Git Merge scholarships and more

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Brussels will play host to Git Merge 2017 in February, and planning is already well underway.

We're building Git Merge to be welcoming to and supportive of everyone in the vibrant Git community. To this end, 100% of conference proceeds will once again go to the Software Freedom Conservancy to protect and further FLOSS projects. We are also pleased to offer scholarships as part of our commitment to accessibility and inclusion at GitHub events and to bring Git Merge to a wider audience.

The Git Merge scholarships consist of a number of discounted student tickets and complimentary tickets for people from currently underrepresented groups in tech. We reserve 10% of tickets to all of our events for scholarships and distribute them through partner organizations in the area serving technologists from underrepresented groups. The Git Merge 2017 partners are Rails Girls Belgium, part of the global Rails Girls movement for women in tech, and Operation Code which supports military veterans and their families learning to code.

Finally, for the first time, we are taking individual applications for scholarship tickets through the Travis Foundation's Diversity Tickets program which makes it easier for events of any size anywhere in the world to reach a more diverse audience. Applications close on January 13th, so there's still time to apply and spread the word!

Save the date: GitHub Universe 2017

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GitHub Universe returns in 2017, and we already have some surprises in store for you. Mark your calendars for October 10-12, 2017 at Pier 70 in San Francisco.

Super Early Bird Tickets available now

We're releasing a limited amount of tickets at a super early bird price of $199 USD. There are only 100 tickets available, so make sure to snag yours before they run out.

Audience at GitHub Universe

GitHub Universe is the three-day event for people making the future of software. Immerse yourself in creativity and curiosity with the largest software community in the world. The event is packed with advanced training, deep dives on open source projects, keynotes from industry experts, and a look into successful software teams.

Check out the videos from 2016 at githubuniverse.com.

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Git Merge 2017: the full agenda is now live

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The complete agenda for Git Merge 2017 is now live. Check it out.

Learn how companies like Facebook, Microsoft, GitHub, Autodesk, Yubico, MIT, Atlassian, and the Software Freedom Conservancy are using Git and how you can apply their process within your team. You'll also meet other developers and join hands-on training courses.

Sample sessions

Scaling Mercurial at Facebook: Insights from the Other Side
Facebook uses Mercurial to host some of the largest, fastest growing distributed version control repositories in the world. In this session they’ll talk about the specific technical and user experience improvements they’ve open sourced to handle our growing scale, with an emphasis on lessons relevant to Git and the Git community.

Git LFS at Light Speed
Git and its extensions are becoming more popular than ever. However, certain use cases may still be suboptimal. We identified a way to dramatically improve performance in a popular Git extension—LFS (Large File Storage)—that required changes to both Git Core and the extension itself. We’ll walk you through the process of a successful contribution to each project with the help of mailing lists and pull requests. If you already have a bit of Git command line knowledge then this talk will prepare you for your first contribution to Git, an extension, or both.

Top Ten Worst Repositories to Host on GitHub
In this talk we'll see what technologies GitHub has developed to handle the more challenging repositories and use-cases, from heuristics to replication and quotas, as well as what it takes to backup this data.

Confirmed speakers

Karen Sandler - Executive Director at Software Freedom Conservancy
Karen M. Sandler is the executive director of the Software Freedom Conservancy. Karen is known for her advocacy for free software, particularly as a cyborg in relation to the software on medical devices. Prior to joining the Conservancy, she was executive director of the GNOME Foundation. Before that, she was general counsel of the Software Freedom Law Center. Karen co-organizes Outreachy, the award-winning outreach program for women. She is also pro bono lawyer to the FSF and GNOME. Karen is a recipient of the O’Reilly Open Source Award and cohost of the oggcast Free as in Freedom.

Durham Goode - Tech Lead, Source Control Team at Facebook
Durham is the tech lead on the Source Control team at Facebook. He has spent the past four years making distributed version control scale to some of the largest repositories in the world. He has helped teach thousands of engineers to use source control and has a keen interest in making it more approachable to everyone.

Caren Garcia - Implementation Engineer at BazaarVoice
Caren is an Implementation Engineer at BazaarVoice in Austin, Texas. She's an organizer for her local chapter of Women Who Code, a perennial optimist and enjoys delicious German beers, fika, tacos, and travel. She is an Alumna of and Teaching Assistant at the University of Texas.

Santiago Perez De Rosso - PhD Student, Software Design Group at MIT
Santiago P. De Rosso is a PhD student in the Software Design Group at MIT. He used to work at Google, developing tools to make engineers more productive. He currently spends most of his time thinking about how to make software and the process of software engineering better.

