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Shaving My Head Made Me a Better Programmer

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Summary

Alex Qin tells the true story of her physical transformation, and the surprising and drastic ways in which it affected how she was perceived and treated as a programmer. She also covers the effects of unconscious bias, micro-aggressions, and stereotype threat within our community, and how to make engineering teams and our entire field more inclusive to all, and thusly more successful.

Bio

Alex Qin is a software engineer, educator and founder of Code Cooperative. She cares deeply about access to computer science education, and about leveraging technology to create positive social change. She works at Skillshare, where she leads an engineering team, and co-organizes Codeshare, an inclusive gathering of programmers interested in the intersection of code, creativity, and art.

About the conference

Software is changing the world. QCon empowers software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation in the developer community. A practitioner-driven conference, QCon is designed for technical team leads, architects, engineering directors, and project managers who influence innovation in their teams.

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Apr 13, 2017

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