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2022 Speakers

Presenting our awesome lineup of speakers for 2022!

Mastodon and Beyond: Connecting with the ActivityPub Open Source Community

As new devs, we’re often encouraged to join Open Source Projects, but that can be overwhelming. This talk is an introduction to the ‘Fediverse’ (Federated open source projects based on the ActivityPub protocol) – a constellation of projects with a liberatory social aspect. Although fairly unknown in the US, has a thriving and vibrant community in Europe. This talk is a guide to navigating the world of the Fediverse and finding a project that you connect with, open to less-technical folks as well.

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Aeron Roemer
They/Them

Aeron Roemer is a meticulous software developer with a visual arts/education background, and an Ada Cohort 15 member. Focus on front-end languages and frameworks with experience in full-stack development. I’m interested in solutions to technical problems around internationalization and creating a more globally accessible web.

The Power of Finding your Community within your Organization

In this keynote, you will hear from (two members of) the leadership team of the women's employee resource group (ERG) at Elastic, where they talk about the benefits, both personal and professional, of finding a community (or multiple communities!) within your organization. They will also talk you through how they went about creating the ERG and how you can use that as a starting point to create a community of your own at your organization, one where you feel like you belong.

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Apoorva Joshi
She/Her

Apoorva is currently a Senior Data Scientist on the Security Protections team at Elastic, where she works on using Machine Learning for malware detection, among other things. Prior to Elastic, she was a Research Scientist at FireEye where she applied Machine Learning to problems in Email Security. She has a diverse engineering background with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and a Master's in Computer Engineering. Apart from her job as a researcher, Apoorva is also actively involved with organizations such as Girls Who Code, Women in Cybersecurity and AnitaB.org, which champion the cause of bringing and retaining women in tech. She is also one of the co-founders of the employee resource group for women within Elastic.

Workshop: Google Cloud “choose your own adventure”

Join us for a “hands on” session to boost your Cloud skills. You will build a fully functional Cloud application of your choice, gain experience working with Google Cloud, and learn best practices all without needing a credit card.

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Averi Kitsch
She/Her

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 rugby, filming with her GoPro, and hanging out in a hammock.

AdieCon 2022 Panel (C11+) Panelist

This Life After Ada panel will include folks from Cohort 11 and later. They will discuss the process of landing a first job in tech, first promotions and job changes all while navigating the world during a pandemic. In spite of these challenges, they have laid the foundation for a strong career in tech and have a wealth of information to share.

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Beatrice Tohni
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I'm a Seattle area native who decided to take a leap of faith and follow my childhood passion for technology and coding and attend Ada Academy. After graduating from C14 and interning at Oracle, I'm now a full-time software engineer at Microsoft. Outside of work I enjoy wiggling, bicycling, and growing with my partner and our beautiful little kitten.

Ada's Corner

Join us for a fireside chat with the CEO and VP of Equity and Policy of Ada Developers Academy

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Danielle Ishem
She/Her

Danielle was born and raised in the city of Seattle. She attended Howard University in Washington D.C. and received a master’s degree in public health and public administration from the University of Washington. Danielle comes with over a decade of experience working in equity, diversity and inclusion, specifically with regards to equity in healthcare and in diversifying the healthcare workforce.

The Power of Finding your Community within your Organization

In this keynote, you will hear from (two members of) the leadership team of the women's employee resource group (ERG) at Elastic, where they talk about the benefits, both personal and professional, of finding a community (or multiple communities!) within your organization. They will also talk you through how they went about creating the ERG and how you can use that as a starting point to create a community of your own at your organization, one where you feel like you belong.

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Disha Dasgupta
She/Her

Disha is a Security Data Scientist at Elastic, where she has been working for the past year and a half as part of the Protections team. Her work is focused on detecting various types of malicious activity by developing Machine Learning (ML) models in the Elastic Stack. Prior to Elastic, Disha received her degree in Computational Social Science from Stanford University, where she focused on the applications of Data Science and ML methods towards behavioral interactions. Disha also actively works to promote women in her community, particularly women in tech, by partnering with organizations including Girls Who Code and co-founding Elastic's employee resource group for women and non-binary members.

AdieCon 2022 Panel (C1-C10) Panelist

In this panel we will dig into Life After Ada with folks from Cohorts 1 through 10. We will discuss the reality of the tech industry several years after graduating Ada, focusing on mid-career questions such as: knowing when it’s time for your next job, how to build a lasting career and growth beyond being “the Ada Intern.” C1 has been working in the industry for over 8 years now, so let’s learn from their experience!

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Elle Vargas
She/Her

Elle is a Brooklyn-based software engineer at RealSelf. She likes React better than Angular. She also likes tabletop roleplaying games, baking, reading, memes, yoga, and getting lost in green spaces.

AdieCon 2022 Panel (C1-C10) Panelist

In this panel we will dig into Life After Ada with folks from Cohorts 1 through 10. We will discuss the reality of the tech industry several years after graduating Ada, focusing on mid-career questions such as: knowing when it’s time for your next job, how to build a lasting career and growth beyond being “the Ada Intern.” C1 has been working in the industry for over 8 years now, so let’s learn from their experience!

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Janice Wilson
She/Her

Sporting a checkered background of dance, real estate law and development as well as social entrepreneurship, Janice is now a proud Adie-7. Before serving as an Engineering Manager at Smartsheet, she worked as an Software Engineer at Amazon and HashiCorp.