#WomenInTech - Bridging the Gap

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The Washington Post

1150 15th St. NW · Washington, DC

How to find us

Come through front entrance; entrance to auditorium is to the right of the security desk

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Join us as we have a panel discussion with women in the tech industry who are truly "bridging the gap"! We're going to discuss their views on the #WomenInTech movement, how they feel about the media (social and traditional) coverage, as well as what they think needs to be done in order to keep the momentum going.

Know any women doing awesome things in tech? Shout them out in the comments section below!

You don't have to be a lady to attend. All are welcome!


#1 - Julia Beizer, Director, Mobile Products — The Washington Post (@juliabeizer (https://twitter.com/juliabeizer), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/pub/julia-beizer/14/b2a/a5a))

Julia launched The Post's first iPad app and has worked on every mobile product they have developed since. She's dedicated to the future of the medium and spends her days sweating the details of user experience and execution. Julia lives outside Washington, D.C., with her husband, two kids and a ton of devices.

#2 - Valerie Smith, Senior iOS Developer — Gannett (@valerieosmith (https://twitter.com/valerieosmith))

Valerie Smith is a Senior iOS Developer at Gannett. She helped develop the USA TODAY and Democrat & Chronicle iPhone and iPad apps, and most recently developed the USA TODAY app for the Apple Watch. She is a former C/C++ and .NET full-stack developer who has worked on Solaris, Linux, Windows, and various mobile platforms.

#3 - Shannon Turner, Founder — Hear Me Code (@svt827 (https://twitter.com/svt827), site (http://www.shannonvturner.com/))

Shannon Turner (http://www.shannonvturner.com/) is a full-stack developer and the founder of Hear Me Code (http://hearmecode.com/), a nonprofit offering free, beginner-friendly coding classes for women, by women. Her projects are open source and focus on issues of social justice and civic tech. She believes teaching and leadership development are the best ways to achieve gender parity in tech.

#4 - Yuriko Horvath, Director of Technology — 1776 (@SquashedTwinkie (https://twitter.com/SquashedTwinkie), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/yuriko-horvath/4/782/a4b/en))

0's and 1's poet with a concentration on rapid application development, product engineering team coordination, data throughput and social network integration (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn). While Yuriko can function in front of client and product people, she is most at home writing Groovy or Java code integrating with SQL and NoSQL databases. The challenge highlight of Yuriko's last position was scaling a platform to register 300k+ and authenticate 1 million+ users daily while gathering fun social network information.

Moderated by Annyce Davis, DC Media Innovations Organizer (@brwngrldev (https://twitter.com/brwngrldev), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/in/annycedavis))


6:30 - 7:00 - Refreshments and Networking

7:00 - 7:10 - Intro and Presentations: Each panelist will briefly present what they’re currently working on

7:10 - 8:00 - Panel Discussion and Audience Q&A

8:30 onward - Drinks at Mio, 1110 Vermont Ave NW (map (https://goo.gl/maps/3NrP5))

All are welcome, this is not a ladies only event ;-)


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