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Issue #16 - January 23rd, 2019
One. Thousand.
We now have over 1000 subscribers!!!! 

Thank you so much for subscribing and sharing the newsletter with people you know. I only started this newsletter in October, and I really didn't know if very many people would subscribe. I mean, 1000?!? Imagine 1000 people sitting in your living room. I guess they wouldn't fit. But that's a lot of people!

I've started a Patreon for the newsletter and possible future projects, like the YouTube channel we talked about a couple weeks ago. Or maybe a podcast. Or maybe an online community in Facebook or Slack? Or maybe something else? 
Anyway, I would really appreciate your support. 
. . .

What does "junior" mean?

Last week on Twitter, some of us talked about what the term "junior" means, whether or not it's a bad word, and whether titles like junior, mid-level, and senior should be removed from our vocabulary. I've been thinking a lot about this lately. Something that's really interesting to me is that everyone seems to have a different idea of how many years of experience a junior has. I always thought it was 3 or less. But some people say it's just 1 year. Anyway, I'm planning on writing a blog post about this sometime, but would love you know what you all think. 
I started a Patreon page last week. And I want to give a HUGE shout out to the first patrons, Nikema,  Amin, & Lindsey!

If you find value in this newsletter/job board and want to see it improve and continue, and/or you're interested in seeing a Juniors in Tech online community, podcast, or YouTube channel, consider becoming a patron.

I've set some goals that you can read more about on the page. The first two are: 
  • Searchable resource database: I'd want to make it easy to search through the links I put in the newsletter. So, if you were looking for a conference scholarship or code tutorial that you remember seeing in the newsletter, for example, instead of looking through all the newsletters, you would be able to search for it on the website. 
  • Improved job board: I'd want to add more jobs from more locations, add more non-dev jobs, and make it better at filtering out senior roles. My original intention was to train a machine learning model that would decide if a job was senior level or not, which would make it easier to filter out those roles. I'd like to work on this as well. (Does anyone know of a dataset I could use for this?)
You can read about the other goals on the page. Thank you so much for your support. 
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Things to read on the commute. 
How to talk to women (or anyone) in tech on Twitter | @endingwithali
Please read this. It's important. If you're going to cold email/DM someone in tech (especially if you're a man contacting a woman), there are ways to do it that are professional, respectful, and efficient. And then there are ways to do it that are disrespectful, waste people's time, and may creep someone out. 

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up Online | Kristen Kozinsky
Marie Kondo has everyone cleaning out their closets. But should you be tidying up online, too?

Hacked Instagram Influencers Rely on White-Hat Hackers to Get Their Accounts Back | Joseph Cox
Apparently influencer hacking is a huge problem on Instagram. 

How a New York Times engineer overcame obstacles to find her passion for code  | Charity Corcino
Charity writes about her career path, overcoming obstacles, and her top tips for people learning to code. 
Level Up
Learn, grow, & get promoted. 
3 reasons why a11y is NOT an edge case | Lindsey Kopacz
You don't want to get sued like Beyonce. But besides that, it's important for all of us to make sure what we build is accessible because it's the right thing to do. Here are a few reasons why accessibility should be at the forefront of the development process, instead of just an afterthought.

Building Brand Loyalty and Reducing Anxiety with UI Animations | Flow
How to use animation to reduce user anxiety when doing routine actions like saving, logging in, and viewing errors. 

TensorFlow Video Tutorials + Code | @HvassLabs
A set of 23 beginner-friendly TensorFlow video code along tutorials. 

How to use Google Sheets as a CMS or Database | Toni Codina
Using a spreadsheet as a database or CMS is a really easy way to set up a website or blog, or test a product idea. Airtable is a good option for this, but if you'd rather use Google Sheets, this tutorial will show you how. 

Google UX Playbooks | @kieranheadley
A list of links to Google's UX playbooks for news, travel, lead gen, finance, and retail. 

15 tips on how to improve as a junior developer | Natasha Postolovski
Tip #14: Expose your ignorance, daily.

How to choose the right machine learning algorithm  | Rajat Harlalka
"Machine learning is part art and part science. When you look at machine learning algorithms, there is no one solution or one approach that fits all."

