for the Android ecosystem across multiple form factors. She is also a international conference speaker and author, sharing her knowledge of Android development with others. In addition, Annyce is active in the Washington, DC tech scene and assists with running a local meetup focused on Android development and design.

Ashley Powell

Ashley Powell

Salary Negotiation for Women in Tech , Speaker Mentoring, and Bio Mentoring

Ashley has been in technical consulting sales for 10 years, and is the Business Development Manager for Bendyworks in Madison, WI. When not at Bendyworks, she be found at home- painting, crafting, cooking and toddler-wrangling.

Carina Zona

Carina Zona

Speaker Mentoring and Rock That Q&A: Pro Tips for Speakers, Audiences, and Hosts

Carina C. Zona is a developer, advocate, and certified sex educator. She spends a lot of time thinking about the unexpected cultural effects of our decisions as programmers. Carina is the founder of CallbackWomen, a developer evangelist for Ruby Together, and co-organizer of the We So Crafty community of techies who craft

Carol Willing

Carol Willing

Speaker Mentoring, Conference Organizer's Panel, Talk Proposal Feedback, and Introduction to Git and GitHub

Carol Willing is currently a Geek-In-Residence at Fab Lab San Diego, an active contributor to open source projects, like OpenHatch, a co-organizer of PyLadies San Diego and San Diego Python, an independent developer, and creator of Gentle Code Garden. She has served on the PyCon Program and Tutorial selection committees. She can frequently be heard saying “That’s so cool. How does it work? I would love to learn more about it.” She is inspired by nature, the arts, and math. She earned a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and an MS in Management from MIT. She has enjoyed developing software and electronics and teaching others for over 20 years and hopes to do so for at least 20 more.

Cate Huston

Cate Huston

Some Things I've Learned About Color

Cate Huston is Director of Mobile Engineering at Ride. She’s lived and worked in the UK, Australia, Canada, China and the United States, previously as an engineer at Google, an Extreme Blue intern at IBM, and a ski instructor. Cate built Show & Hide (available on iTunes), and speaks internationally on mobile development. Her writing has been published on sites as varied as Be Leaderly, Lifehacker, The Daily Beast, The Eloquent Woman and Model View Culture. She is an advisor at Glowforge, co-curates Technically Speaking, blogs at Accidentally in Code and is @catehstn on Twitter.
Catherine Dugan

Catherine Dugan

Addressing Emotional Labor in Your Tech Career and Speaker Mentoring

Catherine joined ThoughtWorks in the summer of 2015 after graduating with a Math degree from Pomona College. She identifies as mixed race and has experience facilitating discussions and workshops using a racial justice lens. She accidentally fell into software development and is particularly interested in the social implications of data security, test driven development and the inclusive potential of agile software development.

Chiu-Ki Chan

Chiu-Ki Chan

Speaker Mentoring, Writing for Developers Panel, Conference Organizer's Panel, and Talk Proposal Feedback

Chiu-Ki is an Android developer with a passion in speaking and teaching. She runs her own mobile development company, producing delightful apps such as “Monkey Write” for learning Chinese writing and 'Heart Collage' for snapping photos to stitch into a heart. When she is not writing apps, she can be found travelling the world, sometimes sightseeing, sometimes dispensing Android tips on stage at various tech conferences.

Cora Hays-Magan

Cora Hays-Magan

Getting Over the Open Source Jitters and Speaker Mentoring

An enthusiastic coder, I love the problem solving and logic in coding, along with pairing and the thrill of testing. My core knowledge base is in Javascript, Ruby, and Rails (with the required HTML/CSS and SASS to go with it). I'm also curious about Go and DevOps.

Coraline Ada Ehmke

Coraline Ada Ehmke

Diversity in OSS: Are We As Open As Our Code? , Speaker Mentoring, and The Broken Promise of Open Source

Coraline Ada Ehmke is a speaker, writer, teacher, open source advocate and technologist with 20 years of experience in developing apps for the web. As a founding member of Open Source 4 Women and Contributor Covenant, she works diligently to promote diversity and inclusivity in open source. Her current interests include refactoring, code analytics and artificial intelligence.

