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20 episodes

Dec 28, 2020

S14:E9 - How to build tech for social justice (Alex Qin) 

In this episode, we talk about how to build tech for social justice, with Alex Qin, co-founder and CEO of Emergent Works. Alex talks about the challenges she had to face being a woman in tech, how shaving her head caused people to treat her with more respect and launched her on a path toward social justice, and her company’s first in-house app, Not 911.

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Alex Qin

Alex Qin is the founder of Emergent Works, a nonprofit software company that trains and employs formerly incarcerated coders. She is a reformed software engineer who has been working in the space of prison reentry and criminal justice reform since 2018. She spent most of her career before that writing code and advocating for a more diverse and equitable tech industry. She is also an international public speaker and some of you may have seen her talk about how shaving her head made her a better programmer. And she is a performance and visual artist. Her first solo show, Losing Things, premiered in New York in December 2019.

Dec 6, 2020

S14:E6 - What is Typescript and when should you use it (Dan Vanderkam) 

In this episode, we talk Typescript with Dan Vanderkam, principal software engineer at Sidewalk Labs, and author of Effective TypeScript. Dan talks about the difference between working on a personal project versus a project at scale, what typescript is, and how it can help you once you move to those larger projects.

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Dan Vanderkam

Dan Vanderkam, a principal software engineer at Sidewalk Labs, has built engineering teams and processes for all of its products and spinouts, all of which use TypeScript. He previously worked on open source genome visualizations at Mt. Sinai's Icahn School of Medicine and on search features used by billions of users at Google (try "population of france" or "sunset nyc"). He has a long history of working on open source projects, including the popular dygraphs library and source-map-explorer, a tool for visualizing JavaScript code size. He is also a co-founder of the NYC TypeScript meetup.

Nov 23, 2020

S14:E4 - How to use code to build cross-cultural understanding (Laura Gutierrez-Funderburk) 

In this episode, we talk about how to use code to build cross-cultural understanding, with Laura Gutierrez Funderburk, data science intern at Cybera’s Callysto Project. Laura talks about how diving into projects and finding mentors helped push her through her coding journey, using Jupyter Notebooks to create curriculums for teachers with the goal of cross-cultural understanding, and why building tech with that mission in mind is important.

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Laura Gutierrez-Funderburk

Laura Gutierrez-Funderburk holds a mathematics degree from Simon Fraser University, located in Vancouver, British Columbia. She’s experienced in creating in-person and online data science lessons for Grades 5-12 students and teachers that spark creativity, celebrate diversity, and foster critical thinking skills. In her spare time she likes building software with RLadies and PyLadies and doesn’t miss a chance to learn how she can use her Python skills to interact with databases.

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