Today I will have the fabulous experience of presenting at the National Coalition for Media Reform conference with Catherine Bracy, Cheryl Contee, and Kimberly Bryant on the topic of women in the tech field. Below, I’ll be putting links to stuff we covered in the session. If you wrote about this session, or have questions, please feel free to get in touch with me, either by leaving a comment below or finding me on Twitter, where I am @lisawilliams.
A bit more about the speakers:
Catherine Bracy runs Code for America’s international programs. Previously she directed Obama for America’s San Francisco-based technology field office. She also served as the administrative director at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and ran the Knight Foundation’s 2011 News Challenge. Twitter: @cbracy
Kimberly Bryant founded Black Girls Code in 2011 to meet the needs of young women of color who are underrepresented in the currently exploding field of technology. The program focuses on introducing girls of color between the ages of 7-17 to the fields of digital technology and computer programming, with a focus on emerging entrepreneurial concepts. Twitter: 6Gems
Cheryl Contee, a partner at Fission Strategy, specializes in helping nonprofit organizations and foundations use social media to create social good. She is also the co-founder of one of the top 10 black blogs, “Jack and Jill Politics,” and writes under the pen name “Jill Tubman.” Twitter: Ch3ryl
And there’s me, Lisa Williams. My current projects center around getting STEM education into the hands of people who don’t always have equal access to it, including women, children, and people of color. I run an informal code-along for kids in my home each Sunday and I’m writing a book called “Data for Radicals,” a book of tutorials for absolute beginners using data on compelling social justice topics. (You want to change the world, I’ll help you change a few charts and graphs). I also run a learn-to-code blog written with journalists in mind, which includes the Journalist’s Learn-to-Code Resource Guide. I’m really interested in datavisualization and coding skills for people who aren’t and don’t intend to do computer science or graphic design for a living. We’re in an interesting time where the tools have gotten so good that it’s becoming more and more practical for people to pick up some skills to use to do what they do better. You can find me on Twitter, where I am @lisawilliams.