In-Depth Workshops

Git and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
We searched the world over for the gnarliest, most terrifying Git scenarios we could find. In this caffeine-fueled session, you will learn how to use some of the more advanced porcelain commands to detangle all the things.

The Battle for Sub-premacy
Submodules or Subtrees? Both are proposed as solutions for handling dependencies. In this session the gloves are coming off. Which one will win it all?

Jedi Mind Tricks for Git
Learn to channel the Git force and improve your workflows using customized configurations, attributes, and hooks.

Repo 911
Is your repository out of control? Is it so unwieldy and awkward you are embarrassed to be seen with it? It's time to take control. Learn how to clean up your repository with filter-branch and BFG, then use git-lfs for a healthier tomorrow.

Git Simple: Writing Primary Git Functionalities in Ruby
Git can seem unapproachable to new users. Even more seasoned users can forget the simplicity that underpins Git. In this session, we will write the remedial functionalities of Git in Ruby. Because of Ruby's approachable syntax, no previous Ruby experience is needed to follow this talk.

See you in Brussels!

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Git Merge 2017 tickets are now available

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Tickets for Git Merge 2017 are now on sale 🎉

Git Merge is the pre-eminent Git-focused conference: a full day offering technical talks and user case studies, plus a full day of pre-conference, add-on workshops for Git users of all levels. Git Merge 2017 will take place February 2-3 in Brussels.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Durham Goode, Facebook
  • Santiago Perez De Rosso, MIT
  • Carlos Martin Nieto, GitHub

Workshops
Git users of all levels are invited to dive into a variety of topics with some of the best Git trainers in the world. Learn about improving workflows with customized configurations, submodules and subtrees, getting your repo under control, and much more. Workshops are included in the cost of a conference ticket, but space is limited. Make sure to RSVP when you get your conference ticket.

Sponsorship Opportunities
By sponsoring Git Merge, you are supporting a community of users and developers dedicated a tool that's become integral to your development workflow. Check out the Sponsorship Prospectus for more information.

Tickets
Tickets are €99 and all proceeds are donated to the Software Freedom Conservancy. General admission also includes entrance to the after party.

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GitHub is headed to AWS re:Invent

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The GitHub team is getting ready for AWS re:Invent on November 28, and we'd love to meet you there.

Why? GitHub works alongside AWS to ensure your code is produced and shipped quickly and securely, giving you a platform that plugs right into existing workflows, saving time and allowing your team to use tools they’re already familiar with. And at AWS re:Invent, we’re hosting events throughout the week to help you learn how GitHub and AWS work together.

Level up your DevOps program

DevOps is a never-ending journey, and implementing the best tools and practices for the job is only the beginning. Hear from Accenture Federal Services’ Natalie Bradley and GitHub’s Matthew McCullough about how GitHub Enterprise and AWS formed the backbone of a DevOps program that not only raised code quality and shipping speed, but defined how to scale tools for thousands of users.

Unwind at TopGolf

Join us on Tuesday, the 29th for a party at TopGolf—the perfect place to unwind from a full day of travel, training, or meetings. Tee time is 7:30 PM at the MGM Grand. RSVP today.

Meet with GitHub Engineers

You'll also have a chance to get some in-depth advice from our team of technical Hubbers headed to Vegas by scheduling a 1:1 chat with them.

You can visit the Octobooth on the expo floor to watch live demos, talk to one of our product specialists, or just grab some swag. Stop by and say hi at booth #607.

Save the Date: Git Merge 2017

Git Merge 2017 February 2-3 in Brussels

We’re kicking off 2017 with Git Merge, February 2-3 in Brussels. Join us for a full day of technical talks and user case studies, plus a day of pre-conference workshops for Git users of all levels (RSVP is required, as space is limited). If you’ll be in Brussels for FOSDEM, come in early and stop by. Just make sure to bundle up!

Git Merge is the pre-eminent Git-focused conference dedicated to amplifying new voices from the Git community and to showcasing thought-provoking projects from contributors, maintainers, and community managers. When you participate in Git Merge, you’ll contribute to one of the largest and most forward-thinking communities of developers in the world.

Call for Speakers
We're accepting proposals starting now through Monday, November 21. Submit a proposal and we’ll email you back by Friday, December 9. For more information on our process and what kind of talks we’re seeking, check out our Call For Proposals (CFP).

Code of Conduct
Git Merge is about advancing the Git community at large. We value the participation of each member and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Check out our Code of Conduct for complete details.

Sponsorship
Git Merge would not be possible without the help of our sponsors and community partners. If you're interested in sponsoring Git Merge, you can download the sponsorship prospectus for more information.

