FREE SCREENING – CODE: DEBUGGING THE GENDER GAP
HOSTED BY CODECRAFT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TECHSTARS & LADYCODERS
Join us for a screening of this award-winning documentary that exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. CODE raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities code?
There will be networking and refreshments prior to the screening and a panel discussion following the film. Details and registration below.
Meet our panelists
Front End Developer, Infield Digital
For Laura, all roads led to dev. She’s had past lives in university outreach/marketing and a stint in local politics. She moved to Colorado with a job offer in her hand, unaware of how trendy Boulder and Denver were.
A voracious learner and self-starter, Laura loves the challenge and reward offered by solving complex problems, and at the end of the day, committing functional and beautiful code. Laura is working on developing accessibility standards for all of her professional and personal projects. She firmly believes that the web should be built for everyone. At her role with Infield Digital, she’s thrilled to have the opportunity to develop on enterprise-grade software for a diverse set of clients.
In her spare time, Laura researches the price points of used snowboards with hopes of hitting the slopes in the near future, she had no use for a snowboard in her native Nebraska (it’s very flat there). She also is a musician at heart, and plays anything with strings, her busking record is $190 in three hours. She loves spending time in the dynamic Denver/Boulder tech community, she hasn’t paid for coffee, beer, or teeshirts in over a year. Laura’s role models include Grace Hopper and Teddy Roosevelt.
Connect with Laura on Twitter @HelloLB
CodeCraft School of Technology Alumni
Charlotte grew up in New Jersey and moved to Colorado in the summer of 2015 after graduating from Dickinson College with a degree in psychology with a focus on the psychology of gender and sexuality. Charlotte is a graduate of CodeCraft’s full-stack web development program and is currently in pursuit of a new career opportunity.
Through her degree in psychology, Charlotte became interested in how external influences and social constructs shape each individual’s perception of themselves in relation to the world around them. As her senior thesis, she conducted independent research on how popular culture and media influence beliefs and understandings of gender and sexuality. While at CodeCraft, Charlotte used this multidisciplinary background in development of her web apps. Her final project, “Poll Arise” utilizes the MEAN stack she learned while at CodeCraft as well as the Twitter API and IBM Watson services to run a psychological analysis on a user’s tweets. The app then outputs which politicians a user is most and least similar to on the basis of personality, needs and values. She is excited to continue to develop apps that enable users to question their pre-established understanding of themselves in fun and creative ways.
In her spare time Charlotte enjoys spending time with friends and her four sisters, visiting (and volunteering) at the humane society, reading, traveling, discussing women’s issues, and meeting new people!
Co-Founder and CTO of Airstream Health
Kathy has dedicated her career to solving some of the most complex business and social challenges facing us. With more than 25 years of experience in the field of software engineering she has led several teams successfully from startup conception through rapid growth.
Kathy has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in Artificial Intelligence and User-Centered Design. Her first engineering team, 70% of which were female, architected an AI platform that protected cellphone users from fraud. This platform was used by telecom companies around the globe and still exists today as HP Fraud Management.
Kathy moved into technology leadership after joining her second tech startup in the Boston area. Her gender and ethnically diverse team focused on building highly collaborative relationships across the organization. This work later led to her founding Monster’s Product Strategy group to foster and socialize adoption of Agile development and Lean management practices.
This early experience formed her commitment to building diverse teams and the success that diverse teams can create together. She has been able to consistently grow her teams to 35%+ gender and 30%+ ethnic diversity. Kathy Keating is co-founder and CTO of Airstream Health, an early stage startup currently in the Techstars Boulder 2017 class. Airstream Health’s audacious goal is to fix health care in America. Kathy as worked at seven startups throughout her career, and Airstream Health is her second founder role.
Kathy is very active in the local Colorado tech community and has served since 2014 as the Mentor Liaison to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office for their Go Code Colorado challenge series. Kathy also serves as a technical advisor for several entrepreneurs. Kathy can be found on Twitter at @kathkeating
Jessica is a Software Engineer and lead Front End Developer at ParkiFi. A Colorado native, she grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley, attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, graduating with degrees in Tourism Resort Management, Marketing and Accounting. She began her career in the e-commerce world falling in love with analyzing and interpreting data leading her down the road to software development. She completed schooling at Turing School of Software and Design in December of 2014 and has been loving vim and command line tricks since.
Motivating women and expanding diversity in the community is extremely important to Jessica. Each week she runs the Joan Clark Society, a ladies coffee group supporting women in technology. She also mentors up and coming developers and works with LadyCoders Productions.
She is a Colorado girl at heart, and in her free time you’ll find her running around Sloans Lake, hiking with her dog Shorty and exploring the Denver food and drink scene sporting some of the best red lipstick. Fun fact, she has three citizenships and frequents the UK to visit her family and friends.
Favorite Quote: “Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” -Sam Ewing
Elaine Marino spearheads a movement championing the underrepresented in the tech industry. Specifically, she has been working in Colorado running Equili, a company creating and running diverse tech programs such as GoCode Colorado and LadyCoders. Her experience ranges from Fortune 500 advertising to Ruby on Rails software development, allowing Elaine to bring a plethora of experience to her client’s tech programs from idea, curation to execution. There is a sweet-spot where technology enhances the lives of people and communities — that is where Elaine thrives.
WHEN AND WHERE
- Thursday, February 23rd, 2017 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
- Networking from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
- Film screening from 6:15pm – 7:30pm
- Panel discussion from 7:30pm – 8:30pm
- At CodeCraft School’s Campus – 1600 Range Street, Boulder, CO
- Co-Sponsor: LadyCoders & Techstars
- Beer, non-alcoholic refreshments, pizza and light appetizers will be available throughout the evening
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