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.
January 9th, 2019 | 48 mins 22 secs
In this episode, Marcel Byrd talks about the intersection of public health and art, authenticity and vulnerability, reading a room and determining safety, and the beauty of dance.
November 14th, 2018 | 1 hr 7 mins
In this episode, Maurice Cherry talks about the concept of code switching: being different people around different people. He also talks about overcoming feelings of discomfort, trust and both how it’s lost and how it can be re-established, diversity in design, and shifting your mindset from a creator to a chronicler.
September 12th, 2018 | 47 mins 54 secs
Brandon Hays talks about mentorship, management, and leadership skills, as well as maintaining relationships with people, climbing the tech ladder, strategizing career growth.
August 29th, 2018 | 1 hr 2 mins
Heidi Waterhouse joins the show to talk about developer relations, life hacks for ADD, and the similarities between housekeeping and code review.
August 15th, 2018 | 1 hr 6 mins
In this book club episode, we talk to Eden Medina: author of Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile about speaking as an expert, sociotechnical engineering, and of course, cybernetics.
June 20th, 2018 | 48 mins 21 secs
For our second Book Club episode, Sara Wachter-Boettcher joins us to talk about her book, Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech.
April 18th, 2018 | 55 mins 16 secs
This panelist-only episode touches on the topics of privilege and having tough conversations when not feeling it’s your place to have those conversations.
April 4th, 2018 | 1 hr 6 mins
Astrid Countee talks about her field: social science and how it relates to technology, ethics, and design. Working in numbers-based environments is also discussed, along with the power of influence and control, and social media.
March 7th, 2018 | 54 mins 57 secs
In this episode, Kale Kaposhilin talks about letting yourself trust fall into the universe and be vulnerable, while facilitating the voices of other people.
January 17th, 2018 | 1 hr 57 secs
In this episode, Rehema Wachira joins us to talk about being a software developer in Nairobi, Kenya, creating a Culture of Saving, diversity of thought, and how technology empowers people.
January 10th, 2018 | 58 mins 44 secs
Panelist Jamey Hampton shares their thoughts on feeling like you have to know everything, ‘zines and being a ‘zine librarian, and why The Death Star led to some intense feelings on ethics in technology.
December 13th, 2017 | 57 mins 59 secs
Tara Scherner de la Fuente joins us to talk about conflating patience with kindness, company culture, advice for early career developers, and remote working.
November 15th, 2017 | 44 mins 6 secs
Keith Bennett talks about conflict resolution, radical helpfulness and kindness, and being okay with being different.
November 1st, 2017 | 51 mins 56 secs
We kick off our first Book Club episode with Thursday Bram and Audrey Eschright of The Responsible Communication Style Guide!
September 27th, 2017 | 57 mins 2 secs
Marco Rogers joins the show to discuss engaging on social media, staying in your lane, and mixing social justice with your tech career.
September 13th, 2017 | 46 mins 13 secs
In this episode, Aria Stewart reflects on how specializing in one area of software development can lead to contemptuous behavior between people, teams, and company culture.