Recording by AlterConf - Post production by Confreaks, LLC
When we think of software some of us tend to think of general every day applications that we might use or create. We tend to think of banking websites, streaming services, calculators, spreadsheets, etc. Technology, however, has infiltrated an incredibly large amount of fields, from digital art to scientific discovery. This talk aims to explore the applications of software in less client-focused fields to open the doors to the opportunities that software provides for growth (either personal or within a community).
For nearly two years, I was a contractor for a non-profit who give resources and support to people who want to organize programming workshops for women. I was paid to do something I loved but learned the hard that it doesn’t protect you from burnout. In this talk, I want to share my burnout story from the first signals to the recovery (I’m still in that phase). By doing that, I hope it will help other activists to not burn out.
Many tech companies and individuals agree: Diversity in tech has to be one of our top priorities. However, talking about diversity, disability is often the last item on the list, or completely left out. Why is it that way? This talk will explore - the state of disability and neurodiversity in tech (as seen by a disabled, neurodivergent individual) - how tech diversity endeavours fail at disability - why tech is crucial for disabled folks - small steps anyone can take to respect disability.
Sharing my journey through the best practices, initiatives and programmes as a Recruitment Partner. I would like to primarily focus on the improvements in the recruitment and onboarding process, as well as on working for attracting tech talents from non-conventional backgrounds to thrive in the company. How did my background help me to attract the most diverse talented people in tech? What were the obstacles and learnings on the way? How can one make change in their organisation?
How do we provide collaborative and empowering experiences for marginalized people to disrupt the status quo and make the most of exciting technology whilst the web at large is filled with bad actors? We’ll talk about making considering safety implications of your platforms on marginalised users part of your process and technology which you can use to make your spaces safer.
As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, both economically and socially, technology adoption remains one of the defining factors in human progress. The proliferation of mobile phone networks has transformed communication in sub-Saharan Africa. Cell phone use has grown exponentially. Cell phones have now become pervasive. Has this accessibility brought ineludible change? and if so has it changed lives?
I have suffered from mental health issues since the age of 13, and it has therefore been an ever present companion throughout my career. One of the things I have always struggled with is feeling too deeply, and trying to help others to the detriment of myself. As I took on more leadership roles, I realised that what I had once considered a superpower was no longer sustainable. So I started practising a CBT technique taught to me by my therapist. I christened this technique “compartmentalised empathy”, and I use it to help my colleagues and mentees improve themselves within their careers, whilst still maintaining my own mental wellbeing.
The people who contribute to an OSS project are the ones shaping its future. But if you've never contributed to an Open Source project before, it can be daunting to submit your first pull request and become part of its community, especially if you're from a marginalised group. This might keep you from contributing in the first place, meaning your voice, experience, and opinions will be lost. What if you could submit a pull request with confidence, contribute your skills & experience, and become a meaningful part of a project? My talk will explain what contributing to Open Source actually means, show the (social and technical) ways in which you can contribute, and present paths to get started with your first contribution. By the end, you will know how to find a project you’re passionate about, and how you can go about improving it and the Open Source community—one contribution at a time.
I'm trans and have decided to use my chosen name and pronoun way ahead of the legal name change. For most parts, this went smoothly: colleagues and students alike adopted my new name, form of address and pronoun without notable issues. Yet, three systems keep displaying my old name to the students and the world: The University Information System used for course planning and grading, the e-learning-platform, and the official University Website. The only option open to making changes would result in changes being "automatically overwritten daily by the identity management system". Thus, infrastructure and a case of "this is the way the computer does it" puts us in a situation where we either have to have official documents and legal mail in a not-yet-legal name, or our dead names constantly being shown to people who do their best to respect our identities. In the talk, I will discuss possible workarounds as well as technical solutions/changes which would make it possible to use chosen names within technically-managed infrastructure before (or without) a legal name change.
I will talk about our our community based volunteering initiative #BIKEYGEES e.V. We believe that cycling is one of the basic building blocks of (re)gaining individual mobility for refugees and newcomers to Berlin. Women in particular need support. Many newly arrived women feel isolated in their accommodation and have to walk to get anywhere. Cycling is an obvious way to explore their new environment, particularly given the financial barriers to using public transport. Which is why we think it is important, quite apart from any inter-cultural benefits, to consider cycling as a sustainable approach to ensuring mobility and independence. Our initiative is designed to strengthen the prospects and hopes of those who have lost not just their home, but also in many ways their independence. #BIKEYGEES e.V. is a comprehensive approach that aims to share empowerment, independence, CO2-neutral transport, fresh air and exercise, joy, and mutual success stories with its volunteers and participants. Not only that, it combines physical activity, relaxation, and active and fun use of a newly acquired language. The common goal fosters a sense of community and friendship. Oh, and it’s fun. Lots of fun. For everyone involved.
They say there are two hard problems in computer science: cache invalidation, naming, and off-by-one errors. In this talk, we'll consider these problems in the context of diversity and inclusion in the CS/tech space, where they seem to get even harder: - Cache invalidation: The assumptions we make can be extremely damaging, and need to be carefully monitored and easily rejected - Naming: Names hold great power for individuals and communities, which means we have to take great responsibility for how we use and respond to them - Off-by-one errors: Individuals from marginalized groups often find themselves the odd-ones-out in their tech team/community, which undermines alleged diversity goals We'll explore these problems, and possible solutions, via recent studies, surveys, talks, and writings from the tech community. I'll share my perspective, as a female engineer with a humanities background, and you'll have time and space to share yours. Together, we'll get motivated and prepared to tackle these problems, individually and collectively, to make the tech world an easier place for everyone.