What Makes a Good Conference Speaker? | Code Newbie
(PODCAST) "Lara Hogan, who literally wrote the book on public speaking, and Kelsey Hightower, speaker and chair of many tech conferences, join us to share their personal speaking stories (and nightmares!) and the common mistakes they see first-time speakers make."

How to land your first junior UX job | Andrew Smyk
Why you should do informational interviews, how to talk about your design process, and more.  

Learn about distributed systems with BaseDS | Vaidehi Joshi
A beginner friendly blog series about distributed systems. New posts every other Wednesday. 

How to get into pentesting | Cybrary
A helpful collection of links about getting into pentesting. Learn about the career path of a pentester, interviewing, tutorials, and more. 

How Ali Spittel Writes Blog Posts | Ali Spittel
Ali Spittel explains her process of writing a tech blog post, from idea to publishing. Arielle Hale made a Trello board based on this post that you can clone and use for your next blog. 
Events & Opportunities
Conferences, scholarships, & other opportunities. Pre-Accelerator for Female Founders | Remote
"Atto is an online-driven pre-accelerator program designed to help female founders launch tech companies in an independent, scalable, and sustainable manner." The program is for first time early stage founders (even if all you have is an idea), is cost free and equity free, and is run by serial entrepreneur Kate KendallApplications close on Friday, January 25th and the first cohort starts in early February. (I applied to this and you should too!)

Aspen Tech Policy Hub Fellowship 
This looks like an amazing opportunity. If you're interested in tech & policy, this program is a great (paid) opportunity to use your tech skills to propose policy solutions to some of our most important problems. "Incubator fellows are not expected to have previous policy expertise or degrees, as we welcome innovative approaches and give a crash course on policymaking. Founder or company staffer? Think-tanker? Faculty or student? You’re all welcome." See this Twitter thread for more info. Apply by February 27th. 

PerfMatters Conference (Scholarships Available) | April 2-3, Redwood City, CA
A conference on frontend web performance. Includes talks, workshops, and a hackathon.

Global Diversity CFP Day | March 2nd, Local Events Worldwide
Attend a Global Diversity CFP Day workshop to help you plan your first tech talk. "There will be numerous workshops hosted around the globe encouraging and advising newbie speakers to put together your very first talk proposal and share your own individual perspective on any subject of interest to people in tech."

Health Experience Design Conference | April 2-3, Boston, MA
"We believe in the power of design to drive much needed change in health. As the annual conference hosted by Mad*Pow’s Center for Health Experience Design, the Health Experience Design Conference provides a unique crossroads for a diverse community of executives and practitioners in design, innovation, research, strategy, and technology to help accelerate the transformation of our health system."

UX Istanbul | February 19th, Istanbul

UX Burlington | May 3rd, Burlington, VT

RevolutionConf 2019 | June 6-7, Virginia Beach, VA
"RevolutionConf was founded on the idea of uniting software developers of all backgrounds. You are not defined by your programming language, your operating system, or your development environment. You are awesome because you sling code."

Reactathon Dev Conference | March 30-31, San Francisco
"Reactathon is where the world's leading front-end developers converge. The conference features an evening reception with Topic Tables and Lightning Talks, plus a full day of technical talks on all things React." There will also be a hackathon. 

PyCon 2019 (Scholarships Available) | May 1-9, Cleveland, OH
Talks, workshops, a job fair, and more. 

NG-DE call for papers | August 30-31, Berlin
A conference on Angular. CFP due March 17th. Your ticket, travel, and accommodation will be covered if your talk is selected. 

Dev Degree 
"With Dev Degree, students work on development teams at Shopify in parallel with their university studies, instead of alternating terms in the classroom and the workplace. They are granted academic credits for their work at Shopify, so they complete their honours degree in computer science in four years with 4500+ hours of work experience. Shopify pays students' tuition, a competitive salary, and vacation, for a total financial support of more than $160,000." Apply by February 18th

Global Game Jam | Worldwide, January 25-27
"The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development."

