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Kerri Miller

Opening Keynote

Bio

Kerri Miller is a Software Developer and Team Lead based in the Pacific Northwest. She has worked at enterprise companies, international ad agencies, boutique consultancies, start-ups, mentors and teaches students. She currently is a Senior Backend Engineer at Gitlab, and also works for RubyTogether on RubyGems.org.

 

While that is all factually true, it doesn't actually describe an actual person. Kerri has an insatiable curiosity, having worked as a lighting designer, marionette puppeteer, sous chef, and farm hand. She attended college to study performance production, was once a semi-professional poker player, has strong opinions about keycaps, knows some sweet yoyo tricks, enjoys melting hot glass with a blowtorch, and spends as much time as possible with her motorcycles.  Asked to describe herself in two words, she thought a bit and replied "lackwit gadabout".

Averi Kitsch

Starting a new Open Source Project (for your Job)

So you have a great Open Source project idea, now what? In this talk, you will learn key tips on how to get company buy-in, assemble a team, and run your own Github organization. As well as different processes to consider to ensure high quality, consistent, and reliable project repos. 

 

Bio

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.

Ariana Bray

There's Levels to This S***: Problematic AI and What to Do About It

The usage and integration of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
software in our daily lives is on the rise. As engineers who want to promote equity, we
need to take a critical look at how ML/AI software is developed and used. I'll give a
quick overview of ML/AI software - what it is, and how it's used across industries. I'll tie
in "ethical AI", touching on the different components of ML/AI technology to which we
can apply an ethical lens. Finally, I'll hone in on a specific component and share my
experience with removing and acknowledging problematic data.

 

Bio

Ariana Bray is a Developer Programs Engineer at Google. She works on
Cloud AI technology, with a focus on Ethical AI and ML Fairness. She received her B.A. in Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, and worked in the nonprofit and legal fields until joining Ada's Cohort 11 in 2019. Ariana's area of interest lies at the intersection of ethics, equity, and technology. When she's not working, she can be found volunteering with/lurking around Ada, learning to do the splits, or making candles.

Sarah Trowbridge

Let’s Git Fancy! 

Git is a powerful tool that many developers use every day. Most of the time we can get by with the basic Git commands, but sometimes it’s nice to take advantage of some of its lesser-known commands, and it can make code collaboration more smooth and fun. This talk will help us unleash lesser known parts of Git via a little storytelling.

 

Bio

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.

Vera Rodriguez

The Art of Asking Questions

Knowing what to ask and how to ask the right questions takes time, takes effort, and takes communication skills. Developing these things is not an easy challenge, being part of the Ada community teaches us how to build this muscle, because for me this is like any of our body muscles… It hurts the first time we exercise it. We probably spend hours trying to elaborate on our questions or we don’t know how to start the conversation, or even what to ask. You are not alone, all of us have felt this at some point in our careers.

Bio

I am part of the Latin Community, originally from Colombia, South America. Before joining Ada Developers I worked for 6 years in finance and supply chain. I have managed different teams, growing it, and contributing to each member’s improvement of their financial knowledge and career growth. I also have led recycling projects by facilitating communication and involving a large number of people. In addition, I have dedicated some of my free time teaching MS Excel to adults and Spanish for kids.
 

Mississippi Brennan

Maria: Using Machine Learning to Match Missing women to unidentified victims

I built a tool called Maria, who takes in databases of missing women and unidentified women and finds possible matches  by using some easy to understand machine learning techniques. 

This tool was built using Google Colab, and is meant to show that machine learning is accessible, easy and more than likely many of us are already doing it in our work.

Bio

Mississippi is a graduate of Ada cohort c9, and now works for Blue Origin in Engineering Data Management as a software developer. As a witness to violence enacted against women and children in situations of human trafficking, she feels compelled to help balance the scales and create a safer, more equitable and more just world. This was the inspiration for creating the tool Maria, which helps match missing women to unidentified victims of violence. She hopes one day soon to expand the tool to incorporate the databases of migrants who went missing crossing the US - Mexico border, and other borders around the world.

Majorie Etienne

Redefining Mentorship

My recent experiences with mentorship have made me realize that the old definition of mentorship is just that, old. Let’s redefine mentorship to help both mentors and mentees get the most out of their time together.

Bio

Marjorie Etienne is a current Adie in Cohort 14. She believes there is always something she can learn from everyone she meets, and believes in the power of transparency. Marjorie also enjoys learning languages and traveling. She hopes to become another gateway into tech for other underrepresented groups in the tech industry.

Kat Perreira

Becoming an Accessibility Advocate: Creating Awareness and Incorporating Inclusive Design

Building accessible spaces online is crucial for connection and communication. It is important to build environments for everyone, regardless of hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, or disability status. 

 

Bio

Born and raised in Hawaii, Kat developed a deep connection to her native Hawaiian culture and a strong interest in science, math, and technology. After working for a number of years in undergraduate research and education, Kat made the decision to switch careers from biology to software development. She is currently working as a Software Engineer at Highspot, where she indulges in her love of Frontend technologies and works hard to help foster empathy and inclusion in tech.

Maria Terekhina

Becoming an Accessibility Advocate: Creating Awareness and Incorporating Inclusive Design

Building accessible spaces online is crucial for connection and communication. It is important to build environments for everyone, regardless of hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, or disability status. 

 

Bio

Maria is a front-end engineer at Highspot with 6+ years of web development experience and 16+ years of programming experience. She believes that one of the most important qualities to be a successful engineer and a team member is empathy towards your colleagues and end-users.

Severin Wiggenhorn

Identifying and Leveraging Milestones of Technical Growth

Technical growth often feels invisible from day to day. And it’s all too easy in the constant bustle and forward looking nature of work, to forget to reflect and notice your own progress. This is made harder because what constitutes technical growth and progress is often hard to articulate and identify.

