AdieCon 2020 Speakers

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Cynthia Tee

Opening Keynote


Over the past twenty years, Cynthia has been a software developer, partner group program manager, and VP of product across many domains: operating systems, marketplaces, consumer apps, and platforms. In 2015, she became the Executive Director of Ada Developers Academy. Under her guidance, Ada was able to triple the number of annual graduates and forge new partnerships with local tech companies. 


Cynthia has a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is an avid aerial hoop and pole dancer as well as teacher. Born and raised in the Philippines, Cynthia currently lives in North Seattle with her husband and two children.


Jeremy Flores

Measuring the Human Impact of Software Best Practices: A Story of CSS and Empathy


I’m a programmer and engineering leader in Seattle, WA. I care–very deeply–about how computers make us feel and change our relationships. My approach to both people leadership and software development is human centric, using technology as a means rather than the end. I utilize technology as a medium for human expression, building communities, and solving real-world problems.

I’m also a conference organizer, public speaker, community advocate, teacher, and fervent record collector.

An Adventurer's Guide to Networking


Elle Vargas is a Seattle native who enjoys tabletop roleplaying games, baking, gardening, and power tools. She has a degree in Printmaking and is a graduate of Ada Cohort 6. Elle is a Software Engineer at Blue Origin.

Elle Vargas

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Tehut Getahun

Improving Personal Productivity with Terminal Tricks and Unix Scripts


Tehut Getahun is C7 Adie, an Infrastructure Engineer and aspiring carpenter based in Seattle, WA.  Tehut came to tech after automating herself out of a job in her family's Montessori Preschools and has fallen in love with Systems & Infrastructure Engineering as a place in our industry where she get's to apply that whimsical saying 'technology, sufficiently advanced, is indistinguishable from magic.' Tehut interned at the Kubernetes startup, Heptio (since acquired by VMware) and has spent two years on Getty Image's Appdev-Platform team working with BASH, Python, Terraform and all things AWS.

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Lauren Lee

Beyond Software Development: Exploring Roles in Product, Technical Writing, and Developer Relations after Ada


An English teacher turned empathetic software engineer. A C8 Ada grad, Lauren interned at Amazon. She went on to be a TPM at GoDaddy and is currently a curious optimist with a passion for creating accessible content and helping developers level up their skills as a Developer Educator at Nexmo, the Vonage API.


Kaitlin Ramirez

Understanding Imposter Syndrome


Kaitlin made her great escape from FL, and started at Ada (Cohort 7) in 2017. Before Ada she thought about pursuing a career in politics or law. While working as a Staff Assistant for a United States Senator, she met many unhappy lawyers and saw many inefficiencies in law and government. Confused on what to pursue next, she stumbled across coding and fell in love.

She currently works at Getty Images as a software engineer, becoming one with C#.

Calm the F**ck down: Overcoming Negative Coder Thoughts


Amber has worked on web development teams for ten years. She is a self-taught coder with a passion for mentoring and riding bikes. She currently works as a Frontend Engineer at Highspot. 

Amber Harmon

Mentoring and You - A 360 Degree Approach to Mentoring


Severin Wiggenhorn is currently a software engineer at Convoy. Prior to that she worked at Mighty AI (acquired by Uber ATG) and interned at Amazon. Before Ada, she used to write laws, instead of code, as a lawyer for Congress.

Severin Wiggenhorn


Amy Hunter

Use Your Grit to Find Your Fit


When interviewing for an engineering position, you should be asking yourself, “Is this job right for me?” rather than “Am I right for this job?”  It can be difficult to determine if it's going to be a good fit. You’ll need to proactively get the information you need, and be aware of what you need in order to be successful. This talk will give you a framework to help determine what you're looking for in an engineering job, tips on how to make interviews more informative for you, and techniques that can make interviews feel less intimidating.


Amy Hunter is a graduate of Ada's fourth cohort and works as a software engineer at Avvo, building internal tools for developers, improving the deployment pipeline, and supporting Avvo's test, staging, and production environments. She also volunteers as a tutor and teaching assistant at Ada and loves to talk about Seattle Mariners baseball.

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Isaac Del Rosario

The Princess is in Another Document: Intro to Search Engines with ElasticSearch


Isaac Del Rosario is an immigrant Filipino trans man who works as a software engineer at Nordstrom. He is currently interested in the realm of search engines and the inner workings of how cloud infrastructure works. You might have seen him somewhere in Seattle wearing his trademark colorful outfits. In his spare time he loves helping and mentoring underrepresented folks who are entering tech, drinking bubble tea with friends, and crashing Adie hangouts of cohorts that are not his.

Triaging and Tackling Tech Debt​


Heather Persson is a software engineer at Convoy. While at Convoy, Heather has worked on everything from revenue controls to software that simplifies the workflows of freight coordinators. She is fascinated by problems that can be both deeply human and deeply technical. She is passionate about bringing more underrepresented individuals into the tech industry, technical debt, and cycling.

