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Anil Dash

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Anil 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.

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Anil Dash

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Saira Rao

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Saira 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.

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Saira Rao

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#causeascene Conference San Francisco

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Bonus #causeascene Podcast @causeascenepod episode with the career coaching from @causeasceneconf San Francisco with @deadmoon, @nebrius@dshaw@seldo, and @TobiahZarlez 

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Ruby Hamad

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Ruby 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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Ruby Hamad

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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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Marcus Merrell

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Shireen Mitchell

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Shireen Mitchell is an Internet pioneer and serial founder who was born and raised in the projects of New York City, playing video games before they could be played on televisions and designing BBS boards and gopher sites prior to the Web going world wide.

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Shireen Mitchell

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