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Issue #13 - January 02, 2019
Happy new year. 
New year, new you. Or, just the same old you. Because you're totally fine just the way you are. 

Thanks for filling out the survey last week. It's great to know that so many of you are from many different countries around the world, like Sri Lanka, Brazil, Mexico, and China, just to name a few. Also, it looks like most people who read this newsletter are looking their first or next job in tech. That's good to know, so I'll try to have more job related content every week.

I'll write a blog post about the survey results, and I'll link to it next week.


The winner of last week's $25 raffle is UI/UX designer and creative developer Ariana Davis

If you didn't win, don't worry. There will be more raffles in the future.
 
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I'll be doing shout outs to people in our community at least once a week. It'll just be a picture of you, with a quote.

Every week, I'll ask a question. If you want to get a shout out, simply answer the question and send me a picture of you.

The question of the week is: What motivates or inspires you about working in tech?  Fill out this quick form if you're interested in getting a shout out. 


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Read
Things to read on the commute. 
Source: Yelitsa Jean-Charles
My 2019 Challenge: Starting My Indie Maker Journey | Keziyah Lewis
In 2019, I'm challenging myself to turn my side projects into a profitable business, while being a digital nomad. I got into tech with the intention of starting a business, eventually. But I've decided that the time is now. Each week I'll be blogging about my goals, successes, and failures. And on my personal Instagram, I'll be posting more of the same, plus nice pictures of places that I'm traveling to.

I Made 2018 Mine by Minding My Damn Business | Yelitsa Jean-Charles
This is the type of energy we need in 2019. Yelitsa Jean-Charles, founder of Healthy Roots Dolls, wrote about how she achieved so much in 2018 (including winning multiple startup competitions) by setting boundaries, staying focused, taking risks, prioritizing what's important, and not taking any bullshit. I think these are great lessons to take into the new year, no matter what your goals are.

Things I Don't Know as of 2018 | Dan Abramov
You don't need to know everything to be successful in this industry. Dan Abramov, who works on Facebook's React team, and created Redux, wrote this post to prove this. In this blog, he lists all the things he does not yet know, even as an experienced engineer, such as Python, algorithms, SCSS, low level languages, and (most) Bash commands. I think it's really refreshing to see someone experienced admit their knowledge gaps. For us newbies/less experienced folks, it often seems like we won't get far if we don't know every little thing. 

Tech is Killing Street Food | Christine Ro
The higher cost of living in tech hubs often means that poor local residents get priced out. That includes street vendors. Christine Ro writes about how street food vendors are affected by tech development in Silicon Valley and Bangalore. 

19 Tips for Software Engineers in 2019 | Emma Wedekind
Whether you're new to coding or not, here are some tips for things you can do and learn in 2019. 
Level Up
Learn, grow, & get promoted. 
12 Things You Must Do To Get A Junior Dev Job | Kelli Smith
Even if you're not ready to start applying, here are some things you can start doing to prepare for your job search. 

What it Takes to Get Hired in UX (Advice From Hiring Managers) | Mila Hadzhiracheva
You don't need to be a design school grad. In this piece, several hiring managers talk about what they're looking for when hiring junior UX designers. 

How to Get Hired as a Data Scientist | Jeremie Harris
Don't follow the herd. Tips on how to get your first job as a Data Scientist, "including advice on how to step out of your comfort zone and sometimes overlooked important skills that will impress employers."

How to Get Into Infosec | secjuice
How @InfoSecSherpa went from librarian to cyber analyst. 

Ultimate List of Coding and Tech Resources | @imanialexis (github)
Tutorial sites, communities, podcasts, newsletters, and more. Whether you're just starting to code, or you're experienced but want to learn something new, here's a great list of coding resources to check out. 

Salary Negotiation: Make More Money, Be More Valued | Patrick McKenzie
Know your worth, and ask for it. Salary negotiation can be awkward, but don't let that stop you from getting paid what you're worth. This is a great, in-depth piece about why you should negotiate, and how. 

We Are All Awesome - Learn to Be a Tech Speaker 
You should consider giving a talk this year. This is a great resource on how to speak at your first tech conference. 

Codier.io - Frontend Coding Challenges 
Work on your frontend skills with these fun coding challenges.  
Events & Opportunities
Conferences, scholarships, & other opportunities.
Forward Fund Grant | Chicagoland, IL
If you live in the Chicago area, get a $1200 grant towards your creative project or business. "Forward Fund Grants are available for individuals, or small groups of collaborators who need a little extra support to make their project a reality. Applicant must identify as a woman, nonbinary, or gender nonconfirming." Apply by January 27th

Code & Supply Scholarship Fund | Pittsburgh, PA
If you live in Pittsburgh, apply for a scholarship to attend or speak at a tech conference. 

DevFest Florida | Orlando, FL - January 19
"DevFest Florida brings together the world class experts in Android, Web and Cloud technologies to Orlando for 1 day of sessions, workshops and showcases." 

Black Googler Network UK Hackathon | January 26
Apply by January 12th. For coders and designers between the ages of 18 and 25.

Webbing Networking Events | NYC - Multiple Events in January
Webbing does networking events, but in a fun way, with activities like rock climbing and wine tasting. They have several upcoming events in January. 

ServerlessDays Cardiff (Scholarships Available) | Cardiff, UK - January 30
"This event is for everyone from experienced serverless developers to those who've only heard the buzzword and want to understand more." Find out about scholarships here

Speaker Bootcamp - Amplifying New Voices | San Francisco - March 17
For game or XR devs who want to grow professionally and as a public speaker. Applications due January 11th. 

Game Developers Conference (Scholarships Available) | SF - March 18-22
Find out about scholarships here.

useR! 2019 Conference (Scholarships Available) | Toulouse, France - July 9-12
Find out about scholarships here.
Keziyah's Picks
Apps, tools, and other things I like.
Hack Design - A Design Course by Email 
A free design course for non-designers.

Focus - Block Distracting Websites and Apps
"Reclaim your productivity by using the best distraction blocker for the Mac. Block distracting websites and apps like Facebook, so you can finally get some work done (and some peace)."

FontSpark - Discover Fonts for Your Project 
Instead of using the same 3 or 4 fonts in all your projects, use FontSpark to discover new fonts among the most popular on the web. 
Jobs
Gotta pay the rent. 
Remember, if you don't meet all the requirements, apply anyway.
Coding it Forward - Civic Digital Fellowship | Washington, DC 
They are looking for designers, developers, data scientists, and product managers. Applications close January 5th. 

Venmo - Multiple Engineering Positions | San Francisco

Figma - Product Designer (Growth) | San Francisco

6 River Systems - Software Engineering Co-op | Waltham, MA

Brand Institute - Junior Software Engineer | Miami, FL

Nebulab - Ruby on Rails Dev  | Remote

Beachy - UX/UI Designer  | Remote


Chatham Financial - Junior Full Stack Dev | Kennett Square, PA

Alasco - Frontend React Dev | München, Germany
This week, I'm working on cool stuff. 

Until next week,

Keziyah
 
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