Open-Source and Cyber Security Talks

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Open-source is defined as the free distribution of source code for the purposes of collaboration. Users create and share their work with wider communities with the expectation that those who participate will make the project better and more inclusive. From jQuery to Your First Pull Request ( much more), open-source is a form of skill-sharing re-vitalizing the tech sphere.

In our January event, hosted by GitHub, we wanted to especially profile the innovative open-source work being undertaken by underrepresented groups in tech. We'll also have a cybersecurity component to our talks, as we believe in making the web more secure for everyone.


Evolution of a Web Application by Raquel Vélez

Since its creation in 2010, the npm website has gone on quite an adventure. Oh, the stories it could tell! From its humble beginnings as a pioneer node application without a single line of client-side JavaScript to its current state as a full-fledged web application with front-end and backend frameworks, this site has seen it all. Learn from our successes as well as our mistakes as I take you on a journey of lessons learned over the past 3 years (and counting)!

Take Down: How SMS-Based 2FA Shouldn't Be Your Only Angle by Jacky Alciné

It doesn’t take much to get past SMS-based 2FA (two factor authentication). In this talk, Jacky will speak about fundamentals of user security and the importance of secure tokens.

The Evolution of a Learning Platform for Coders by Coders by Linda Peng

In this talk, Linda will discuss the two-year evolution of Code Buddies, a 100% volunteer-led open sourced project for independent coders who want to learn together.

Lessons in Chromium by Hector Carmona

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all users to experience the web. Hector will discuss how the project formed.


6:30 PM: Doors open for networking and dinner

7:00 PM: Introductory remarks

7:00 to 9:00 PM: Talks

9:00 PM - 9:30 PM: Wrap up and mingling

9:30: Wrap up

Optional: After the event ends, some folks plan on going to Pedro's Cantina (, a few blocks away.


Taco bar. There will be gluten-free and vegan options available.


Raquel Vélez started playing on the web after ditching the never-going-to-happen robot revolution. She currently works at npm, Inc as the engineering manager of the web team, and has previously worked at places like Caltech, NASA JPL, the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and Sauce Labs (among others). She's fairly certain laughter and chocolate will cure everything, and uses robots as an excuse to get people excited about code and math. She is a co-author of the book Make: JavaScript Robotics.

Jacky Alciné is a software developer that works with Web platforms leaning towards the back end platform. He works, however, as a full stack web developer very eager to experiment with new technologies whilst remaining very partial with providing platform support to as many users as possible. He also tinkers with technology that bridge the Web to physical hardware.

Linda Peng is a front-end web developer who collaborates on projects and skill-sharing with Code Buddies and Women Who Code.

Hector Carmona joined the Chrome team in 2014. He has worked on many parts of the browser ranging from accessibility to settings. He leads the LA chapter of the Hispanic Googlers Network (HOLA) and is an active member of the recently formed Techqueria branch in LA. Prior to joining Google, he worked at Guidance Software as a software engineer writing forensic and cyber security software. Hector earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of California in Riverside.