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Wow it's already December, juniors in tech!

Issue #9 - December 5th, 2018

Seriously. Where did the year go? Did you accomplish everything you wanted to?

It's totally ok if you didn't. Units of time are helpful measurements, but they're also arbitrary. You don't have to be super productive and accomplish things all the time. The police aren't coming to get you if you didn't accomplish all your new year's resolutions for 2018. (Oh jeez can you imagine...quick, someone write a sci-fi novel about this.) Maybe this year was tough and you just got to the end of it. Maybe that's enough. 

There are some things I did this year that I'm proud of (like starting this newsletter, and working on a project that combines tech and social impact, something I've wanted to do for a while). And there are other things that I wish I had done, but didn't. Whatever, it's not the end of the world. 

And there's always next year. But more importantly, there's always now. Personally, I like to make goals throughout the year, as they occur to me, not just around the new year. 

What are some of your goals for next year?

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By the way, in case you didn't know #BlackTechTwitter is now a thing. @ParissAthena asked "What does Black Twitter in Tech look like?", and Black Tech Twitter responded. Something to keep handy the next time you hear someone talk about the so-called pipeline problem.

You can also find Black Tech Twitter on Discord. Other groups/Slack communities for Black people in tech include DatCode (awesome Slack community), Digital Empire, and Black Tech Women.

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Work at Renaissance Learning with Elana Tee
Elana is a software engineer, musician, and educator in New York City. She currently works at Renaissance Learning, and right now they're hiring a junior engineer*

Here's a short Q & A from Elana: 

Who am I?
Hi, I’m Elana! I just started working at Renaissance Learning as a software engineer. Before Renaissance, I was an instructor at Girls Who Code. In 2017, I graduated from Fordham University, where I studied computer science and music.

What is it like to work at Renaissance?
From day one, my teammates at Renaissance have made me feel like an important part of the team. I’ve been able to pair program and ask my teammates tons of questions, which has been so helpful for me, since this is actually my very first software engineering job! 

How can juniors benefit from working here?
Juniors can benefit from working at Renaissance because the environment is super collaborative--you’ll have the chance to learn from your teammates in a space where everyone is genuinely happy to help one another. 

What am I looking for in a potential teammate? 
Someone who is curious and determined to help others as they grow as a person and an engineer. 

Elana says that for this role, the years of experience and the listed languages & frameworks are not required. If you would like to ask Elana more questions about the role, you can contact her on Twitter or email her at 
Things to read on the subway.

In Conversation with Amy Wibowo on femininity, making cute zines, and decolonizing technology. 
Neta Bomani
This is a very interesting read. You may know Amy as @sailorhg on Twitter. She makes zines on computer science topics, and she also designs apparel (I'm wearing her "git it gurl" jacket in my Twitter avi). In this interview, she talks about how she makes zines, how femininity impacts her work, and making CS education more inclusive. 

The Best Design Articles for Junior Designers
Curated by @AnnikaIbels
A list of articles that every junior designer should read. 

Junior Skills, Senior Tasks
Tamara Atanasoska
In this piece, Tamara talks about her process to make sure she successfully completes her assignments. 

Meet the Google Engineer Getting It's Workers Ready To Strike
Sean Captain
"Google engineer Liz Fong-Jones raised over $100,000 in three hours to support striking workers, then doubled it with her own contribution."

A Month in the Life of a Data Scientist
Caitlin Hudon

Learn stuff. Get promoted. 

Demystifying Conference Speaking: An interview with Nadia Odunayo
Part 1. Part 2
Afrotech Fest Blog
Here's some great advice about preparing to speak at a conference, including writing the proposal and preparing the talk itself. As I mentioned last week, Afrotech Fest is looking for speakers.

You're Doing UX Unconsciously, Now Let's Make it Conscious and Intentional!
Maurice Hayward
How a developer discovered UX and started integrating conscious UX practices into the workflow. 

7 Tips for Choosing the Best Web Font for Your Design
Carrie Cousins

Design Case Study: Impact - A Crypto Platform
Eftakher Alam
A UX/UI and branding case study about building a crypto platform (in just 15 days!).  
Conferences, scholarships, and other opportunities.

Girl, You Better Network
Monday. December 10th, 5-8pm. New York City. A mini-conference on networking. There will be a panels, workshops, and networking practice. See the link for scholarships. 

Super Hi End of Year Scholarship
The online coding/design bootcamp is giving away some of their courses for free. Deadline is December 14th. 

Data 4 Black Lives Conference
January 11-13, Cambridge, Massachusetts. "Data for Black Lives is a group of activists, organizers, and mathematicians committed to the mission of using data science to create concrete and measurable change in the lives of Black people." There will be workshops and talks on topics like data visualization, organizing 101, and algorithms for local organizing.

nsbehacks - Canada's First Student-Run Black Hackathon
January 26th, 2019. University of Toronto. 
Everyone is welcome to apply to participate. You don't have to be a student or Black. 

Refactr 2019 Conference - Apply to Speak
June 5-7. Atlanta, Georgia. "For three days, REFACTR.TECH focuses on technology topics, while creating a safe space for thoughtful and nuanced conversations around diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality in tech." They are looking for speakers who can give talks about: Product/UX/UI, Social Impact, Software Engineering, and more. The deadline to apply to speak is February 13th. 

Also, I still have 5 free tickets to the You Got This conference for juniors in London this January. Email me if you want one. 
My top tools of the week. 

Taking the Work out of Networking - Networking for Introverts
Karen Wickre
I haven't read this yet, but it looks interesting. I'm a very shy introvert, so naturally I hate networking. Which sucks because everyone knows that one of the best ways to find a job or otherwise progress in your career is to network. So maybe this will help.

Monica - Open Source Personal CRM
Monica is a tool that helps you manage your personal relationships. I've been using it for a little while now. It's open source, so you can install it on your own server for free. Or you can have them host your data for $5 a month. - stops you from being distracted by email.

"Adiós brings your emails into your inbox just 3 times a day, so you can get sh*t done." It's free.

Gotta pay the rent.

Renaissance Learning - Junior Developer - New York City*
Contact Elana if you have any questions about the role. Ignore the '3 years of experience' thing and the 'required' technologies. They're definitely looking for juniors and you don't need to have experience in the technologies listed. 

Form Hero - Junior UX Designer - Toronto, ON, Canada

Culture Amp - Junior UX Designer - Melbourne, Australia

*Referral link. Don't use it if you don't want to, but please consider it if you're going to apply, and help support a fellow junior. 
This week I'm: 
  • going to Art Basel Miami 
Hope the rest of your week is also filled with art, 

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