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Issue #15 - January 16, 2019
Launch day!
Juniors in Tech is on Product Hunt today! Join the conversation here. 
Product Hunt Launch!
Juniors in Tech on Product Hunt

One day in September, I was still in my bed after just barely waking up, and a random thought came into my head: why isn't there a newsletter for juniors in tech?

Actually, the thought wasn't so random. It came about after being frustrated with the term 'junior' and what it means in this industry. It seems like 1) employers don't want to hire us, even though they should, and 2) people newer to the industry don't want to call themselves 'junior', and/or want to become 'senior' as soon as possible (does anyone else feel like this, or is it just me?). 

Like, why is being a junior in tech such a bad thing?

It's not. So I wanted to create something just for us. Something to help us find jobs, progress in our careers, and just be better at life. And something to help us celebrate our accomplishments. Just because we don't have a ton of experience, doesn't mean we can't do cool shit. That's why I've prioritized doing Q&As with people who are also juniors. 

So, a few months after that random half-asleep thought, here we are at close to 950 subscribers. 

You all are the real MVPs. Thank you so much for subscribing, and I hope each week you get something out of these emails. 

I'd really appreciate it if you visited the Product Hunt page, where you can tell everyone in the PH community what you like (or don't like) about the newsletter. 

Thank you so much!
Join the Conversation
New - Job Board
Yes, that's right, I finally made a half decent job board after procrastinating 3 months. 

Head to, and you can scroll through some entry level remote tech jobs

This is a V1 of what I want the job board to eventually be, so you might find a job that doesn't belong (like a non-tech job, or a senior job), or some bugs. Just let me know if you see anything like that. It's also pretty limited right now, but I'll be adding more jobs soon. 

If you would like to post a job for your company (with featured space on the job board and in the newsletter), you can fill out this form
Visit the job board
Things to read on the commute. 
How a Year of Conference Talks Broke Me | Eli Fitch
I know I'm always telling you all to consider speaking at a conference and I think you should. But there can be too much of a good thing. 

How much of the internet is fake?  | Max Read
A lot of it. Bots, clickfarms, "influencers"...are my subscribers even real?

The guide to remote work that isn't trying to sell you anything | Steph Smith
Lots of people want to work remotely, it seems.  But is it for everyone? And how do you even get started? What are the pros and cons, and what's it really like?
Level Up
Learn, grow, & get promoted. 
The Slack Bot Tutorial I Wish Existed | Faye Hayes
Building a Slack bot can be really confusing. Unless you read this tutorial first. 

3 UX takeaways from redesigning Google Translate | Pendar Yousefi
"What I learned through redesigning Google Translate’s website was that instead of trying to prevent or control the people’s aversion to change, it’s more productive to embrace it as an important part of the design process."

Tips for finding your first dev job | Molly Struve
Tip #2: Ask about opportunities even if there are no junior openings. 

Double Your Salary With This One Simple Trick | Matthew Gerstman
(VIDEO) Tips and tricks on how to negotiate your salary. Practical Deep Learning for Coders 
A free 7 week deep learning course. 

Seeing Theory: A Visual Introduction to Statistics
This is a beautiful and interactive intro to statistics and probability, built with D3.js. 

9 must have skills you need to become a data scientist 
#12 - Communication skills. "As a data scientist, you have to know how to create a storyline around the data to make it easy for anyone to understand."

7 Rules for creating gorgeous UI - Part 1 | Erik D. Kennedy
"If I’m any good at designing UI now, it’s because I’ve analyzed stuff — not because I came out the chute with an intuitive understanding of beauty and balance."

Learning to code? Get off the tutorial treadmill. | Aryan Jabbari
Doing fewer tutorials and working more on your own projects is when it really starts to get fun. 

Brain.js: Neural Networks in Javascript | Robert Plummer
A set of 19 tutorials on Brain.js, from the creator. 

Getting Started in CI/CD for Beginners  | @samsha1
Bookmarking this so I can finally learn what a container is. 
Events & Opportunities
Conferences, scholarships, & other opportunities.
Pursuit Fellowship - June 2019 Program
The fellowship provides training and career support to help fellows launch a career in tech. It begins with a 10-12 month training program. Early acceptance deadline: Feb 18. Regular deadline: March 24. 

Slack Mobile Meetup | SF, January 23rd
"Join us for an evening of tech discussions from Slack’s Mobile Engineering team. Learn about the technologies we’re building to facilitate work across the globe."

Developer Week SF (Volunteer for free registration) | SF, February 20-24
Apply to be a volunteer here

ProductCon (Free) | London & Virtual, February 28th
I enjoyed the last ProductCon livestream they had in October. If you're interested in product management as a career or just as someone who builds products, I would recommend this conference. 

TensorFlow Dev Summit | Sunnyvale, CA, March 6-7
In the application to request an invite, it tells you how to request a Women Techmakers travel grant. 

ConveyUX  (Student Scholarships| Seattle, WA, March 11-13
A UX conference. Student scholarships are very limited so apply ASAP.  

Epicurrence | Breckenridge, CO, March 21-22
"The most epic conference for creatives." Discounted tickets for students and underrepresented people. 

Rubyhack Conference (Scholarships available) | Sandy, Utah, April 4-5
Apply for a scholarship here

Rails Camp South (Scholarships available) | Bandera, TX April 5-8
"Rails Camp is a retreat for the software and design community to meet and learn from each other while getting out of the city to unplug around the campfire." Apply for a scholarship here

JS Conf EU & CSS Conf EU (Scholarships)
Scholarships for JS Conf EU. June 1st & 2nd, Berlin
Scholarships for CSS Conf EU. May 31st, Berlin
Apply for scholarships ASAP, especially if you would need visa assistance. 

Afrotech Fest - Apply to Speak | London, April 12-14
They have extended the deadline to January 20th. First time speakers are encouraged to apply. (volunteer for free registration) | SF Bay, April 15-17
" is a dedicated AI and machine learning conference for senior software engineers, architects, and technical managers." Learn about volunteering for free registration here

Google Conference & Travel Scholarships
See the link for more info about scholarships in your region. The upcoming scholarship deadline for North America is February 10th, for the Women in Cybersecurity Conference and NSBE 2019

Fullstack NYC 2019 (scholarships available) | May 16-17, NYC
The conference on JavaScript, Node and the Internet of Things. 

OpenGo (scholarships available) | May 18-19, Hollywood, FL
"Open Go is a conference that will focus on the open source community within the Go ecosystem. "

Chain React - Call for Speakers | Portland, OR, July 11-12
"Chain React is a conference for developers, designers, and anyone in tech looking to have fun and explore the future of React Native."

Toptal Scholarships for Women
"Toptal® is awarding $10,000 and a year of mentorship to five future female leaders who want to change the world." Applications still open for Europe and the Americas. 
Keziyah's Picks
Apps, tools, and other things I like.
A comprehensive list of design resources. 

I've needed this my whole life. Enhance mailto links with a convenient UI. 

A service that pairs you with a virtual co-working buddy so you won't get distracted.
An open source security checklist to help you stay safe online. 

AI powered automatic time tracking. 
Gotta pay the rent. 
Check out the remote entry level roles on the job board.
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 reprioritizing. 

Until next week,

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