Dannielle Del Rosario

Dannielle Del Rosario

Addressing Emotional Labor in Your Tech Career and Speaker Mentoring

Dannielle Del Rosario is a front-end developer with Big Nerd Ranch in Atlanta. She's also a visual artist and founding member of Different Games Collective, an organization focused on making diverse and inclusive events in gaming communities. She often blogs about play and games. Her interests include travel, digital media, and pastries.

Drew Williams

Drew Williams

Writing for Developers Panel

Drew Williams is a graduate assistant at Marquette University, currently pursuing a PhD in Computational Science. She’s passionate about encouraging universal design in software development, and focuses on developing accessible mobile applications in interdisciplinary teams as part of her research. In her spare time, she enjoys blogging, hacking old toys, and writing and illustrating her own comic books.
Elle Meredith

Elle Meredith

Speaker Mentoring, Conference Organizer's Panel, and Talk Proposal Feedback

Elle has been building websites for over a decade. Since 2007, those websites have been in Ruby. She was a Ruby Australia committee member, an organiser for Ruby Conf AU 2014, and Rails Girls Sydney events. Elle is a co-organiser for GORUCO 2016 conference and Rails Camp USA East Coast. She also runs women's work jelly at the NYC office. When she is not immersed in the Ruby community, she is probably immersed in water. You can talk to her on Twitter.

Erin Obradovich

Erin Obradovich

Facilitated discussion of being a woman in a male-dominated field

Erin Obradovich, MFA, LCSW is a clinical social worker in private practice and facilitator/counselor at Dev Bootcamp Chicago. She specializes in providing collaborative, strengths-based, trauma-informed, and creative care with individuals and couples. Although Erin has professionally transitioned from the field of film and video work to the world of direct service work, she continues to integrate creative expression into her practice of therapy and workshop facilitation. As an artist and therapist, she is committed to supporting those engaged in social justice work and strives to support individuals and groups in conversations around the impacts of power, privilege and oppression. In addition to her private practice, Erin works at Dev Bootcamp Chicago, providing drop-in counseling for students and workshop facilitation.
Fureigh

Fureigh

Civic hacking: build your cred while doing good and Speaker Mentoring

Fureigh is an Oakland-based software architect who believes technology should be kind to humans and so should the state. After their 2014 Code for America fellowship reducing repeat 911 calls in Long Beach, Calif., they joined 18F, a digital strategy team transforming the federal government from the inside out. Fureigh started New York City's Drupal Ladder skill-building meetups, has taught United Nations employees how to use Git, and has spoken at conferences ranging from Open Source Bridge to Creating Change.

Heidi Waterhouse

Heidi Waterhouse

Cassandra at the Keyboard and Speaker Mentoring

Heidi is a widely experienced technical writer with an interest in writing herself out of work. She specializes in creating entire documentation suites for new companies and products in less time than you would believe possible. She speaks on topics like search-led writing, starting new documentation products, and whistleblowing as a technical writer.

Iris Amelia Febres

Iris Amelia Febres

Networking Forever, Speaker Mentoring, Writing for Developers Panel, and From Ink to Pixels: The Story within Ebooks

Iris is a digital experience designer with 5+ years experience in publishing. She loves coding and corgis.

Julianna Rusakiewicz

Julianna Rusakiewicz

Communication and Collaboration: Lessons from the Performing Arts and Speaker Mentoring

Actor turned designer turned developer, I am a bootcamp graduate trying to make my way in an ever-changing and growing field. I grew up in New England and became an adult in New York City, so I yearn for the city and the woods. I primarily develop in Ruby on Rails and AngualrJS, though I am often asked to update Wordpress sites. After 15 years in the Theater scene, I accepted a position at a creative agency in Midtown Manhattan. I am constantly learning and trying new things!