Theorizing The Web 2019 | Queens, NY, April 12-13
"Theorizing the Web is an event held annually since 2011 for critical, conceptual conversations about technology and society. We believe social theory has a larger role to play in our conversations about technology. While there are plenty of individual arguments, datasets, and policy proposals out there, what often gets overlooked are the larger frameworks, histories, and literatures."

self.conference CFP (Scholarships available) | Detroit, MI, June 7-8
"We're looking for 45 minute long talks on both technical and people topics. This means anything from web,mobile, and back end concurrent systems to talks about accessibility, team communication, inclusivity, and mental health." Travel and accommodation may be covered. The deadline is February 18th. Applications for scholarships open on March 31st. 

JSConf US 2019 - CFP (Scholarships Available) | Carlsbad, California, August 12-14
If your talk is selected, travel and accommodation may be covered. This conference offers childcare to all attendees. The scholarship program opens on April 1st. The CFP is due on March 1st

JSConf Budapest 2019 - CFP (Scholarships available) | Budapest, September 26-27
They seem to be very open to first time speakers. "There are about a million reasons why you don’t consider yourself a speaker. We are here to prove you wrong. If all you have is a gut feeling that you should be on stage, we are here to reach out and help you to develop or hone the skills you think you lack to deliver a great presentation." Applications close on March 10th. Travel and accommodation are covered if you are selected to speak. Info about scholarships is coming soon. 

Pitch a Story to Increment 
"Increment is a print and digital magazine published by Stripe that explores the state of the tech industry. We're currently considering pitches that address technical topics with creativity and precision. We’re looking for finely crafted work that goes above and beyond. All accepted stories will go through a rigorous editorial review."
Keziyah's Picks
Apps, tools, and other things I like.
Realtime Board
A real time virtual whiteboard for cross-functional team collaboration. 

Fluent Express 
Get your email, blog post, or other English text proofread by a real person, almost instantly. 

Wave Web Accessibility Tool
Use this tool to check the accessibility of your webpages. 

Deep Angel
An AI tool that erases objects from photographs. 

Record any conversation over the web and have it sound like you're in the same room with the other person.
Gotta pay the rent. 

By the way, the jobs listed here aren't necessarily on the job board. The job board pulls jobs from an API, while the jobs below are just jobs I find on Twitter or in Slack channels or somewhere else. So if you're looking for a job, make sure to look at both the newsletter jobs and the job board. 

Also, some of the jobs here and on the job board may be mid-level. (If you see any senior jobs on the board, it's a mistake. My code is supposed to filter those out, but it's not perfect). Either way, please don't take the number of years of experience too seriously. If it says 2 years of experience and you only have 1 or less, you should still apply anyway. Job requirements are often exaggerated. Be confident and show them that you can do the job anyway. 
Point Jupiter - Frontend Dev and Backend DevCroatia
The job listings are in Croatian. 

Fracta - UX Designer | Remote (must be able to work in the US)

Thrive Global - Frontend Software Engineer | Remote

Chegg -
Software Engineer | NYC 

Wide Eye - Frontend Developer | Washington, DC 

Messly - Frontend & Full Stack JavaScript Devs | London

Snowball - Multiple Tech Roles | Skien, Norway

Designer/Developer (hybrid), Frontend Developer, Backend Developer, Interaction Designer, Data Scientist

New York Times - Product Designer | NYC

nclud - Full Stack Developer | DC, NYC

MongoDB - Product Designer | NYC

Squarespace - Engineering and Design roles | NYC

Intrepid - Experience Designer | Boston, MA

G2 Crowd - Junior Software Engineer | Chicago, IL

1904 Labs - Multiple Engineering and Design roles | St. Louis, MO

Urban Airship - Web Engineer | Portland, OR

Thesis - Web Designer | Brooklyn, NY

Medidata - Full Stack Developer | NYC

Junior Mobile Engineer - Expensify | SF

Plaid - UX Researcher | Visual Designer | Product Designer | SF

CSIS - UX Designer | Copenhagen

Canonical - Frontend Web Dev | London

A Million Ads - Frontend Engineer | London
This week, I'm heading to Medellin. 

Until next week,

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