Panelists

Coraline: @CoralineAda

Coraline Ada Ehmke is a speaker, writer, teacher, open source advocate and technologist with 20 years of experience in developing apps for the web. As the founder of OS4W.org and creator of the Contributor Covenant, she works diligently to promote diversity and inclusivity in open source and the tech industry.

She works for GitHub as a senior engineer on a team devoted to creating community management and anti-harassment tools. Coraline is also writing a book on empathy in software development. Her current interests include refactoring, code analytics and artificial intelligence.

Jessica: @jessitron

jessicaAlmost twenty years ago, Jessica chose to program because it was easy and it was 9-5. Now programming is hard, she spends all her spare time on it, and she loves it immensely more.

Software is fascinating because we create complex systems incredibly quickly. This means we get to learn about complex systems, which teaches us about everything else in life. For more, see her blogs at blog.jessitron.com and tistil.tumblr.com

Jessica (better known as JessiTRON) works as a lead engineer at Atomist. Infrastructure is the best because it’s software about software. She also raises two daughters, speaks at conferences, studies piano, and stares at the waves in the milk film on her coffee.

Sam: @geeksam

samSam Livingston-Gray has been a dad since 2008, a Rubyist since 2006, a Portlander since 2001, a programmer since at least 1998, a juggler since 1988, and a human since 1974. He’s keenly interested in writing software that makes other humans’ lives easier, in making technical topics easier to understand, and in helping increase the number and variety of humans* in technical spaces.

* And, of course, other sentient species or constructs just as soon as we find any.**

** Sam reads a lot of science fiction.

Jay: @jaybobo

jayJay Bobo is a dad, software developer and serial entrepreneur. He is the creator of Cards For All People, a cultural casual gaming company and founding mentor of Pair Columbus.

He has spoken at SXSW Interactive and worked with a host of companies including SapientNitro, Microsoft (MSN), Nike, State Farm and Scion/Toyota among others.

His work has been featured on CBS News, The Huffington Post, Washington Post, Buzzfeed, Essence Magazine, ESPN and similar media outlets.

Astrid: @ianthro

Astrid is a Ruby Nuby (programming in Ruby just 2 years), anthropologist and writer. She slowly worked her way over to software development by managing and the building databases and working as a data analyst. Then she went all in and attended The Iron Yard Academy in Houston. Afterwards she worked at HP as a QA Engineer and DevOps Engineer. Now she is the Director for Tech for Justice and a freelance software developer.

Astrid is all about learning and growing as a developer and tech diversity advocate. She encourages girls to code through coaching for organizations like Rails Girls and is currently teaching herself Python so that she can also become a pyLady. Astrid is still an active social scientist and helps moderate a slack group called AnthroHangout. She spends her spare time binge watching Netflix and spending time with her husband and 3 dogs.

Janelle: @janellekz

Janelle is a NFJS tour speaker, and author of the book, Idea Flow, a technique for visualizing the friction in flow between a developer and the software, like an EKG that monitors your pain and creates a feedback loop that helps you improve.

After researching Idea Flow for years, Janelle turned into a hobbyist cognitive scientist, obsessed with the challenge of building a brain in code. After a 17-year career as a developer, consultant, and CTO specialized in data-intensive analytics, she is now a full-time entrepreneur on a crazy mission: to bring free mastery-level education to every human in the world by conquering generalized AI.

Lorena: @loooorenanicole

Political analyst turned coder, Lorena Mesa is a Sprout Social data engineer, Director on the Python Software Foundation, PyLadies Chicago co-organizer, and Write/Speak/Code conference organizer. Lorena loves to make meaning out of data, asking big questions and using her code to build models to derive that meaning. Part Star Wars fanatic but mostly a Trekkie, Lorena abides by the motto to “live long and prosper”.

Rein Henrichs: @ReinH

Rein is a strange sort of software developer who spends more time thinking about systems made with people than systems made with computers. He believes that most technical problems are really people problems, and that people problems can be solved by listening, caring, and empowering others. Talking about himself in the third person makes him uncomfortable, but he is working on it. He also wrote a database in Haskell once, so he has that going for him, which is nice.

Mandy: @therubyrep

Mandy Moore is the owner of DevReps, LLC, a professional audio editing and virtual assistance agency. Specifically, she specializes in quality audio processing and editing and provides complete show management for several podcasts including Tech Done Right, The Frontside Podcast, The Elixir Fountain, and The Food Fight Show.

Mandy is also a contributor for The Recompiler Mag. Women in Tech, D&I, and getting children involved in STEM education are all causes very near and dear to her heart.

Please feel free to reach out to her with any questions, comments and/or concerns re: >Code, or book a time with her to discuss your own podcasting needs: calendly.com/rubyrep