Past Meetup

Design for Coders; and The Intersections of Web Development and Feminism

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67 Queen Street (Side Entrance) · Melbourne

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In the basement, entrance on Queen Street

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Join us for "Design for Coders" - the complementary talk to Diana MacDonald's "Every Designer should learn to Code"; and "Intersectional What? Redux Who?: A Musing on Feminism and Web Development" with Melbourne newcomer Mark Brown II.

Thanks to our sponsors Zendesk, StarRez, Hays, and RateMyAgent there will be lots to eat and drink; we have great presenters lined up; and there will be plenty of opportunity to network and socialise at the event and at the Mitre Tavern afterwards.

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* Agenda *

18:00 - Doors open, food arrives
18:30 - Presentations
20:00 - Head to the Mitre Tavern

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* The Presentations *

Intersectional What? Redux Who?: A Musing on Feminism and Web Development
Mark Brown II

The technology sector has a race and gender problem. With only 12-24% of the tech workforce being women and 7-8% being of color, I think we need to find news ways of having conversations about 'scary' topics like race and gender. In 'Intersectional What? Redux Who?' I will discuss how web development and feminism have more in common than one may think. I hope to raise, and potentially answer, questions such as can we 'unit test' our privilege? What is the 'user experience' of different identities in the tech sector and how do we make it better? What 'framework' are we using to both write our code and view our world? Come find out what happens when you discuss Beyonce and JavaScript at the same time!

Mark Brown II is a recent immigrant to Melbourne having lived between Washington, DC and Miami, FL for 7 years. He's a NodeJS lover, a JavaScript enthusiast, and a loud-and-proud intersectional feminist. His favourite topics to discuss include: does the world actually need React, do cats really love their human owners, can I break the internet, and what will Beyonce do next. His development background includes the higher education non-profit sector, the US federal government, and commercial work. He hopes that you will enjoy his little chat and loves a challenging opinion that leads to a fruitful dialogue. You can also find him doing drag in Melbourne as his alter ego, Nefirtiti LaNegra.

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Design for coders
Diana MacDonald

What’s the point of building something no one wants? Instead, you can use design to solve problems, communicate, and delight people.

Diana MacDonald is a product designer, raised in the tropical north of Australia. She has relished the tech industry for over a decade, exploring the digital space with progressive organisations like Culture Amp, Bellroy, and SitePoint. Blurring the lines of designer, developer, writer, and leader, she believes in the value of considered, inclusive, and remarkable stories. She wants to help you effortlessly execute your digital ideas.