For a long time, tech culture has focused too narrowly on technical skills; this has resulted in a tech community that too often puts companies and code over people. Greater Than Code is a podcast that invites the voices of people who are not heard from enough in tech: women, people of color, trans and/or queer folks, to talk about the human side of software development and technology. Greater Than Code is providing a vital platform for these conversations, and developing new ideas of what it means to be a technologist beyond just the code.
Featuring an ongoing panel of racially and gender diverse tech panelists, the majority of podcast guests so far have been women in tech! We’ve covered topics including imposter syndrome, mental illness, sexuality, unconscious bias and social justice. We also have a major focus on skill sets that tech too often devalues, like team-building, hiring, community organizing, mentorship and empathy. Each episode also includes a transcript.
December 18th, 2019 | 1 hr 27 mins
Bärí A. Williams talks about intersectionality and culture, gentrification, being born and raised in Oakland, connecting to your roots, unintended consequences, who’s job is it to educate school children about bias, diversity or inclusion, and taking space or making space.
December 11th, 2019 | 42 mins 15 secs
The panelists talk about the thermodynamics of the Twitterverse. This includes getting sucked into Twitter vortexes, dynamics of human emotion, creating safe spaces for emotionally charged conversations, radical inclusion, overidentification, digital activism, tribal dynamics, having the right to rage, changing frequencies of people, call-out culture, and that ultimately: everyone is human.
December 10th, 2019 | 12 mins 10 secs
On this day in Paris in 1948, the United Nations issued the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that sets out the fundamental rights and privileges of all people and all nations. In honor of the anniversary of this document, the panelists of Greater Than Code have come together to share their reading of the document with all of you.
December 4th, 2019 | 59 mins 3 secs
Lauren Maffeo talks about bias in AI, how the media affects people’s perception of AI, concerns of small to midsize businesses pertaining to AI, how to mitigate bias in AI, ethics in AI, fairness vs. accuracy in algorithms, preventing bias in AI, working remotely, and diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
November 27th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
Ariel Caplan talks about extreme irritability, accessibility needs, rabbinical school, and developing company values.
November 20th, 2019 | 1 hr 16 mins
Willem Larsen talks about accelerated community learning, reimagining the education system, stages of human life, the Thermodynamics of Emotion Symposium, and listening to what the community needs.
November 13th, 2019 | 1 hr 2 mins
James Edward Gray II talks about why “Just Be Yourself” is terrible advice, being authentic in an interview, turning your interviewer into your advocate, intrinsic motivation, technical interviews, storytelling in the interview, and management techniques.
November 6th, 2019 | 55 mins 8 secs
Don Goodman-Wilson talks about ethics and Open Source, consequentialism vs contractualism, the paradox of tolerance, enforceability of open source licenses, compensation as an ethical consideration, quantifying the value the Open Source Software gives, and empowering people who participate in Open Source.
October 30th, 2019 | 44 mins 46 secs
Ambreen Hasan talks about fixed mindset vs growth mindset, her hobbies outside of software, thinking about things in a molecular way, her journey into software engineering, self-advocating for new work experience, and empathy in engineering.
October 23rd, 2019 | 40 mins 46 secs
Mannah Kallon talks about assessing identity and evaluating sense of self in a new culture, using offensive terms, moments of self-doubt when someone doesn’t believe you, empathy, retaliation, and recognizing privilege.
October 16th, 2019 | 49 mins 32 secs
Philip Wadler talks about Programming Language Foundations in Agda, using a proof assistant, specifications, and how to translate abstract concepts so practitioners can use them.
October 15th, 2019 | 4 mins 55 secs
This audio clip is a conversation between Claire Lew & Arty Starr about the journey of becoming an Elder, and why Arty decided to change her name.
October 9th, 2019 | 1 hr 10 mins
Amir Rajan talks about having sensitivity to development pain, developer productivity, optimizing local maxima, and game development.
October 2nd, 2019 | 1 hr 5 mins
September 25th, 2019 | 1 hr 11 mins
Jesse James talks with the panelists about all things culture: culture fit, creating, building, and forcing culture, affecting culture, culture as a descriptor, culture as an ongoing process, and the fact that culture evolves so rapidly that it can be hard to keep up with.
September 18th, 2019 | 58 mins 43 secs
Jacob Stoebel joins GTC as an official panelist and talks about neurodiversity in workplaces, driving desire to learn things, personal automation, and storycrafting and succession planning.