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.
September 20th, 2017 | 1 hr 6 mins
Declan Whelan joins us to talk about communicating across boundaries: cross-cultural communication dynamics, adopting practices across teams, and technical debt vs technical health.
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.
September 6th, 2017 | 46 mins 45 secs
This episode stars, Jeff Reichman, who talks about how the Houston tech community came together to help people through Hurricane Harvey and the aftermath, the technology opportunities in disaster response, the harvey-api that they developed, and how tech devs need to be side-by-side with relief efforts, while responding to tech needs right away.
September 6th, 2017 | 53 mins 27 secs
In this episode, we talk to Lynn Cyrin, a developer on the Project Callisto sexual assault reporting application. In this episode, we talk about institutional betrayal, the importance of keeping survivor information private and the technology behind th...
August 23rd, 2017 | 49 mins 11 secs
In this episode, we talk to Shanise Barona about the terms "lazy perfectionism" and "performative diversity".
August 16th, 2017 | 1 hr 57 secs
In this episode, James Edward Gray and Mischa Lewis-Norelle join us to talk about the accessibility of board games, talk about the various different kind of games and particular challenges of each category,
August 9th, 2017 | 1 hr 11 mins
In this episode, Carina C. Zona joins us to talk about making a difference with her organization, @CallbackWomen, why diversity and inclusion is so important to have at conferences, and sending signals and/or indicators that encourage people to apply to speak at your conference.
August 2nd, 2017 | 53 mins 30 secs
In this episode, we talk with Casey Watts about cognitive behavioral therapy and mind manipulation.
July 26th, 2017 | 50 mins 14 secs
In this episode, we talk about communication on the Internet and especially in social media. Topics covered include dealing with jerks, teaching by example and practicing restraint.
July 11th, 2017 | 48 mins 39 secs
We talk to Scott Hanselman, about struggling and prevailing, instilling systems thinking values on children, and being a teacher.
July 5th, 2017 | 1 hr 9 mins
Dr. Eugenia Cheng joins us to talk about math, and even more specifically, category theory. Then we talk about changing the terminology around gender to focus on character traits instead.
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.