Jonathan Martinez

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“Really it’s a cult. They prey on the people who don’t know, who are the weakest
Who are going through the hardest time and I met a lot of people going through really, really hard time…everybody’s going through their pain or their hurt. And it just seems like Lambda is the hope for them. And then I feel bad for them because I try and tell ‘em Lambda doesn’t know shit, this is a bullshit-ass program, you should try and get out of the ISA…but by the time you actually realize that it’s bullshit you’re already X% invested in the ISA.”

Jonathan Martinez​ has 5+ years of experience as a Designer working on a wide-range of projects. He started from print to digital and pivoted to UX/UI Design. He currently works with remote agile-development agencies as a freelance consultant to maximize budgets, and save developer time with a Lean UX workflow.​

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Ahlaya Reed

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“My mom said, ‘Be happy you have a job, if they just tell you to clean up just do it. And I was like Mom you’re missing the point: nobody else is cleaning up after someone else’s dog. Nobody else in this company has cleaned up someone else’s shit.”

Ahlaya Reed is an Office Manger turned Full Time Entrepreneur. Black Activist, Old Oakland California Native. “I say what you want to say but cant”. Pro – Dont Fuck with Black Women. 

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Shannon Byrne

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“And it’s also one of these put up or shut up moments where you like ‘care so much about this’ but here we are in this situation where the company you’re at right now isn’t doing enough, isn’t aligning with your values. And we’re trying to put lipstick on a pig and make it look like we’re so generous.”

Shannon Byrne is a software engineer based out of Oakland, CA. She’s currently searching for her next position.

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What is Community Engineering?

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Kim is taking some much needed time off, so enjoy this keynote presentation from the 2017 Nodevember conference.

Since technology now literately touches almost everyone and it is no longer the playground of just a few, it isn’t economically prudent to build products and services that don’t reflect the needs and desires of large portions of the population. So it makes sense that technology communities are now focused on attracting a more inclusive and diverse membership. But how do you turn the focus into a successful plan of action? Community Engineering, which is an approach that can be used once the decision has been made pursue these kinds of community growth initiatives.

Community Engineering – Is the intentional and skillful effort of creating environments which support the sharing of common attitudes, interests, and goals in order to grow a more diverse and inclusive technology community.

Community –  a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

Engineering – to arrange, manage, or carry through by skillful or artful execution

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Jonathan Metzl

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“I think if we don’t fix the institutions people can apologize all they want, but the problem will remain. And so that’s why antiracism is important, but so is thinking about how antiracism can be a structural change in addition to making people individually more aware of the problem.”

Jonathan M. Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II professor of sociology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and director of its Center for Medicine, Health, and Society. He is the author of several books and a prominent expert on gun violence and mental illness. He hails from Kansas City, Missouri, and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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David Golumbia

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“I get to teach some students who are closer to the engineering side of things and over the years I’ve certainly taught quite a few of them. And when they talk about that they want to improve the world and make things better and you look at the kinds of education they have and the social background they’ve had, these are people who have no clue what goes on in the world. They have their own Fox News projection of the world that is highly racialized and in some cases they don’t even know how little they know.”

David Golumbia is Associate Professor of Digital Studies in the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of The Cultural Logic of Computation (2009), The Politics of Bitcoin: Software as Right-Wing Extremism (2016), and is currently working on Cyberlibertarianiasm: The False Promise of Digital Freedom.

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Cher

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“I’m also making myself center stage and I don’t wanna do that either. I just have a really loud articulate voice that people listen to. And so, I need to learn how to use that without erasing the voices of the black women that I’m trying to lift up.”

Cher is a self-taught principal software engineer at Apple and has been in tech for 15 years. She is a high school and college dropout, a mom, and passionate about mental healthcare, equitable justice and opportunity, music, and science.

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