Julia Ovchinnikova

Julia Ovchinnikova

“Elemental SWOT”: Embrace your inner entrepreneur and Speaker Mentoring

Yulia is a tech entrepreneur and business coach with 20+ years marketing and business development experience in Technology, Internet and Media sectors. She currently balances consulting with early-stage technology development for mobile and web domains. Her current interests combine business coaching and strategy hacking with hands on technology. Previous experience includes marketing and social impact programs at ccTLD.RU, leading Russian Open Source Foundation, Knowledge Management Consulting for KPMG, Web Development and journalism.

Katherine Wu

Katherine Wu

Ask vs. Guess Culture Communication and Speaker Mentoring

KWu is a Ruby Agent software engineer at New Relic. Prior to New Relic, she attended Hackbright Academy and had worked at Google for 5 years in various technical support and product operations roles. A proud New Jersey native, she nevertheless fits in well in Portlandia, what with biking to work and spending weekends canning and preserving the fruits and veggies from a local farm share.

Kristina Vogt

Kristina Vogt

Creative Self-Care Workshop

Kristina Vogt, ATR, LCPC, is a psychotherapist at Live Oak, Inc. who specializes in trauma-informed practice, art therapy, mindfulness, and multicultural approaches. She provides individual, couples, and family therapy, focusing on anxiety and depression management, identity exploration, trauma, and relationship issues. Kristina also facilitates creative workshops that provide participants with a judgment-free space for reflective writing and art making. Throughout her practice, Kristina has been dedicated to serving marginalized populations and examining the power of difference and diversity within one’s self and culture. She strives to establish a trusting relationship with each individual and create a safe space for insightful reflection, creative expression, and personal growth.
LaToya Allen

LaToya Allen

Speaker Mentoring, Conference Organizer's Panel, and Talk Proposal Feedback

After growing up in Michigan, LaToya moved to Florida and dabbled in real estate before relocating to Chicago, Illinois and realizing she was meant to code. She's hugely active in the Ruby community in Chicago, working with Windy City Rails and ChicagoRuby Hack Night. She's code-obsessed and currently devoting some time to teach herself Rust. Outside of coding, she's busy taking kickboxing classes, running with motivation from her favorite app, Zombies, Run!, and taking drawing classes from a local art center.

Lauren Fitzgerald

Lauren Fitzgerald

Addressing Emotional Labor in Your Tech Career and Speaker Mentoring

Lauren Fitzgerald graduated from the University of Michigan with a Computer Science degree in 2015 and is in her first year of software consulting. She has also spent her time facilitating dialogues and workshops about race and other social justice issues in the context of her university’s writing center and Intergroup Relations Program (IGR). Other interests include dancing, environmental sustainability, and practicing languages.

Lauren Scott

Lauren Scott

Speaker Mentoring, How To Be Everything: A Look At The Way We Give Advice, and Writing for Developers Panel

Lauren is a level 18 computer mage at Braintree, poet-grammer, community organizer, and advocate for women and other underrepresented groups in technology. She keeps engaged by Co-Leading RailsBridge Chicago, serving as a RailsBridge Advisory Board member, teaching programming classes with Girl Develop It, and mentoring students and alumni at Dev Bootcamp. Lauren spends her spare time killing evil gods at the D&D table, teaching herself the ukulele, speaking out for intersectional feminism, crafting cosplay and miniatures, and perpetually getting songs from Buffy stuck in her head.

Liz Abinante

Liz Abinante

Writing Your First Ruby Gem and Speaker Mentoring

Liz Abinante lives in Portland, Oregon and works as a Senior Software Engineer at New Relic. She is infectiously enthusiastic about web development, teaching, learning, and feminism. She enjoys speaking at conferences, knitting, sewing, and a hacking away on interesting problems. Her greatest dream in life is to spend her entire day surrounded by puppies while coding. She swears she's a lot more interesting than this bio makes her sound. She's often been compared to cartoon characters due to her enomorous personality and penchant for sing/dancing her way through life.

