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Alter Conf Portland 2015 Schedule

June 27, 2015

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Sumana Harihareswara performs stand-up comedy that assumes you're smart. You'll laugh about the absurdities of capitalism, everyday microaggressions, and HOW DO I PEOPLE. If you've shied away from mainstream comedy because it's so often marginalizing and oppressive, you'll enjoy these observations about:
* why refusing to use Facebook is like being a vegan
* public transit and social disasters
* going through airport security while brown
* the peculiar hazards of consulting in open source, from LibreOffice templates to Richard Stallman
* and more.

Link for the apology:
http://www.harihareswara.net/sumana/2015/06/27/0

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I'm creating a sci-fi text adventure game based on "the past's idea of the future", and the ways technology has failed us. I'm focusing specifically on the experiences of women, people suffering from anxiety and depression, and the lower class. This game is partially inspired by my experience as a first generation immigrant in Silicon Valley, and partially by my love of old school sci-fi aesthetics and ideas.

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http://visualizingdisparity.com is more than a capstone project. It is a visualization tool that showcases disparity between racial and economic majority and minority groups in the US.
Completed during my final month of in-class learning at Ada Developers Academy, this project uses D3's vivid and interactive map projection, and charts, to explore the living conditions of the underserved and underrepresented in our country.

In this talk, I will discuss the key features of the Visualizing Disparity project and highlight the different technologies used to create it. I will also cover the challenges and successes that I faced as a budding Software Engineer.

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Date Posted: September 17, 2015

Selfies get a lot of flak for breeding narcissistic, self-absorbed attitudes - but I've found the opposite is even more true! When you don't look the way our culture expects, even looking in the mirror can be painful. Being different from society's unrealistic expectations in any way brings us shame, fear, self-abuse, anger, depression. We avoid looking at ourselves, which can increase self-hatred and dissonance, making us feel even more isolated. I'm fat, disabled, pierced, and tattooed; I don't even vaguely look like society expects me to look, and I've felt it all.

But many of us now have access to a magical tool; a camera at our fingertips. Turning the lens on yourself can be terrifying, but also extremely liberating. I went from studiously avoiding my own reflection to being absolutely in love with myself, one selfie at a time - and you can do the same!

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Date Posted: September 17, 2015

First there were the "unicorn" designers who code. There there were full-stack engineers who jump between front-end markup and back-end programming. Now there's the full-stack employee, who comes not only with an abundance of tech skills, but with an idealistic background and biography. Why is the tech industry so obsessed with building up mythologies around skills? And when we're looking at lifestyle more than skill, what does it really mean to be "full-stack"?

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It is incredibly difficult to find a good place to work that matches your very unique requirements. How do you interview successfully while also critically examining a company? How do you sniff out culture smells and determine if a company’s work environment will be toxic to you? How do you discern if you will thrive or drown? Examining perspectives, policies, and real-world practices on diversity, employee satisfaction, and HR is not always best done with a questions-only approach. This talk details a multi-pronged approach to interviewing successfully with potential future employers that will help you sniff out culture smells.

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Every journey starts with a first step, and "diversity in tech" conversations have been crucial in raising awareness and creating initiatives to make the industry accessible to all. In particular, closing the gender gap has become an important priority and a goal for the industry. But gender diversity efforts have been centered primarily around white women, with little attention to how gender diversity impacts women of color.

In my talk, I'll discuss how white privilege affects me as a woman of color in the industry and in diversity initiatives, as well as how the usage of the term "diversity" to loosely bring all marginalized people together without giving thought and attention to specific issues has made it harder for other groups to get much-needed visibility in their issues, and how intersectionality affects which members of marginalized groups get visibility.

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Date Posted: September 17, 2015

Working as a developer has never been "just about writing code." A new generation of activists are doing amazing work questioning who is allowed & encouraged to work in tech and how power structures are established and maintained in our field. As much as the personal is political, the old-fashioned political still is too, and companies and individuals made rich by the tech industry have been making increasingly direct monetary incursions into politics. Let's take a look at what policies & politicians our bosses, investors & clients are buying at the local and state levels. The goal isn't to shame anyone or make any calls to action but to deepen our understanding of what ways the money our labor generates for other people is going towards changing education, democracy, policing, and more.

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Date Posted: September 17, 2015

Tech entertainment spaces have been predominantly white for as long as we can remember. Videogame websites, tech shows and podcasts have been the home of homogenous voices and skin tones for the past twenty years. In this talk I want to share how we decided to disrupt things in the gaming sphere by spotlighting the work of people of color in the industry. Using our voices not only to talk about what we love but to also use it make a difference through our social justice platform called #Spawn4Good. Being unapologetically Black has never felt better.

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Date Posted: September 17, 2015

As internet infrastructure advances, its becoming more easily possible to be entirely reliant on internet communities. To meet all your friends on Tumblr, get all your news from Twitter, base your professional career off of CodeAcademy. The most interesting part to me, is building up a social network (ie: a network of humans who all relate to each other in some way) online. So I'm going describe my experience as someone who spends 99% of her time within online communities, with notes about how that intersects with my being a Trans Woman of Color, and how I would like to solve some of the problems as a web developer working on a social network (ie: a website akin to facebook. link: http://quirell.net/)

Talking points:

* Discovery and growth
* Politics, rifts, drama
* Context switching
* Identity investment, selfies
* The role of bodies
* Archiving and time based effects

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Date Posted: September 17, 2015

The 90s Riot Grrrl movement was about being loud and giving other women space to be loud. It was about creating zines and music and community as an outlet for issues women faced- many of which still prevail today. This talk applies the Riot Grrrl Manifesto to the tech industry. It looks at how the challenges of women in punk parallel to what women face in the tech industry, as well as what riot girl can teach us about being loud and unapologetic in tech. We’ll also investigate where the movement left off and where we can go from there.