We're not going to spend much time talking about tech's diversity issues, if you're not yet aware of the problem there are lots of places for you to go educate yourself on it (and seriously, you should). This panel is a group of awesome folks who have made decisions to do things within their control to try to affect the situation. They're going to tell their stories briefly and then we're going to turn the attention away form the stage and to the audience.
Our goal in this session is to help empower you to start doing something, tiny, huge or in-between, today.
Jeff Namnum is a partner at touchlab, the premier Android-only development shop based in NYC. Previously he was the principal at NoFancyName working with startups on issues of growth & marketing. He's organized multiple conferences on marketing & social media, speaks frequently & has advised a number of startups. Jeff also loves long walks in the rain & is allergic to bullshit.
Christina is an experienced Identity and Access Management professional with expertise in IAM architecture, access governance, global deployments and automation. With nearly two decades of experience, she has also managed high-level technology initiatives for financial organizations like Fitch Ratings, Swiss Re and Alliance Bernstein. When she is not focusing on protecting these firms from both internal & external threats, she is very active in the NYC tech community.
Talk to her about:
- Identity & Access Management/InfoSec
- Women in Tech @wocintechchat
- The CodeNewbie community
I publish a(n awesome) magazine for black men called Abernathy. I'm a technologist by trade, and I like gelato.
Chiu-Ki is an Android developer with a passion in speaking and teaching. She has spoken at numerous conferences all over the world, and has been recognized as a Google Developer Expert for her extensive knowledge in Android. She runs her own mobile development company, producing delightful apps such as "Monkey Write" for learning Chinese writing, "Heart Collage" for snapping photos to stitch into a heart, and "Fit Cat" which gets more athletic the more you walk.
Tom is the Program Director at C/I, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring the next generation of technology leaders from underserved communities. At C/I, Tom manages after school programs at 13 high schools in New York, organizes summits for students to work on projects with volunteer tech professionals, and places students in paid internships.
Tom is a Teach For America alumnus who taught high school science and coordinated non-profit partnerships in Houston and Brooklyn. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.Ed from the University of St. Thomas.