Liz Rush

Liz Rush

Speaker Mentoring and Challenging & Democratizing Algorithm Development

Liz Rush loves talking tech & teaching code--as the Developer Evangelist for Algorithmia in Seattle, she gets to share that passion professionally. Liz has worked on development teams large and small to build web apps, experimental services, and complex data platforms. She is a graduate of Ada Developers Academy's inaugural cohort and remains active as an alumna mentor. When she's not blogging or coding, she can be found volunteering or out at live music & techno shows.

Marylou Lenhart

Marylou Lenhart

Posture for Engineers and Speaker Mentoring

Marylou has been a software engineer for over five years, and also enjoys being a Chapter Leader for Girl Develop It Pittsburgh, and a certified, insured yoga instructor. She's passionate about solving problems in the community, including those related to diversity and inclusivity. Hobbies that she has not turned into a job yet include playing video games and board games, coloring, reading, and dancing.

Naomi Ceder

Naomi Ceder

It's not you, it's them: Reflections on being marginalized in STEM , Speaker Mentoring, Conference Organizer's Panel, and Talk Proposal Feedback

Naomi Ceder has been learning, teaching, using, and talking about Python since 2001. She is the author of the Quick Python Book, 2nd edition, the sprints organizer for PyCon, and the co-founder of Trans*Code, a UK based hack day focussing on trans issues. Having worked as an organizer in various communities for almost 20 years, Naomi is a member of the board of directors of the Python Software Foundation for 2015/2016. She speaks about her own experiences of marginalization with the hope of making the communities she loves more diverse and welcoming. In her spare time she enjoys knitting and deep philosophical conversations with her dogs.

Neha Batra

Neha Batra

Speaker Mentoring and Branding is the most cringeworthy term you want to know about

Neha Batra is a software engineer at Pivotal Labs who, 3.5 years ago, was an energy consultant and quit to teach herself programming because “it was time.” She holds a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and enjoys food, planning trips (and has slightly insane spreadsheets for her trips), and pronouncing GIFs how it should be: jiffs.

Rachel Baker

Rachel Baker

OSS Mentoring

Rachel is a developer, mentor, problem-solver, open-source fangirl, and occasional speaker with 20 years experience building for the web. She is a WordPress Core Committer and co-leads the WP REST API project, in the interest of democratizing publishing. Rachel leads the tiny but mighty engineering team at Wirecutter and where the codebase is primarily PHP and JavaScript, but she uses Ruby or Bash scripting whenever she can.

Tanya Schlusser

Tanya Schlusser

Speaker Mentoring and Writing for Developers Panel

Tanya Schlusser is currently an independent consultant who uses data to drive strategic decisions, with over two decades of experience in a half dozen languages. She is an active member of the Chicago Python User's Group, Chicago's PyLadies, and has delivered over 1000 hours of data science training to students and industry analysts.

Tiffany Mikell

Tiffany Mikell

Speaker Mentoring, Conference Organizer's Panel, and Talk Proposal Feedback

Tiffany Mikell is the CEO/CTO of BSMdotCo. Tiffany has over 10 years of professional experience in technology, entrepreneurship, and education design. She began her career as Java developer and technical architect with a specialization inERP, BI, and SaaS-based solutions at Accenture, where she led a series of company-wide open source initiatives. In 2010, Tiffany founded a successful technology consulting firm to develop SaaS platforms for nonprofits and social enterprises. In 2013, she helped Dev Bootcamp launch its Chicago location and played a key role on the founding team. Her current ventures are focused on building tools for real-time, browser-based communication with a focus on adult education.

Tripta Gupta

Tripta Gupta

Give Your Code the Documentation It Deserves: How Documentation Increases Code Quality and Speaker Mentoring

I like to be at the intersection of technology, business, and creativity. I am an iOS developer and passionate about running half-marathons, supporting diversity in the workplace, and storytelling as a medium to create resonance with people.

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