2015 International Conference for
Women Software Developers *

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

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Write to change the world!

Day 1 — Thursday, March 19, 2015

Write Day is the foundation of Write/Speak/Code. Starting 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.

Write a list of topics to write or speak about and an outline and draft of one topic.
Craft a bio that best highlights your expertise — you are an expert

  • Learn

    • How to overcome imposter syndrome and rule the world
    • The source of credibility and how to establish it
    • Powerful brainstorming exercises & outlining techniques you can use again & again
    • Writing opportunities for developers & the ins and outs of technical publishing
    • Schedule
  • Do

    • Craft a bio & deliver it with confidence
    • Frame yourself as an expert
    • Generate 20+ topics you can write or speak about
    • Outline a topic with a number of reusable techniques
    • Draft a blog post & get feedback from peers and mentors
    • Speakers

Solidify your expertiseCommunicate effectivelyShare knowledge

Each day will be tailored to the experience and expertise of each attendee and will include:
  • giving and receiving feedback from peers and experts
  • talks or panels from experienced women developers
  • group and individual workshops
  • creation of a usable prototype for the day's milestones
  • a concrete, next-steps action plan

Write to Change the World Day will feature:

  • Chiu-Ki Chan is an Android developer with a passion in speaking and teaching. She has spoken at numerous conferences all over the world, and has been recognized as a Google Developer Expert for her extensive knowledge in Android. Chiu-Ki is author of several Android video courses for PluralSight. She runs her own mobile development company, producing delightful apps such as "Monkey Write" for learning Chinese writing and "Heart Collage" for snapping photos to stitch into a heart.

  • Chrys Wu is a journalist and user engagement strategist who works with businesses interested in deepening connection to their audiences through research, community-building strategy and user-centric design. She is currently Developer Advocate for The New York Times, where she leads internal and public-facing projects that advance and highlight the technology made by New York Times Developers. Chrys founded the coding and social group NYC Ruby Women and organizes Hacks/Hackers NYC. She also speaks on data journalism, online engagement and coding.

  • Corey Latislaw is a Senior Manager at Capital One, speaker at conferences all over the world, and author of the Android Activity Book, which uses test-driven development (TDD) to build apps. On the side, she runs an Android and full-stack consulting firm, Green Life Software Development. She is the founder and organizer of the Philadelphia Google Developer Group. Corey is passionate about encouraging broader participation in the computing sciences, bridging the digital divide, eating local food, communing with nature, taking photos, and living in downtown Philly.

  • Julie Steele is a Communications Director, author, public speaker, and teacher. She thinks in metaphors and finds beauty in the clear communication of ideas — both through writing and through visual media. She is co-author of Beautiful Visualization (O'Reilly 2010) and Designing Data Visualizations (O'Reilly 2011), and has published reports on everything from predictive medicine to data in fashion to the role of the Chief Data Officer. She co-teaches a course on Data Metrics and Visualization in the Design for Social Innovation program at the School for Visual Arts in New York.

  • Neha Batra is a software engineer at Floored, Inc. who works on making their 3D assets more accessible to our modelers, clients, and the public. Years ago, Neha was an energy consultant who quit and taught herself programming because “it was time.” She holds a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and enjoys confusing people as they try to trace her education/work history. Neha likes food, planning trips (and has slightly insane spreadsheets for her trips), and pronouncing GIFs how it should be : jiffs.

  • Pam Selle is a software engineer, published author, and public speaker. She develops software professionally in Philadelphia, PA and is known to appear at hackathons from time to time. She’s the author of Choosing a JavaScript Framework and several articles. For public speaking, she has spoken at local user groups and regional and national conferences on HTML5, CSS, Sass, and JavaScript. She has taught students JavaScript, HTML/CSS, Python, Ruby, and more as an instructor for GirlDevelopIT and other organizations. A passionate community builder, Pam co-organizes Philadelphia JavaScript Developers, the premier JavaScript user group in Philadelphia. She also volunteers with The Humane League and is involved in the civic hacking community.

  • Rebecca Miller-Webster is a software engineer, conference organizer, and teacher. She is the founder of Write/Speak/Code and Managing Director for thoughtbot Chicago. Rebecca has been developing software professionally for over 10 years and previously organized GORUCO. She was the founding teacher at Dev Bootcamp NYC and has taught hundreds of students software development as well as led workshops on public speaking, leadership, and oppression. Rebecca holds an Masters in Computer Science and a BA in Women and Gender Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and was named one of 7 Brillant Women in Tech by Craig Nemark, founder of Craigslist. She loves cupcakes, sea mammals, and prosecco. Rebecca lives in Oak Park, IL with her husband, black pug, and rescued havenese. And she changes her hair. A lot.

All Speakers

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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