Heather Persson

Intro to Event-Driven Architecture


Averi is an engineer at Google focused on improving the serverless experience on Google Cloud Platform. Before Google, Averi worked as a researcher in the medical imaging field, developing image analysis software and image processing pipelines. In her spare time, she enjoys playing competitive rugby, filming with her GoPro, and hanging out in a hammock.

Averi Kitsch 

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Hack Your Brain to Be a Better Developer - with Science! 


Lauren Granger is a mobile software development engineer working on the Android and iOS versions of Amazon's flagship children's product, Freetime. They are a cohort 4 graduate of ADA, and hold a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Counseling from Antioch University Seattle. Prior to software engineering Lauren worked for housing and homelessness services organizations in Seattle.

Lauren Granger


Guinevere Saenger

Open Source and Your Career


Guinevere Saenger was a part of Ada Developers Academy Cohort 6, transitioning into tech 

from being a full-time professional pianist. Two years after graduating, Guinevere writes deployment automation tooling on the Moda platform at GitHub, and keeps GitHub’s Kubernetes infrastructure happy. She has been very active in the Kubernetes open source community and has helped write the new Kubernetes Contributor Guide as well as spoken at KubeCon on the topic of learning Kubernetes. She is @guincodes on Twitter, @guineveresaenger on GitHub, and blogs at

A resident of Ballard, Guinevere enjoys music, food, and the outdoors.

You Can Journal If You Want To


Kate is a Park Ranger and Environmental Educator turned Software Developer, who’s boring fact is that she may have matched socks on today.

Kate Pond


Amanda Casari

Ambition Looks Good on You


Amanda is an engineering manager with the Developer Relations team at Google Cloud, where she leads the engineering team focusing the developer experience for modern architectures and next-generation compute. She has worked in a breadth of cross-functional roles and engineering disciplines for the last 16 years, including data science, machine learning, complex systems and robotics. She creates projects and programs to make machine learning more approachable, most recently co-authoring the O'Reilly book, Feature Engineering for Machine Learning Principles and Techniques for Data Scientists.


Myriam Walden-Duarte

Reflecting About Reflection: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility


Myriam is a software engineer based in the Seattle area who is currently working at Redfin on the Customer Relationship Engineering team. She has a degree in Systems Engineering and is part of Ada Developers Academy Cohort 11. Myriam was born in Colombia and moved to the USA in 2016. She loves mentoring, learning new languages, salsa dancing, playing board games, and snowboarding on cold winter days.

Chloe Cota

Money, Money, Let's Talk About Money


Chloe is a Senior Engineer at Hashicorp pursuing her passion for making tools to help others build. She’s also a writer, international speaker, part-time superhero, and tabletop games designer. Her first piece of code was an 8-bit melodic rendering of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star on the Commodore64. She still misses <blink> tags. When she's not fighting for justice or snuggling her partner, you can find her sketchnotes and blogs at


Since being a member of Ada Developers Academy's inaugural cohort, Shadae Holmes established a career in front end architecture and development, with a focus in accessibility best practices. She is a passionate advocate for inclusive and diverse cultures, and works to create safer spaces for underrepresented people in tech.  

Shadae Holmes

Cohort 1

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Where Are They Now? A Conversation With Early Cohorts

Kari is an Engineering Manager at Webflow where she supports the product growth and design system teams. Kari has a passion for CS education and diversifying the technology industry. She previously worked at Ada Developers Academy as Director of Education and Technology. When she's not working or mentoring, Kari is probably having a dance party with her daughter, at the park with her dog Kylo, or writing songs about snacks.

Kari Bancroft



Kamilah Jenkins is a software engineer who graduated from Ada’s second cohort. With 4 years of experience working at startups and large companies, she is working independently while searching for her next role. She is motivated by solving problems—technical, cultural, interpersonal and is continuously grateful for the Ada community.

Kamilah Jenkins

Cohort 2

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Queer, hapa Asian Pacific Islander, non-binary writer and software engineer. Freelance writer before Ada. Built software at TUNE, PayScale, and Mighty AI (backend layer, with Python and Ruby). Currently working on infrastructure at Vulcan, Inc. In addition to *nix sleuthing, Loraine loves reading, writing, cycling, martial arts, piano, and poetry.


Cohort 3


Sarah is an environmental sociologist turned online marketer turned software engineer living in Seattle WA. Upon entering tech, she’s had the opportunity to take on a number of unique projects ranging from building skunkworks VR projects to helping build a communication platform for migrant workers. In her free time she likes to scale Seattle’s hills on her bike. She is currently working at ActBlue.

Sarah Trowbridge

Cohort 4


My name is Adriana and I was in Cohort 5 at Ada and I am currently a front-end engineer at Goldman Sachs in New York City. Ada has gave me the skills, confidence and the opportunity to make my career my own. After graduating, I worked at PNNL in Seattle with a great mentor that Ada helped set me up with. I decided to make the move to NYC and accepted a position at Carfax and very recently I moved into finance tech and am currently contracting at Goldman Sachs. With each position, I have learned more about myself and what I want to do with my career in engineering; it's been a fun and exciting ride. In my spare time, I love exploring the city, going to broadway shows, and hanging out with my puppies and husband.

Adriana Canon

Cohort 5