With some concrete examples of technical milestones, you can develop your own mental model for identifying technical growth in yourself and others. Additionally, learn how to use those milestones to advance your career and improve your skills as a mentor.

Bio

Severin Wiggenhorn is currently a software engineer at Hashicorp. Prior to that she worked at Seattle-based startups Convoy and 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.

Lauren Granger

Level-up Your React Native Apps with Custom Modules

Have you read the React Native documentation and searched through community packages, but you can’t find just what you’re looking for? Native Modules are here for you! This talk will cover what they are, and then do a demo implementing an Android and an iOS Native Module into a single React Native app.

Bio

Lauren is an Ada cohort 4 grad who has been working as a mobile software developer for the past 4 years. They grew up in the Seattle area and love to spend their time cooking, hiking with their dog, or traveling in their self-converted camper-van, or tinkering with 3D prints, knitting, sewing, or raspberry pi projects.

Jeremy Modjeska

Managing Up: Self-Advocacy & Engaging Your Leadership Structure

Jeremy will be sharing his expertise as a keynote speaker from our wonderful platinum sponsor: Highspot.

Bio

Jeremy is an experienced leader of high-performing, inclusive teams, and a long-time sponsor and partner of Ada. He is Vice President of Engineering Operations & Reliability at Highspot, the highest user-rated sales enablement platform, and an award-winning workplace recognized by Glassdoor, LinkedIn, and Comparably. Highspot was recently honored with three Comparably awards, including Best Company for Women. Jeremy writes and speaks publicly on the topics of allyship, mentorship, and practical strategies for building inclusive and diverse engineering teams.

Amira Hailemariam

The Many Hats of an Engineer

Your title may be "Software Engineer" but the job is so much more than that. Amira will be speaking as a keynote speaker for our incredible platinum sponsor: ActBlue ATS.

Bio

Amira is a Software Engineer currently working for ActBlue ATS. Before joining Ada's third cohort, she worked briefly as a graphic designer and credited her coding skills to Neopets. Her technical career spans companies as large as Amazon to startups you'll never hear of. When she's not at her keyboard, she fills her time training for a non-existent grandma triathlon by sewing, knitting, and baking.

Andrea Gagliano

Don't Kill My Script!

We’ve all had those days when a colleague says something that doesn’t land well. Especially when in a room of team members that don’t look like ourselves, these comments can be incredibly discouraging. How can we turn these moments into growth opportunities? How can we stick true to ourselves, our personality, our ‘script’? 

Bio

Andrea Gagliano, Senior Manager, Head of Data Science at Getty Images leads the team responsible for improving visual search. Andrea believes in the power of machine learning to support and improve creative experiences. In her work, she educates data scientists, engineers, product designers, and business leaders on building ethical data products. Andrea's graduate studies were at UC Berkeley where she researched machine learning and creativity. She is from our wonderful platinum sponsoring company Getty Images as one of our keynote speakers.

Adiecon speakers

workshops

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PYTHON AND FLASK

Starting with C15, Ada Developer Academy’s curriculum is moving to teach Python and Flask! This workshop will teach you enough Python and Flask so that you can TA for C15 “good enough.”

Bio

Simon Del Rosario (he/they) is lead instructor at Ada Developers Academy. Simon likes cats, cute stationery, and JavaScript.

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CAREER DEVELOPMENT

During Ada it feels like all you can think about is graduation, but it turns out graduating is just the beginning of your career. Facing the world of possibilities for your advancement it can be overwhelming to contemplate. This workshop will focus on giving you tools and strategies for short and long term career planning to help break out of that lock. Come prepared to think about what you want from your career, what you value in your career and workplace, and what motivates you. You’ll leave with the beginnings of a career plan, and the tools to help you refine it.

Bio

Chloe is a Senior Engineer and Team Lead for Product Delivery at HashiCorp, pursuing her passion for making tools to help others build. She’s also a writer, ethicist, 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 dreams of making the world a better, kinder, and more collaborative place.

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PARENTAL SUPPORT AND COVID

This is an opportunity to share stories, vulnerabilities, and techniques for managing home life, parenting, and homeschooling while remote thru different stages of the Adie experience (classroom, internship, full-time employment, job search.

Bio

Born and raised in Hawaii, Kat developed a deep connection to her native Hawaiian culture and a strong interest in science, math, and technology. After working for a number of years in undergraduate research and education, Kat made the decision to switch careers from biology to software development. She is currently working as a Software Engineer at Highspot, where she indulges in her love of Frontend technologies and works hard to help foster empathy and inclusion in tech.

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OPENSOURCE COMMUNITIES

During this follow-along workshop we will explore ways of overcoming the most common obstacles to becoming a FOSS contributor, helping you choose, find, build, and join an open source project in real time.

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Guinevere is a Cohort 6 Ada graduate and now works as a Software Engineer at GitHub where she writes deployment automation tooling for all kinds of services running on all sorts of infrastructure backends.She has been very active in the Kubernetes open source community and has helped with contributor onboarding and providing resources for learning Kubernetes. Guinevere was Release Lead for the 1.17 Kubernetes release. A resident of Seattle, Guinevere enjoys music, food, and the outdoors.

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Kendall is an Upstream Developer Advocate at the OpenStack Foundation based in Seattle, WA. She first started working on OpenStack in 2015 and Kubernetes in 2019 and is still actively involved in both projects. When she is not evangelizing about the awesomeness of OpenStack, bringing people into the community, binding open source communities together, or working to make upstream development in open source a friendlier place, she can be found reading Harry Potter, watching Doctor Who, or out on a photo taking adventure.