Tickets
Tickets are €99 and all proceeds are donated to the Software Freedom Conservancy. General Admission includes access to the pre-conference workshops and after party in addition to the general sessions.

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See you in Brussels!

New to InnerSource? A panel of experts talk through the corporate version of open source

Most developers are already familiar with the concept of InnerSourcing, although many have never called it that. InnerSource is simply using best practices and methodologies from open source development in a confined corporate environment. Several large organizations have already embraced these processes to great advantage, and a few of them came together at GitHub Universe to discuss how their teams are benefitting.

Kakul Srivastava, VP of Product Management at GitHub, moderated a panel featuring Panna Pavangadkar, Global Head of Engineering Developer Experience at Bloomberg, Yasuhiro Inami, iOS Engineer at Line, Joan Watson, Director of Engineering IT at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Jeremy King, Senior Vice President and CTO for Global eCommerce at Walmart, and Jeff Jagoda, Senior Software Engineer at IBM.

During the course of the 45-minute discussion, panelists offered anecdotes and examples of the many positive ways InnerSource practices have impacted their teams — not a small feat when it comes to enacting change in highly structured, highly distributed companies with thousands of developers all over the world. Across the board, panelists reported seeing not only increased collaboration between previously siloed teams, but also a reduction in bottlenecks, as well as increased communication on projects.

“Once you embrace it [InnerSource] and see new teams come on, you show examples of places where not only can people contribute, you unlock bottlenecks,” said Walmart’s Jeremy King. “When you're working with large software companies, on lots of different projects, you end up having inherent bottlenecks in some team or another — and it’s awesome to have another team come in and say, ‘I can fix this bug’ or ‘I can add this feature’, without impacting the overall roadmap of that important group.”

From shorter shipping times to community development to designing innovative products, InnerSource has evolved the workflow of teams operating on an enormous scale — however, the advantages of the InnerSource process can benefit teams of all sizes by introducing the collaborative and creative principles of open source development.

Learn more about how InnerSource practices can impact your teams by watching the full video below:

Mission Report: GitHub Universe

Audience at GitHub Universe

On September 14 in San Francisco, more than 1,500 developers helped us kick off GitHub Universe and share stories about open source, workplace best practices, and how the GitHub Community builds software. In case you missed it, here are some highlights, along with the new features and community updates announced:

We started day one with a keynote by GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath, who shared a few brand new developments from around the GitHub Universe. We were also joined by CEO of Black Girl's Code Kimberly Bryant and White House Senior Technology Officer Alvand Salehi. For more details, check out the launch post.

On day two, we heard a keynote from GitHub's VP Social Impact Nicole Sanchez, Dr. Kortney Ziegler, and David Molina of Operation Code who shared their thoughts on training new developers and expanding opportunities to participate in technology for people from all backgrounds

Code Review

Our new Reviews improves code review on GitHub and helps you share the weight of building software. Reviews allow you to comment on specific lines of code, formally “approve” or “request changes” to pull requests, and more. Our initial changes are only the first step of a much greater roadmap toward faster, friendlier code reviews.

Projects

With Projects, you can organize work from your GitHub repositories and integrate project management into your development cycle without skipping a beat (or even opening a new browser tab).

Although we’ll quickly add to Projects, our initial release currently supports:

  • A New Projects tab–at the same level as Code, Issue, Pull Requests within a repository–that lists all of your projects
  • Workflow columns that you can name and reorder
  • Cards that you can drag and drop between columns pointing to issues, Pull Requests, or notes
  • Tools built on top of Projects by some fantastic partners, including Waffle.io and ZenHub

Platform updates

We launched a few things to make integrating with GitHub a better, more enjoyable experience, including a public Platform Roadmap and the GitHub Platform Forum. We also launched two new projects to make our platform more flexible:

Breakout sessions

Our breakout sessions this year covered everything from product updates and applications to building more diverse and inclusive engineering teams. All of the talks from the general sessions are ready for you to watch from home—and recordings of the Launch, Flight, and Orbit breakouts will be available soon.

Benefit concert

We ended Monday at The Masonic with the Big Bang—a benefit concert for Black Girls Code. Artist and actor COMMON headlined with support from Lion Babe. Head to www.blackgirlscode.com to learn more about BGC's work and find out how you can help them reach their mission to teach one million girls to code.

Sponsors

GitHub Universe would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors, who provided food, juice, coffee, bubble tea, and beautiful art installations for our enjoyment.

Sponsors of GitHub Universe

Thank you

And finally, thank you to our community for making all of this possible—and helping GitHub Universe take flight.

