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Wednesday, October 10 • 9:00am - 9:20am
Keynote: Programmers Don't Like People...or Do They? - April Wensel, Founder, Compassionate Coding

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Since the early days of computing, the prevailing stereotype has been the isolated, sedentary, sleep-deprived, antisocial programmer. The culture that has developed around this harmful stereotype has led to unbalanced and ineffective teams, destructive behavior in our communities, and the high incidence of burnout among developers.

Software may be built on machines, but it’s built by and for human beings. If we want to create more useful software and enjoy more sustainable and fulfilling careers, we must make time to care about the wellbeing of our collaborators, our users, and ourselves. 

This talk will inspire you to care more about the people in your life—including yourself—and give you a practical framework for making more compassionate choices on a daily basis in order to become a more effective—and happier!—developer.

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April Wensel

Founder, Compassionate Coding
April Wensel is the founder of Compassionate Coding, a socially conscious business that’s bringing emotional intelligence and ethics to the tech industry. She has spent the past decade in software engineering and technical leadership roles at various startups in Silicon Valley... Read More →

Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 9:20am PDT
West Ballroom C