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Issue #8 - November 28th, 2018

Hi everyone. If you'll be in London on January 19th and want a free ticket to the You Got This conference for juniors in tech, please see the info under the events section below. 

As I mentioned last week, I participated in the Product Hunt Makers Festival. Here are a few of my favorite projects that other folks made. 

1) - a personal assistant for your social life
2) Keepin it Feel - a personal reflection tool
3) Fully Connected - a weekly newsletter with short machine learning tutorials

I'm really glad I took the time to work on Revolnote. It's something I had been thinking about working on for a while, but I could never find the time. Plus, I don't think I've ever actually made and shipped something in a week. At least not since bootcamp. 

Check out the projects and vote on your favorite by Saturday at 11pm PST.

Things to read on the subway.

event-stream vulnerability explained
Zach Schneider
Did you hear about the whole event-stream mess? Basically, the owner of a Node package was no longer maintaining it, and handed it over to someone who offered to help. The new owner added malicious code to the package (which is used by millions of developers.) When this was discovered, no one knew what the code did. But as it turns out, the "script tries to steal your bitcoin wallet and upload it to the attacker’s server." If you just want the tea, then the GitHub issue thread is fun to read. But this blog post is a good technical explainer about what happened and how the code works. 

I'm harvesting credit card numbers and passwords from your site. Here's how.
David Gilbertson
Related to the post above, this is how someone would use an npm package to steal users' data. It really makes you think about how we use hundreds or thousands of these packages every day, not knowing exactly what's in them. Or just not caring. Or, trusting that everyone in the open source community has good intentions and would never do anything to harm developers or users. But with hundreds of thousands of packages on npm, can we really be sure about that?

Reading List: On Civic Design and the Midterm Elections in Florida
Dana Chisnell
If you live in the US you probably know that the midterm elections were kind of a mess. A lot of that was just blatant voter suppression (among other things) that us techies may not be able to fix. But if you're a civic designer, or are interested in civic design, you may have wondered how we can use design to make voting easier and more accessible. Dana Chisnell, co-founder of the Center for Civic Design, tweeted out this reading list to help designers learn more about the problems with elections and voting.
Learn stuff. Get promoted. 

Create Custom Keyboard Accessible Checkboxes
Lindsey Kopacz
Most of us design and build custom checkboxes in our projects. The problem is that they may not be accessible to people who only use keyboards. As Lindsey says, if the checkbox "field is required, you’re screwing over a bunch of your users." Lindsey explains how to make custom checkboxes more accessible in this blog post. 

What You Need to Know About Speaking at Conferences
Ashe Dryden
Perhaps giving a conference talk will be one of my goals for 2019. Here's a very practical guide to speaking at conferences. Covers everything from what to talk about to how to write an abstract/proposal. 

7 Unbreakable Laws of User Interface Design
Peter Vukovic
Definitely bookmarking this. Some really practical tips for your next UI design project. 
Conferences, scholarships, and other opportunities.

You Got This Conference for Juniors - Free Tickets
London, UK. January 19th, 2019
I was given 5 free tickets for this conference by the organizer, Kevin Lewis. If you'll be in London and are 100% sure you can attend the conference, just send me an email. 1 ticket per person. Preferably people who are underrepresented in tech, but if you're not in that category and otherwise wouldn't be able to go, you can email me anyway.

Otherwise, if you'd like to buy a ticket: "Tickets cost £50. If you choose to pay more, any amount over £50 will be donated to our inclusion programme." Also, Kevin said that if you're from the UK and also want travel and accommodation covered, you can apply at Contact the organizer if you need childcare assistance to attend the conference. 

Afrotech Fest Call for Submissions - Inexperienced Speakers Welcome
London, UK. April 2019. Talk proposals due January 13th, 2019 
(Not to be confused with Afrotech, the conference run by Blavity, which was in San Francisco a few weeks ago.)
Afrotech Fest is "a tech festival by and for Black people of African and Caribbean heritage." This is a great opportunity for first time speakers and juniors. "You don’t need to be an experienced speaker, or have years of experience in the tech industry. If you have an idea for a talk, workshop or art installation that explores technology, get in touch." They are looking for speakers on a wide variety of topics, and they "are particularly interested in receiving submissions from first-time speakers or workshoppers." 

Tech Intersections Conference for Womxn of Color
Oakland, CA. January 26th, 2019. 
"Tech Intersections provides a space for the womxn of color most underrepresented in tech to come together and learn from each other’s successes, challenges, and experiences." There will be talks on several different topics, including entrepreneurship, career skills, and technical skills. 
My top tools of the week. 

Design Roundup
A weekly newsletter with design resources. The website also has a selection of over 140 design resources. - Beautiful, Free Landing Page Templates for Startups
Great for side projects. I'm glad I used this for my latest landing page. Saved me so much time. - Free Illustrations to Use in Your Projects
A project by Katerina Limpitsouni. Another great free resource that I used for my latest project. There are tons of great illustrations. You can adjust the color scheme of each one, and download them as an SVG or PNG.
Gotta pay the rent.

Junior Frontend Developer/Designer
Super Hi. Remote. Applications close December 14th. 
"We’re looking for someone entry level who considers themselves a generalist with experience in both front-end development and design." (I love seeing hybrid dev/design roles like this one. They're so rare.)

Junior Visual Designer
Kinsa. San Francisco. 
Responsibilities include: "Create and redesign digital and print assets across a variety of platforms including: printed marketing materials, website assets, landing pages, social media content, emails, brand identity, powerpoint and presentation decks, infographics and iconography."
This week I'm: 
  • trying to understand code I wrote 2 weeks ago
Hope the rest of your week goes well, 

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Zeebra Labs project. 

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