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Finally, my friend @catehstn on creating success together. #WSC2018Conf
@catehstn "What can happen when we come together to not feel alone is that we spend all our time talking about how everything is awful." --@catehstn #WSC2018Conf
So @catehstn wants to be a little bit more optimistic today.

She's telling the story of the number of test frameworks equaling the number of Senior SETs, because creating frameworks was incentivized by the ladder. #WSC2018Conf
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Next speaker is Amelia Downs of @pivotal on getting more actionable feedback. #WSC2018Conf
@pivotal Attribution is important! Kudos to Amelia for citing artists of the art she used! #WSC2018Conf
She recently became the anchor (e.g. tech lead) of her team at Pivotal. But she hadn't been on the team very long before she was picked for leadership. #WSC2018Conf
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Next speaker at #WSC2018Conf: @codermeow on mindfulness.
@codermeow Obligatory kitty picture. We can learn a lot from happy animals.

[relaxation exercise] #WSC2018Conf
[ed: this probably is a talk more like @rakshesha's that is best experienced rather than tweeted. so we'll see whether I keep going...] #WSC2018Conf
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How to onboard junior developers, by github.com/ewawrzas #wsc2018conf
Pain points: setting up dev environments, getting lost in the codebase, not knowing who to ask for help when everyone has headphones on and is heads-down.

"Why did they hire me in the first place?" and then your junior dev hides in the bathroom. #WSC2018Conf
Does it really have to be like this? No.

Have a mentor program. Make sure you have clear career ladders that reward mentorship, and tell everyone what their success criteria are. #WSC2018Conf
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And finally, we have @jennschiffer on the intersection of art and technology. #WSC2018Conf
@jennschiffer Quitting a job is like a breakup, @jennschiffer says. Someone else will paper their own narrative over your work. #WSC2018Conf
[ed: she's telling very funny puns and jokes as she goes. she's also asked some of it not to be sent outside the room so I'll abide by that] #WSC2018Conf
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Next up is Jasmin Rubinovitz from Fake Love (owned by the NYT), which does creative storytelling and experiential art/advertising projects. #WSC2018Conf
The goal is literally to create "fake love" for a brand or company by giving people temporary experiences. e.g. treadmill VR, applying Instagram-like filters by shaking a phone in water... #WSC2018Conf
She got into this by doing both art school and computer science because she wanted to do a fusion of both. #WSC2018Conf
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Next up is @chiuki on better negotiation through public speaking! #WSC2018Conf
@chiuki [ed: she has amazing hand-drawn slides]

She started freelancing after leaving her corporate job. "hire me and give me lots of money" isn't necessarily that convincing of a consulting pitch. #WSC2018Conf
She decided she was going to build her profile in order to make sure that she had a convincing presence if you searched for her name online so her clients would hire her. #WSC2018Conf
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Next up is @thathijabae on Bengali emigration data! #WSC2018Conf
@thathijabae So her family emigrated, and she grew up in the US. As a first-generation immigrant, she felt like a bridge between cultures but also isolated and not a part of either side. #WSC2018Conf
She grew up, and became a programmer because she wanted to create something with purpose. #WSC2018Conf
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Next up: @sweetpavement on ethics and inclusion at design time, not at runtime. #WSC2018Conf
@sweetpavement Starting off by taking a deep breath, because we all need it. [ed: yeah, we all do.]

Rowan is an SRE at buzzfeed, and she joined because it provided reliable journalism about things ranging from the Kardashians to Robert Muller & Black Lives Matter. #WSC2018Conf
Their engineer culture is to expect to make sure that even when we choose between doing things right and fast, the fast version is still ethical. #WSC2018Conf
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Next up is Tanya Reilly @whereistanya on "Being Glue"
Opening question "Who has felt like they didn't have the technical skills to be in the room?" [lots of hands]...

"Who has surprised themselves by doing the thing anyway?" [lots of hands]

#wsc2018conf
@whereistanya "My job has 'software engineer' in the title but I do almost no coding"

Tanya wrote 211 lines of code last year.

#wsc2018conf
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Final talk of the day at #WSC2018Conf: @hilarysk on the hidden history women and enbies in computing. "We've always been here."
@hilarysk First of all, why does diversity matter?
(1) the bottom line -- 35% more likely to outperform the market if more diverse [ed: as per data also cited by the @ZevinAssetMgmt proposal as well]
(2) Better software that meets user needs
(3) Equity/equality. #WSC2018Conf
How did programming go from clerical to cool? Originally the (human) computers at NASA were hired by attractiveness, because presumption it was secretarial/data entry work. #WSC2018Conf
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Next workshop presenter: @sailorhg on making zines. #WSC2018Conf
This is super neat and I'm having too much fun creating to tweet! #WSC2018Conf pixelbook with a zine template open and SRE intro material sketched out
Okay, here's what I have so far but I'm going to have to finish at home or maybe at work on Monday... thanks for the opportunity to do this and the tips, @sailorhg! #WSC2018Conf a partially complete zine covering my talk on SRE fundamentals
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Next up is @EventsDoctor on "passion" in coding careers. [content warning: suicide stats, depression] #WSC2018Conf
@EventsDoctor She started her career as an emergency vet and shelter vet. It's really draining, because you're seeing families and pets at their worst and it's really expensive. #WSC2018Conf
Eventually she found she couldn't do it any more. She always asked, "am I doing the right thing?" agonizing over and over again. "Hi, impostor syndrome, my name is Heather!" #WSC2018Conf
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Next up is @cattsmall on outlining, storytelling, and presenting story arcs. #WSC2018Conf
@cattsmall Stories have three components: plot, characters (beings in a story with agency/personality), and a point of view (e.g. the narrator). #WSC2018Conf
People engage more as listeners, because stories are how we communicate.

It also causes people to relate more to your message e.g. compassion for narrators and characters. #WSC2018Conf
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Over in the Explorations/Passion track of #WSC2018Conf for the rest of today, starting with @SpeechlessShow and my colleagues from Google DevRel's video studio on audience-building on YouTube. It's going to be an interactive workshop, so there may only be scattered snippets.
On the plus side, I'll probably get to tweak youtube.com/user/lizthegrey and twitch.tv/lizthegrey during this workshop to be spiffier, if I'm reading this session description correctly :) #WSC2018Conf
Claire is now leading off describing her approach to performance, and how she combines improv and education. #WSC2018Conf
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Next lightning talk up is @simpsoka on hacking jewelry. #WSC2018Conf
@simpsoka She leads part of the product management & UX org at Github. But her spare time hobby is making things. She wanted to not just make things with computers, but also with her hands. [and combining textiles and computers] #WSC2018Conf
"The electroknit 9000" allows turning images into lower resolution images and printing them on your knitting machine. #WSC2018Conf
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Next up is @mariannmicsinai of Pivotal on data science. #WSC2018Conf
@MariannMicsinai There are so many misconceptions, but fundamentally data science is the intersection of coding skills, math/statistics, and practical subject matter expertise. [ed: reminder to not use "you guys"; use gender neutral collective forms of address] #WSC2018Conf
She learned to communicate about data by presenting about economic damages to juries as a legal analyst, then moved to Wall Street. #WSC2018Conf
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The first keynote speaker of #WSC2018Conf is @MinaMarkham of Slack, on uncomfortable truths about self-acceptance!
@MinaMarkham This talk is about *truth*, not about tech. Content warnings: self-confidence, disability, and mental health #WSC2018Conf
Speaker has requested that some portions of the talk not be posted to social media and stay in the room. #WSC2018Conf
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