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Tanya DePass

Image of Tanya DePassTanya DePass is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, a non-profit organization based in Chicago, which is dedicated to better diversification of all aspects of gaming. She is a lifelong Chicagoan who loves everything about gaming, #INeedDiverseGames spawn point, who wants to make gaming better and more inclusive for everyone, the Diversity Liaison & Programming Director for the GaymerX Foundation, is a board member of Con-or-Bust which helps marginalized fans attend Sci Fi and Fantasy conventions. She’s also the editor of Game Devs and Others: Tales from the Margins, an anthology featuring stories from marginalized game developers and others adjacent to the industry. The book released on June 13th, from CRC Press.

She’s also part of Rivals of Waterdeep, a new Dungeons and Dragons show on http://twitch.tv/dnd that features all POC and some LGBTQIA cast members. She often speaks on issues of diversity, feminism, race, intersectionality & other topics at conventions. Her writing appears in Uncanny Magazine, Polygon, Vice Gaming, Waypoint, Wiscon Chronicles, Paste Games and other publications.

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All music for the #causeascene podcast is composed and produced by Chaos, Chao Pack, and Listen on SoundCloud

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Anil Dash

Image of Anil DashAnil Dash is an entrepreneur, activist and writer recognized as one of the most prominent voices advocating for a more humane, inclusive and ethical technology industry. He is the CEO of Fog Creek Software, the influential independent New York tech company revered for its history of groundbreaking products including Glitch, the friendly community where anyone can discover or create the app of their dreams.

Dash was an advisor to the Obama White House’s Office of Digital Strategy, and today advises major startups and non-profits including Medium, DonorsChoose and Project Include. He also serves as a board member for companies like Stack Overflow, the world’s largest community for computer programmers, and non-profits like the Data & Society Research Institute, which examines the impact of tech on society and culture, and the Lower East Side Girls Club, which serves girls and families in need in New York City.

Described as a “blogging pioneer” by the New Yorker, Dash has a unique presence on social media, where he’s been maintaining his Webby-recognized personal website since 1999, earning recognition and citations in sources ranging from the New York Times to the BBC to TMZ, as well as hundreds of academic papers. As a writer and artist, Dash has been a contributing editor and monthly columnist for Wired, has had his works exhibited in the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and collaborated with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on one of the most popular playlists of 2018. In 2013, Timenamed @anildash one of the best accounts on Twitter, and he is the only person ever retweeted by both Bill Gates and Prince, a succinct summarization of Dash’s interests. Dash has addressed events ranging from the Aspen Ideas Festival to SXSW, lectured at universities ranging from Harvard to NYU to Berkeley, made TV appearances on MSNBC and CNN, and guested on dozens of high-profile podcasts.

Dash is based in New York City, where he lives with his wife Alaina Browne and their son Malcolm. Dash has never played a round of golf, drank a cup of coffee, or graduated from college.

 

All music for the #causeascene podcast is composed and produced by Chaos, Chao Pack, and Listen on SoundCloud

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Saira Rao

Image of Saira RaoSaira Rao has been a Democratic party activist since she was a teenager; she cast her first vote for Bill Clinton.  But after the catastrophic November 2016 election, it was clear that the Democratic party establishment had lost touch with the people it claimed to represent. Saira has emerged as one of the country’s strongest voices for social justice, equity, and inclusion. A graduate of the University of Virginia and New York University School of Law, Saira clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia before landing a coveted position on Wall Street. Saira and her husband Shiv live in Denver with their two children, Lila and Dar, and their dog, Hector.

 

All music for the #causeascene podcast is composed and produced by Chaos, Chao Pack, and Listen on SoundCloud

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Ruby Hamad

Image of Ruby HamadRuby Hamad is a Lebanese- born writer and PhD candidate who was raised in Sydney, Australia. She has been writing about feminism and race- related issues for close to a decade, exploring commonalities in experiences and structures across societies with a history of settler-colonialism. She splits her time between Australia and the USA. 

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All music for the #causeascene podcast is composed and produced by Chaos, Chao Pack, and Listen on SoundCloud

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Marcus Merrell

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Marcus is a Staff QA Engineer at RetailMeNot, inc. He has been in QA-related jobs since 2001, having used WebDriver since its debut in 2008. Marcus is also the co-chair of the Selenium Conference Planning Committee. He’s an avid piano player, plays bass for the RetailMeNot house band the WailSharks, and enjoys life in Austin, TX with his wife and two crazy boys.

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All music for the #causeascene podcast is composed and produced by Chaos, Chao Pack, and Listen on SoundCloud