Watch GitHub Universe Live: September 14 and 15

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Couldn't make it out to San Francisco for GitHub Universe this week? We've got you covered. Every session from the main stage to breakout sessions are being recorded and live streamed on the GitHub Universe website starting today at 10AM. This is your chance to hang out with all of our featured speakers from home.

Highlights

  • Opening keynote from Chris Wanstrath, CEO and Co-Founder, GitHub
  • Roman Mars will be doing his 99% Invisible podcast live from our stage
  • Fireside Chat with Bret Taylor, CEO and Co-Founder, Quip
  • Hear how The White House builds trust through data transparency from Clarence Wardell, Member of USDS
  • Join Benjamin, AI screenwriter of Sunspring, along with his human chaperones Oscar Sharp and Ross Goodwin, as we explore the potential of writing machines and augmented creativity
  • Learn about Open Source challenges from GitHub, Salesforce Desk, Netsuite, and more
  • Learn how your company can decrease time to market and increase ROI with InnerSource from Bloomberg, Line, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Walmart, and IBM
  • Hear how to actually make a difference with diversity and inclusion

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And much more. Head over to to the live stream now to check out the full lineup.

Hands-on workshops and training sessions at Universe

GitHub Universe September 2016

GitHub Universe will kick off on Tuesday, September 13, with a fun-filled day of training organized into distinct tracks for GitHub power users and dev ops specialists. Reserve your spot now with the purchase of a general conference ticket. All trainings will take place at Dogpatch Studios.

Track 1: GitHub power users

Getting Started with InnerSource

Open Source has taught us a lot about collaborating on and crafting world-class software. In this session, you'll learn how to initiate an InnerSource transformation within your organization, so you may benefit, culturally and technologically, from the open source model.

Blasting Off with the GitHub API

New to API development? Come and get a head start with this guided tour of the GitHub API. You'll learn what's possible and pick up some reusable code you can apply to your own projects while following best practices.

Git Cozy

Sometimes mistakes are made. We're here to help you win the admiration of your family, friends, and coworkers when those mistakes involve Git.

Track 2: Dev ops

The Plumbers Guide to the Galaxy: Implementing a CI/CD Pipeline with GitHub

Learn to navigate the ecosystem that GitHub enables in this comprehensive tour of CI and CD best practices.

GitHub Integrations & the Project Lifecycle

Make the most of your best-of-breed integrations with GitHub. Join Heroku, ZenHub, and Snyk as we dive into tips, tricks, and best practices.

Life Embetterment with Hubot

ChatOps isn't just about automation. Hear about how to promote transparency, autonomy, and security within your organization.

Ask GitHub Services!

Want a chance to chat with experts about Git or GitHub after Training Day? Stop by the Ask Services booth at GitHub Universe (Sept. 14 - 15) to speak with a member of the Professional Services team. Sign up for this complimentary 30 minute session here.

Since we have a limited number of spots available, we'll handle all on a first-come-first-served basis.

GitHub Universe Community Partners

Community Partners are helping us build a diverse, inclusive environment at GitHub Universe. We select partners based on several criteria but the three main questions we ask ourselves when reaching out to partners are:

  • Do they have an audience that can benefit from complimentary tickets to the conference?
  • Does their work focus on lowering the barriers to entry for people from underrepresented backgrounds?
  • Are they making a positive social impact, namely in the geographic region where the conference is?

We know that the cost of attending a tech conference is prohibitive for far too many. We also know that bringing people from disparate backgrounds fosters innovation—something that our industry relies heavily on. Lastly, we're aware that folks across communities do work that makes the tech industry better for everyone. What better way to create the environment we want than to take the time to listen to members of our local community, create space for their voices, and include them in our efforts to put down roots of our own?

With that, we are honored to announce this year’s Community Partners for GitHub Universe. We are happy to host small groups from each of these organizations and we encourage you to learn more about them.

2016 GitHub Community Partners

Women Who Code:

Women Who Code East Bay is a local chapter of Women Who Code, an international nonprofit dedicated to providing free technical resources to women (including transgender and gender non-binary folks) world-wide. We partner with local tech companies to provide workshops, networking opportunities, and study groups to communities who have historically been denied access and strive to improve the industry through diversity.

Interested in getting involved?
Come to a meet up.


Year Up:

Year Up is a non-profit organization that has created a one-year intensive training and education program that provides high school graduates and GED recipients from the Bay Area with a combination of hands-on skill development and corporate internship opportunities. Its mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Our young adults develop valuable, in-demand skills, and our corporate partners gain access to a strong pipeline of talent to meet their hiring needs.

