Everyone wants to make their city a stronger startup hub but forget to focus on the minority, which is set to be the majority in 2040. Graveti, is looking to be the driving force behind this. The best way to create to a more diverse and inclusive workforce and entrepreneurial community; is to focus on those from underrepresented backgrounds like people of color. Mentorship is very important but it’s a resource we lack in the Twin Cities (especially among people of color). Which is why we should focus on startups founded by people of color and help them succeed, than others are more likely to pursuit their idea and launch a startup. Many programs out there but not enough focused on entrepreneurship. Many events are ‘For Entrepreneurs’ but not run by Entrepreneurs. To make our hub stronger, let’s help entrepreneurs succeed. Let’s hire more women and people of color. Important to develop skills in the youth early on to expose them to entrepreneurship and tech, as they’re the next wave. By bringing the community together and pushing the needle, we’ll build a true land of opportunity for anyone, regardless of background. Join us!
* Graveti, is a social venture that helps create pathways of success for those from underrepresented backgrounds, with a focus on people of color (latino/as, blacks). *
Trans people frequently encounter problems obtaining insurance coverage for medically necessary healthcare. Many companies’ insurance policies have blanket exclusions for Trans healthcare. However, simply removing this Trans exclusionary language is not enough. Specific language needs to be added to insure equitable healthcare. This presentation will examine several insurance contracts and discuss the specific language that should be removed and what needs to be added along with the implications for specific examples and problem areas for Trans healthcare. How to go about making change in your organization will also be discussed, including identifying the decision makers, having the discussions, engaging allies and overcoming objections. This session is for anybody that wants to understand how their own companies' insurance plan treats Trans employee healthcare, and who wants to make it more equitable.
Women in tech already face a multitude of issues related to unconscious bias and sexism, and pregnancy and motherhood only increase the problems women face. Hear about the issues I faced as a working mother in tech, and how you can navigate your career through this potentially troubling and frustrating transition.
Until recently, I was breaking the law simply because of my age.
According to our government, people under 13 are irresponsible and can’t be trusted to freely express themselves. According to our government, people under 13 can’t be trusted to be people. I, however, have always felt strongly that while I’m not a teen, I’m still a person. And as a person, I believe that I should be free to express myself and learn.
Instead of trying to muster up a grain of care and actually teach us anything about the issue, lawmakers decided that we should just be prohibited from using the internet. Abstinence only education doesn’t work for sex education, and it won’t work for internet safety.
In this talk, I’m going to discuss the consequences of COPPA and its effect on me. I will explain how the media portrays us and how that portrayal hurts us.
If we’re not treated like we can contribute, how are we supposed to be contributing members of society when we grow up?
I feel like this talk is for everyone because it is important for everyone to understand that we’re not just kids.
The talk focuses on how to build great workplace culture told through the lens of games created today. I will show you the #1 commonality of popular titles such as Heavy Rain, Final Fantasy Series, Beyond Two Souls. We will also explore how this relates to diversity for the tech and gaming industry today.
Everyone has certain things about themselves they prefer to keep private. Though many will claim they "have nothing to hide," they are simply wrong, but for some of us maintaining privacy has higher stakes than for others. With employers more frequently requesting vast amounts of data on their employees, including requiring wearing fitness trackers, chronically ill people have even more reason to maintain as much privacy in the workplace as possible about their health and themselves. Activists also have myriad reasons to care about their privacy, but especially if they are working in a corporate environment that has ethics that run counter to their own, as activism is often unpaid labor and activists must get a paycheck from somewhere. This talk will discuss some of the good and bad policies towards privacy that my own company uses, as well as concrete ways to maintain your privacy in the workplace. If you feel comfortable sharing, I'd also love to have a discussion about your company and its policies towards privacy, so we can observe the local trend in which corporate surveillance of employees is moving.
Digital design and tech fields promote a culture of alcohol use. From the company keg, to conference open bars, and recruiter happy hours, many of our workplace perks and events use alcohol to appeal to staff or attendees. I will argue this is dangerous and misguided; a focus on alcohol excludes those who wish to stay sober, while potentially creating a more hostile environment for women, minorities, and our LGBTQ peers. We need to shift the focus of our culture to support those choosing to abstain from alcohol consumption.
I will provide attendees with solutions for shifting the focus away form alcohol at work. The session will finish with a facilitated conversation between attendees.
I have a lot of experience with this topic, as I’m approaching 18 months out of an abusive relationship with alcohol. As a sober member of our community, I have experienced the greatest success of my professional career: publishing over a dozen articles, speaking at conferences, and nearing the completion of a book on the application of psychological principles to digital design. There are no prerequisites for benefiting from this session; all levels of attendees from beginner to advanced will find value in the content and conversation. Project managers, event planners, principals, and anyone managing staff will gain awareness of the issues related to a culture of alcohol, as well as techniques that can be used to address and shift the culture.
Shibboleths are ways for members of a group to infer who belongs and who does not. They're usually an indicator of underlying issues or successes in terms of a group establishing a welcoming culture. Does that mean that shibboleths are always bad? Not necessarily! The software developer community has both good and bad ones. We'll go over both kinds in this talk and what we can do to encourage the good ones and eliminate the bad ones.
This is a presentation focused on making the IT workplace more accessible physically, as well as culturally, to both older workers and workers who need accommodations. While there can be overlap between the two groups regarding physical accommodations, it's the attitudes and assumptions that most often drive away older or disabled workers. We'll be talking about these issues as well as discussing ways to make your projects and workplace accessible to an experienced and diverse workforce.
- Considering accessibility - why it matters
- Tips for creating more accessible projects and products in the tech industry
- Gender breakdown - differences in how older female-presenting workers are treated vs. older male-presenting workers in IT
- Why older female-presenting workers often don't stay in the field: lack of support, role models, mentors, assumptions about abilities
- Advantages to hiring and retaining older workers of all genders