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Tatiana Mac

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“What if we were both carpenters instead of developers or designers and we were having these types of conversations about React versus Angular versus Vue, and it was about screw driver? Is it a flat head or a Phillips? Can you imagine two carpenters going at it on Twitter: I can’t believe you use flat-head screw drivers. That’s ridiculous!”

Tatiana Mac (she/they) is an independent American designer who works directly with organisations to build clear and coherent products and design systems.

She believes the trifecta of accessibility, performance, and inclusion can work symbiotically to improve our social landscape digitally and physically. When ethically-minded, she thinks technologists can dismantle exclusionary systems in favour of community-focused, inclusive ones.

Never totally pleased with design tools, she designs in browser to bring performant, semantic, and accessible visual narratives into the web. Her current obsessions are optimising variable fonts, converting raster images into to SVGs, and recreating modernist paintings in CSS grid. When she can successfully escape vim, she finds new countries to explore (33 and counting).

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Simone Haas

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“Where are our biases? What do we have to do to get more people of color into our team and feel safe in our team. And then maybe feeling safe enough to tell us: we are feeling harm, please help us in this case. I think this is the biggest failure that they didn’t feel safe enough to tell us that they need our help. Or to trust us that we want to help or could help in this situation.”
 
Simone Haas is CEO of The Neighbourhoodie Software GmbH. After studying history and working in the publishing industry she moved to Berlin in 2015 and became a member of the CSSconf EU and JSConf EU team. Since 2018 she is curator of JSConf EU. 
 
Being a non-programming person in tech she is challenging the status quo by managing the operative business behind the code.

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Tech Is Not Neutral Ep. 7

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Today’s topic is life as an Facebook content moderators

Content warningThis story contains discussion of serious mental health issues, racism, descriptions of violent acts against people and animals, accounts of sexual harassment and post-traumatic stress disorder, and other potentially disturbing content.

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Pariss Athena

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“Let me tell you something, the day I started Black Tech Twitter, I had plenty of [white people] going: ‘What if there was a white tech twitter?” – I’m like THERE IS that’s literally the industry.”

Pariss Athena is creator of the #BlackTechTwitter hashtag and movement, proving that the “pipeline problem” in tech isn’t true and that there is an entire community of Black technologists in the industry. #BlackTechTwitter has been featured in tons of interviews, articles, tech talks and has even caught the attention of influencers from tech to Hollywood. The hashtag even pops up as a suggestion on Instagram because of how frequently it is used. Pariss was asked to speak at Twitter about hashtag and importance of paying close attention to this new found community.

Pariss is also Founder of Black Tech Pipeline (#BlackTechPipeline) which is a Slack community for #BlackTechTwitter to continue learning, collaborating and networking in amongst technologists who look like them. Along with the Slack community, there is a weekly #BlackTechPipeline newsletter full of interviews, features on different softwares and technologies, job and speaking opportunities and more.

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Sara Chipps

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“The thing that I keep coming back to is to not speak for or to make decisions or to pretend that I represent anyone that has a different experience or different affinity than I do.”

Sara Chipps, is a JavaScript developer based in NYC who has been coding since the adolescence of the web. As user number 4140, she’s been avid member of the Stack Overflow community since it was in Beta. As Director of Community there her focus is on inspiring developers to build features that appeal to all coders. Outside of Stack she is the co-founder of Jewelbots, a company focused on inspiring girls in STEM through play.

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Emily Gorcenski

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“We need to be able to talk about violence against the trans community because there is an immense amount of violence against the trans people, even white trans people. We need to be able to talk about that while also not co-opting the very specific type of violence that happens against Black trans women.”

Emily Gorcenski is a data scientist, researcher, and activist from Charlottesville, Virginia. She’s used her research and data skills to track far-right violence to push for accountability and social justice after the neo-Nazi riots in 2017. As a technologist, she believes in good technological citizenship, and is aware of the privileges and responsibilities that her position affords her. She sits on the advisory board of two university-based extremist research projects and runs First Vigil, a site tracking court cases related to far-right incidents in the United States. For these efforts, she was named to the 2018 Bitch 50 as one of the 50 most influential feminists of the year.

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