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Issue #27 - April 24, 2019
Hi everyone. Hope you're having a great week. 

Remember to let me know what questions you think should go in this survey for hiring managers. I want to ask them a bunch of questions about hiring juniors in tech.
What's on my mind this week: 
  • AI is cool, but also kinda scary. Has the government scanned your face lately? I saw this thread on Twitter, in which someone talked about their face being scanned (instead of their boarding pass or passport) in order to check in for their JetBlue flight, and their consent wasn't given for this. Turns out, somehow JetBlue has access to facial recognition data from the US Department of Homeland Security. Last month when I was reentering the US, my face was scanned by the Global Entry border kiosk - I didn't even have to pull out my passport. (This is a new procedure that's being tested at some US airports.) And unlike the person who wrote that thread, it didn't occur to me to ask questions. That's what's most concerning to me. I just thought "hmmm, that's new. But kinda convenient I guess?" Yes, it's convenient, but also totally unnecessary and potentially dangerous. And I guess I'm worried that people will, like me, not be informed about the risks (or worse, not even care) with letting companies and government agencies have our biometric data. AI will change the world in the next several years, but it's up to us to make sure whether these changes are good or bad. And I think it starts with being informed about AI ethics and the risks of using AI in our everyday lives.
Things to read on the commute. 
You are smart enough to be a software developer | Emma Robbins
I delayed learning to code because I thought I wasn't smart enough. Or that I needed to be good at math and science. Or that I had to have a certain type of brain. Of course, all of that is incorrect. Coders aren't special or super smart, and none of us knows everything (which is why we spend half our time Google searing things). If you think that you're not the type of person who is meant to code, I'd encourage you to read this.

The secret history of women coding | Clive Thompson
A fascinating piece about how coding went an occupation that women were encouraged to pursue, to one that we are actively excluded from. "...Employers simply looked for candidates who were logical, good at math and meticulous. And in this respect, gender stereotypes worked in women’s favor: Some executives argued that women’s traditional expertise at painstaking activities like knitting and weaving manifested precisely this mind-set. (The 1968 book “Your Career in Computers” stated that people who like “cooking from a cookbook” make good programmers.)"

I quit my job | Lola Adekunle
I probably said "oh hell no" multiple times when listening to this podcast. This is a must-listen, especially if you're an underrepresented person in tech. Even if not, everyone can learn from this. It's really important to learn to spot red flags so you can make a plan to leave a bad/toxic work environment ASAP.
Get Hired
Get a job in tech.
Design Systems Jobs | @honzatmn
A curated list of coding and design jobs that have to do with building design systems. 

All the best advice we could find on how to get a job | Benjamin Todd
A really helpful read on how to treat the job search like a sales process, by making connections, getting leads, converting those into interviews and offers, and sealing the deal by negotiating.

How to handle gaps in job history | April Speight
Going between retail and tech careers made April's job history look unstable to recruiters. Despite this she was able to transition to tech, twice.

9 networking tips for introverts | Sharon Florentine
Good advice for those of us who are introverts. "Make sure you're taking the time to broaden the conversation beyond 'What job can you give me?' says Seidel. "The fact that you want a job is the elephant in the room, but asking about it can also be a conversation killer."
Level Up
Learn, grow, & get promoted. 
How to speak up and impact conversations as a junior | Sungjoon Steve Won
This is written for designers, but I think it's a good read for everyone. "Whether you are in the room amongst your peers, leads, managers, or directors, you shouldn’t be afraid to speak up. I’ve thought about what I tried when I was a junior designer, and put together a number of ways that worked for me."

A beginner's guide to linear regression in Python |  Nagesh Singh Chauhan
"What linear regression is and how it can be implemented for both two variables and multiple variables using Scikit-Learn, which is one of the most popular machine learning libraries for Python."

Create a dark/light mode switch with CSS variables | Ananya Neogi
How to let users enable dark mode in your web app.

Why I write, or how writing makes you a better UX designer | Chris Kiess
"Over many years, I have realized how closely writing mirrors what we do in design. In fact, I contend it make us better designers."

When to ask for help | Sarah Chima Atuonwu
"We need each other as developers. Sometimes we need to ask for help."
Events & Opportunities
Conferences, scholarships, & other opportunities.
Edie Windsor Coding Bootcamp Scholarship 
A bootcamp scholarship for LGBTQ women, non-binary, and trans people. 

Google 10 week machine learning intensive 
For college students. "The 10-week machine learning intensive gives students the strong computer science foundation they need to work with large datasets and solve real-world problems."
Gotta pay the rent. 
Skylight - Dev & design roles | Remote

Freelance dev opportunity for bootcamp grads | ?

"Instead of redoing my website myself, I'm hiring a few new coding bootcamp grads. I'm reviewing the code, so it'll be up to my standards. Will be something beautiful to put on their resume. email me jacobschatz at gmail if interested. It's an experiment that's gonna be great."

Thinkful - Software Engineer | Remote

I AM POP - Designer | Amsterdam

See this tweet

Latch - Engineering and Design roles | NYC, SF

Fitbod - Dev, Design, and Data Science roles | SF 

See this tweet

Nylas - Developer Success Engineer | SF, NYC US remote

HashiCorp - Product Engineer | Remote, US, Europe

VMware - Design roles | US, India, Bulgaria

Figma - Software Engineer Intern  and Software Engineer | San Francisco

Thomson Reuters - UX Designer | Ann Arbor, Michigan
See this tweet

UX Consultant | Manchester, UK
See this tweet

Syncta - UX/UI Designer, Freelance | LA, Remote

Auth0 - Product Designer | Remote

See this tweet. 

Freeagent - Software Engineer | Remote (UK)

B-Social - Product Designer | London
See this tweet

Yello - Product Designer | Chicago
See this tweet

FinanceIt - Dev and Design roles | Toronto

Lowes - UX roles | USA (?)

"Looking for UX talent (seasoned & early career) for future opportunities."

PrefectIO - freelance UX Researcher/Strategist | ?
".@PrefectIO is looking for a freelance UX Researcher/Strategist to evaluate our Cloud UI and lead the next round of usability testing in May. Interested? Send your resumé and any supporting materials to "

First Circle - UX Interns, Product Designers | The Philippines 
"We’re hiring UX interns, and Product Designers @firstcircleph (FinTech in the lovely & sunny Philippine islands ) - or slide in the DM’s! Open to local + foreign applicants"

Philharmonia Orchestra - Backend Dev | London

Attest - Backend Engineer | London

Cashmere - Backend Dev Intern, UI Designer | London (?)
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