2015 International Conference for
Women Software Developers *

March 19, 20, & 21, 2015 Pace University, New York City

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Write to Change the World!

Facilitated by Rebecca Miller-Webster

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  • Welcome, Networking, & Breakfast

  • We are not black unicorns: two years of Write/Speak/Code

    Rebecca Miller-Webster

    Write/Speak/Code began with a late night email two and a half years ago. Since then we have helped empower hundreds of women software engineers to own their expertise, speak at conferences, and contribute to open source. Let's reflect on what we've learned and where we can go.

  • You are not your Imposter Syndrome

    Neha Batra

    This is a practical approach on Imposter Syndrome, a common phenomenon among countless professionals. Let's talk about what it is, why it is, and the most important part, "what now?."

  • Own your expertise!

    Starting with the most common with the most common barrier to thought leadership — ourselves — we will tackle imposter syndrome and learn to own our expertise. By diving into your knowledge and experience, you will understand why your story is valuable to the world.

  • Find your expertise & craft a Bio

    Using fun and reusable brainstorming exercises as well as the support of your peers, we will dive into our knowledge and experience to establish our own credibility.

  • Topic generation & outlining

    Twenty topics. Five minutes. Go! With fast-paced exercises, hands-on workshops, and peer feedback, we'll generate a number of topics to write or speak about. Then, we'll explore a variety of techniques for going from idea to outline.

  • Write a blog post & peer feedback

    Write. Give Feedback. Get Feedback. Rinse. Repeat.

  • Writing for developers panel

    Chiu-Ki Chan, Pam Selle, Corey Latislaw, and Julie Steele
    Moderated by Chrys Wu

    Join a diverse group of technical editors, publishers, and authors to discuss writing for professional publishers, self- publishing, magazines, and online course.

  • Opening night party & networking

Friday, March 20, 2015

Speak to Change the World!

Facilitated by Celia La and Rachel Ober

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Code to Change the World!

Facilitated by Courteney Ervin, Julia Elman, and Vanessa Hurst

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  • Living our Open Source Values

    Coraline Ada Ehmke

    Open source is the foundation on which the modern internet economy is built. But women are significantly underrepresented in the community-- in fact, only 10% of female developers contribute to open source. In this talk we will explore why participating in open source is so important, how it can be an expression of our shared values, and discuss resources and strategies to help women navigate and thrive in this often hostile environment.

  • Finding an open source project

    We'll discover, not just how to find, open source projects, but also how to evaluate whether they are a good fit for our skills and goals.

  • Featured code project mentoring

    Carol Willing

    This year we'll have the added benefit of working with existing contributors to a handfull of projects.

  • Fork a project & run it locally existing contributors to a handfull of projects.

  • Share: How I found my open source project

  • Open source licenses

    Vanessa Hurst and Courteney Ervin
  • Code! Contribute to open source!

  • Share your contributions & what you learned

  • Owning It

    Jen Myers

    The art of being awesome.

  • Why we must Write/Speak/Code

    Rebecca Miller-Webster

    After a lot of work, we will arrive at the end of the conference. Let's reflect on why it's so important that we share our expertise with the world and leave inspired and rejuvenated!

  • Closing party & networking

We define "software developer" as anyone who has written a line of code (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby, Python, Java, whatever) and can explain what it does. Designers, E-book publishers, and beginners as well as engineers with 20 years experience have enjoyed our workshops and been inspired by each other.

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