Talks and Publications

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Coding
    Talk given at Open Source Bridge, June 21, 2016

    Technology is a language all its own, and open source is no exception. But as more people jump into the world of programming, they can be quickly overwhelmed by the volume of jargon. How, then, do we explain powerful technologies without misleading people?

  • Technology: So Easy Your Lawyer Can Do It
    Talk given at O’Reilly OSCON, May 18, 2016

    An earlier version of the talk above.

  • Marketing For the Everyday Geek
    Talk given at ACT-W, April 23, 2016

    A revision of my RefreshPDX talk. Here, marketing and branding get equal billing, using an understanding of personal brand to make marketing efforts more targeted and effective.

  • A Skeptic’s Guide to Branding
    Talk given at RefreshPDX, Feb. 17, 2016

    For many technically-minded people, “branding” and other business terms are a sort of taboo subject. Something looked at with disdain, or at minimum, skepticism.

    However, a strong personal brand can make a developer’s career smoother. So, I’ve tried to explain the concepts in a way that skeptical techies – like myself – can understand.

  • Two Tokens and a Cat: Working with Two-Factor Authentication
    Published in The Recompiler Issue 2, Q1 2016

    A bit of history and explanation two-factor authentication: how systems are structured, their pros and cons, and how to get started using it to secure your online experience.

  • On Selecting JavaScript Frameworks
    Talk given at Women Who Code Portland, Oct. 7 2015

    For front-end developers, there’s a never-ending stream of new things to learn. New frameworks, with new philosophies, seem to be released on a daily basis. How, then, do you pick which one to use? The answer, as it happens, has nothing to do at all with JavaScript.

  • Fairwood Studios & the Single Point of Failure
    Talk given at FailPDX, Feb. 15 2015

    In 2009, I started a company making tracks for the Rock Band games. I worked with some impressive contacts and learned a ton of skills. It was a lovely experience and it was doomed from the start.