Panel: Coding to Make A Difference

Main Room 3:30pm

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Have you been wondering what it would be like to code for an organization that does more for the world than just make a profit? Have you ever wanted to use your talents to do more for society?

Our panelists will help you get an understanding of what it's like to be a developer working with or volunteering for a company or organization who's primary purpose is to make the world a better place. Come with all your questions, we plan to leave plenty of time so you can ask. 

Tom O'Connell, C/I

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.

David Osborne, DO.Consulting

David is a Principle at DO.Consulting where he helps mission-led organizations transform outmoded practices into high-performing, 21st-century operations.

He'll share his experience as a Product Manager on the 2012 Obama Campaign and what it was like to work in a mission-oriented, technical environment.

Rebecca McDonald, Library For All

In 2010 Rebecca and her husband moved to Haiti to help rebuild after the devastating earthquake. She visited schools with fewer than 30 books between hundreds of students. These books were so precious that they were kept under lock and key, rarely viewed and never taken home.

After researching the space, Rebecca found that current approaches to addressing the lack of access to books and resources were expensive and unsustainable. She founded Library For All in March 2012, with a vision to create a digital library from the world’s collective resources that would be easily accessible to those living in poverty.

Prior to Library For All, Rebecca worked in the construction industry in Australia, where she was responsible for the delivery of a 1 billion dollar stimulus plan in Brisbane given by the Australian Government. Rebecca also served for more than eight years as an Ambassador for Opportunity International, a leader in the micro finance industry.

As CEO of Library For All, Rebecca leads the vision and goals for the organization, and focuses her efforts on business development.

Nate Heasley, Goodnik

Nate Heasley is the Founder and Director of Goodnik, a nonprofit that promotes social entrepreneurism rise and socially responsible business by bringing not-for-profit and private companies together to share resources and ideas about better ways to do business. Nate has a Bachelors from St. John's College in Annapolis MD and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.

Jeff Namnum, touchlab

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.