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DC Tech Stories Season 2 Sponsored by Optoro!
A giant thank you to Optoro for sponsoring the WHOLE Season 2 of DC Tech Stories. Optoro offers a superior end-to-end reverse logistics solution that helps retailers and brands manage, process and disposition returned and excess inventory, from first touch. Visit their website for careers, services, and stories! THANK YOU OPTORO!
Roselle Safran describes herself on twitter as ‘mother, entrepreneur, cybersecurity specialist, world traveler’. After my friend Amelia Friedman (season 1 episode 9) told me about Roselle I knew I wanted to hear her story. A background in science, blind applying for a job in whatever cyber forensics is, traveling the world, and starting her own company, Roselle seemed like a wonder woman… how did she get there, what has helped her be so successful, does she sleep?? Turns out Roselle is a pretty down to earth lady with an overwhelming urge to learn and experience. It always gives me joy to listen to how normal people get to extraordinary places... maybe that means we are all superwomen!
Today we are going to talk about Burnout, specifically for community organizers and activists in tech. Most of us know that working in technology can be an exhausting job from keeping up with the latest trends, tools, and frameworks to the incessant client who wants ONE LAST THING before the deployment. And for the people who help to run meetup groups, organize events and coordinate conferences, sometimes it can feel like the work never ends! I brought in three of the most busy and accomplished organizers in DC:
- AIGA DC President and Senior UX Designer Rica Rosario,
- Hear Me Code Founder and teacher of hundreds of women Shannon Turner, and
- AIGA DC Mentoring + Design Continuum Scholarship Fund Director and GDUSA’s Person to Watch in 2016 Dian Holton
Janice Omadeke is the founder and CEO of The Mentor Method, a social enterprise that provides curated mentor matches, connecting the next generation of tech leaders with change-making mentors at the top of their game. As a DMV native Janice knows the District - she shares her thoughts on tech, diversity, and leadership.
Jess Szmajda is the CTO of Optoro, the creator of the DC Tech Slack, and the organizer of the Joy of Programming meetup. She has a long history in tech and talks to us about how her life has changed from tech geek to CTO!
The Vinetta Project supports female founders in tech by creating unparalleled access to experts, advisors, funding sources, and a community of peers. We bring together founders, funders, and industry influencers to create a dynamic, action-oriented ecosystem. The Vinetta Project launched in DC two years ago. In that time, we have built a powerful network of 800+ tech industry influencers, worked with nearly 200 founders, and engaged over 100 investors. Contact Amelia at email@example.com for more info!
Monica Kang, founder and CEO of InnovatorsBox®, is rethinking creativity and redefining innovation in the workplace. As a creative educator, her deepest satisfactions come from seeing individuals’ untapped potentials and talents being unlocked with creativity. She profoundly believes that creativity is not merely an ideation tool, but a very way of living. And at InnovatorsBox®, the only creative education firm that teaches creativity in a tangible, practical and relatable way, Monica empowers leaders by helping them understand, embrace and practice creativity in their daily routines, regardless of their industries or job titles. This is why, over 90% of participants have expressed that taking part in her programs have changed their lives.
Women Who Code is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers by creating a global, connected community of women in technology. The organization tripled in 2013 and has grown to be one of the largest communities of women engineers in the world.
Code for DC is a Code for America Brigade located here in Washington, DC. Founded in 2012, we are a a non-partisan, non-political group of volunteer civic hackers working together to solve local issues and help people engage with the city. We host twice-monthly hacknights and other events to gather, discuss, and get stuff done. We're looking to bring people with all different skill sets together to maximize our potential. Civic hackers aren't just developers—they're journalists, lawyers, designers, and interested citizens in general. The more community participation, the better.
Byte Back transforms lives by training unemployed and underemployed adults with limited access to technology and helping them move into living-wage careers that use technology. It's one of the only organizations in the country providing all levels of tech training for free to low-tech communities. Get involved at byteback.org or by calling (202) 529-3395.
Rabinowitz is the founder of DataLensDC, where she analyzes and visualizes data to tell stories about the District. She works with clients to bring data to life through data science and visualization. Kate serves as co-captain of Code for DC, a volunteer-based civic hacking group, and co-organizer of Tech Lady Hackathon, an event series for women in DC tech.
Monica joined the Engine team as the Program Manager for Government Affairs in October 2016. In her role, Monica leads outreach in Washington DC and helps to engage and build Engine’s network around the country. Before coming to Engine, Monica was a policy analyst at the Alliance for Health Reform, a health policy non-profit started by Senator Rockefeller (D-WV), and a fundraiser at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC). Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org!
From The Organizers: "We are black software developers creating a welcoming community to grow our skills, share knowledge and help each other progress through our careers. Whether you're just starting out, or you're well along in your career, join us." Email them at blkCodeCollctive@gmail.com!
Brian T. Jacobs is a Senior Graphics Editor who designs and develops interactive maps and graphics for National Geographic Magazine. Brian uses visualization and data processing tools to create and envision custom editorial experiences for the web. He was previously a Knight-Mozilla fellow at ProPublica, where he worked on "Losing Ground", an interactive story about the slow-motion environmental catastrophe taking place in southeast Louisiana.
Joy Whitt is a Program Analyst at the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), where she works on projects and programs utilizing DC Government’s open data. In 2015, she transitioned into a career in tech while learning to code through organizations committed to teaching coding and programming to people of color and women in DC.