Greater Than Code

The Human Side of Technology

About the show

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.

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  • 063: The Distribution of Brilliance and Opportunity with Rehema Wachira

    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.

  • 062: The Beauty of Art and Technology with Jamey Hampton

    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.

  • 061: Destruction-Focused Development with Safia Abdalla

    January 3rd, 2018  |  53 mins 57 secs

    In this episode, Safia Abdalla joins us to talk about the Silicon Valley monoculture, tokenism, and being content vs happy. She also introduces the idea of Destruction-Focused Development.

  • 060: Coping with Complexity with Kent Beck

    December 27th, 2017  |  43 mins 2 secs

    Kent Beck talks about metaphors in software development, writing tests, complexity partitioning, and changing culture versus code.

  • 059: Science All The Things! with Pamela Gay

    December 20th, 2017  |  59 mins 1 sec

    In this astronomic episode, we talk to Pamela Gay about coding out of necessity, why understanding and knowing everything isn’t necessarily a good thing, and being a citizen scientist.

  • 058: Kindness and Patience with Tara Scherner de la Fuente

    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.

  • 057: Everything is UI with Christina Morillo

    December 6th, 2017  |  52 mins 53 secs

    Christina Morillo talks about automation processes: discovery and reconnaissance, multitasking and context switching, and being kind to your busy self.

  • 056: Systematize Your Hustle with Kronda Adair

    November 22nd, 2017  |  52 mins 19 secs

    Kronda Adair joins the panel to talk about why you should strive to systematize all the things within your business to reclaim your time, life, and to successfully allow others to help you.

  • 055: Change Ourselves a Little, Many Times with Keith Bennett

    November 15th, 2017  |  44 mins 6 secs

    Keith Bennett talks about conflict resolution, radical helpfulness and kindness, and being okay with being different.

  • 054: Code Hospitality with Nadia Odunayo

    November 8th, 2017  |  57 mins 44 secs

    Nadia Odunayo talks about the idea of "code hospitality": What you can do to be a good host, asking questions rather than passing judgement, and using READMEs to give context.

  • 053: BOOK CLUB! The Responsible Communication Style Guide

    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!

  • 052: Master’s Degrees, Double Binds, and Data Science with Emily Dresner

    October 25th, 2017  |  58 mins 35 secs

    Emily Dresner joins the show to talk about on why she felt getting a master's degree was worth it, her experiences working at a gaming company, and data science.

  • 051: Creating Safer Spaces with Soo Choi

    October 18th, 2017  |  48 mins 4 secs

    Soo Choi talks about creating safer spaces at conferences and in workspaces, forgiving people without negatively labeling them, and having fierce conversations.

  • 050: Open Source Anarchism with Steve Klabnik

    October 11th, 2017  |  1 hr 3 mins

    Steve Klabnik talks open source governance, succession planning, and organizing groups of people in a non-authoritarian way.

  • 049: Technology For the Greater Good with Reyn Aubrey

    October 4th, 2017  |  56 mins 5 secs

    We are joined by 19-year-old entrepreneur Reyn Aubrey to talk about building technology for the greater good, his startup PocketChange, habitizing donation, analyzing and collecting charity data, and anarchist organizing principles.

  • 048: Finding Our Lane with Marco Rogers

    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.