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.
We have an active Slack community that members can join by pledging as little as $1 per month via Patreon. Currently, we are listener-funded for two episodes per month.
For Prospective Sponsors:
Each show costs roughly $500 to produce. This includes, show management, audio editing, writing and publishing of show notes, writing and publishing of transcripts, guest outreach and scheduling, guest preparation, and community management. All told, each episode requires between 10-12 hours worth of work. If you are interested in sponsoring us for any amount, please reach out to Mandy via our contact form.
June 21st, 2017 | 54 mins 21 secs
Emily Gorcenski talks about data science, failure modes in software and in democracy, and open data and open science.
June 7th, 2017 | 1 hr 14 mins
Matt Stine joins us for a conversation that starts out about consulting and morphs into a meta-conversation about rigorous communication, ubiquitous language, metaphors, and microservices.
May 31st, 2017 | 1 hr 3 mins
Laurie Voss joins us to talk about what goes on behind the scenes at npm, including setting workplace culture, technical hiring, and organizing engineers.
May 24th, 2017 | 1 hr 1 min
In this episode, we talk about new ways to organize society around a culture of plenty rather than a culture of scarcity. Along the way we discuss the intersection of corporations and open source and the gatekeeping that prevents marginalized people from participating in open culture.
May 17th, 2017 | 49 mins 47 secs
Greg Baugues talks about how mental illness affected his life and early career as a software developer. Collectively, we discuss stigma, shame, fear, our personal experiences, and individual coping mechanisms.
May 10th, 2017 | 55 mins 10 secs
Amy Unger joins us to talk about accessing and preserving history, categorizing information, and digital vs human curation.
May 3rd, 2017 | 50 mins 24 secs
Diana Larsen joins us to talk about an earlier episode (#28) that we did where we touched on retrospectives and Agile Fluency.
April 28th, 2017 | 1 hr 20 mins
Tom Stuart stopped by to talk about software development over the years, “junior” and “senior” developer nomenclature, good mentorship, and OOP.
April 19th, 2017 | 1 hr 13 mins
Science technology, the influence of science fiction, machine learning, and congruency with guests Ariel Waldman, Ashe Dryden, and Brad Grzesiak.
April 14th, 2017 | 1 hr 5 mins
In this episode, Janelle Klein, author of Idea Flow, talks about designing releases and best practices, measuring effort, and Agile Fluency.
April 7th, 2017 | 56 mins 7 secs
Rachel Katz, of AngelHack, talks about hackathons and the value of celebrating glorious failure and responding stress and pressure.
April 4th, 2017 | 1 hr 2 mins
Saron Yitbarek talks about Codeland Conference, making conferences, accessible, affordable, and unintimidating for people, leading by example and maintaining a positive personal, and ethics as technology scales.
March 29th, 2017 | 54 mins 7 secs
We talk to Tina Lee, CEO of MotherCoders, about changing the culture around gender roles and caregiving, as well as challenging Silicon Valley elitism, sexism, and defining cultural norms.
March 22nd, 2017 | 58 mins 10 secs
We discuss teaching programming as a language, what constitutes “real” programming, and digital literacy with Felienne Hermans.
March 15th, 2017 | 52 mins 7 secs
In this episode, Lorena Mesa joins us to talk about politics and software, using Python for data collection, and communication and organization within communities.
March 7th, 2017 | 56 mins
In this episode, we focus heavily on technical interviews and ideal work environments.