As technology companies continue to scale, their commitment to practices that support diversity and inclusion will be a key ingredient in their ability to access and secure high-level talent, enabling them to meet market demand.” – Allan Alday, Associate Director of Partner Relations, Year Up Bay Area


Tech Workers Coalition:

The Tech Workers Coalition stands with workers. We are a community-centered coalition of tech workers, labor organizers and community organizers. The Tech Workers Coalition seeks to redefine the relationship between tech workers and Bay Area communities. Through activism, civic engagement and education, we work in solidarity with existing movements towards social justice and economic inclusion.

Interested in getting involved?

We'll be meeting and greeting on Sept 27 at 6:30 pm to talk about upcoming actions and ways people can support. Email hello@techworkersco.org for details. Also join our newsletter at techworkerscoalition.org or follow us on Twitter @techworkersco for more events and updates.


Code Tenderloin:

Code Tenderloin is a workforce development start-up that provides job readiness, job training, and job placement for residents of the Tenderloin and other San Francisco communities that experience “Tenderloin-like” situations. Our mission is to quickly integrate marginalized communities into the burgeoning mid-market job economy so that all San Franciscans can share in the gains of local economic development and wealth creation. We work with citizens—typically 18 to 25 years old from communities of color and communities of low-income—who generally face the highest barriers to employment.

To distribute our tickets, we selected Code Tenderloin partners who have a passion to participate in the world of programming and all things tech-related; many are graduates from our inaugural June 2016 Code Ramp class.

Interview with Olivia Ross, Black Girls CODE alumna and game designer

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Olivia Ross is a high school sophomore at Phillips Exeter Academy. After teaching herself to code in junior high, she found herself addicted to this new medium for her creativity. Now a game designer, she's taken her coding skills and blended them with the humanities. As she explores the rapidly emerging field of interactive media arts, she volunteers as a technical instructor at Black Girls CODE events in NYC to help girls of color find that same creative energy within themselves and become the leaders of tomorrow.

She shared her thoughts with us on the mission of Black Girls CODE, the future of game design, and some advice for young women trying to break into tech.

How did you first discover you were interested in technology?

I was first interested in tech during spring break in sixth grade. My brother was in college, and he came home with a book about HTML and CSS. He was not particularly interested in it, and he tossed it aside somewhere. I found it and I was kind of fascinated by it.

After he took the book back to school, I tried to do some research online about web development and accidentally clicked “View Source.” I honestly thought I’d broken the browser. However, after googling the first line of the source code which happened to just be < header > tags, I realized that was what HTML looked like. I realized I never wanted to be confused about technology again. I wanted to understand everything about how it worked. Needless to say, I became a very proficient "Googler."

How did you become involved with Black Girls Code and what was the experience like?

The summer before sixth grade, I went to an environmental science camp. It was interesting and fun but after I discovered computing, I knew I’d rather spend the summer learning more about code indoors rather than swatting mosquitoes outdoors. I thought I'd continue to read all that I could find but my sister who lives in the Bay Area where Black Girls CODE originally started, told my mom about BGC New York chapter’s hackathon and signed me up.

It was a two-day hackathon where we built apps to combat domestic violence. My team won, and so we went to another hackathon at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, and I got to mentor another group, who won second prize.

I feel that if I hadn’t participated in BGC, I wouldn’t have discovered the greater possibilities around computer science—the fun parts. There were no CS programs at my school, so I was kind of on my own. It’s funny, but I really relate to the “brogrammer” stereotype, studying alone in my bedroom, huddled over my computer in the dark. What I discovered through BGC is that I enjoy coding in a group so much more than by myself. Through BGC, I also realized I didn’t have to divide myself between art and computer science—I can do both!

Black Girls Code helps girls participate in and create techology

Do you have any role models who have helped you along the way? Do you plan to mentor other young women in the future?

I did not have a role model in the literal sense. In the beginning, I was really only trying to see what I could learn on my own through online tutorials and group forums. After I went to a couple BGC meetups, I met a college student named Brianna Fugate. I aspired to be like her because not only was she so knowledgeable, she actively reached out to her community and mentored younger girls. I respect and prioritize that. I also have a lot of admiration for some female game designers that I follow on Twitter.

Computer science curriculum was non-existent at my school when I was first starting out. I consider myself pretty lucky to now be attending a high school that’s well known for having a strong computer science program, as well as a very active community of students who have a real passion for it. I’m excited to see what kind of programmer and artist I’ll become over the next few years in this environment.

Professionally, I want to work in STEM education. I think it’s really meaningful and important to make technology more diverse. STEM education and art—the intersection there is really important and cool.

What are some of your favorite projects that you’ve worked on? What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I’m pretty proud of the project I’m working on now for Uncharted Play. I’ve been developing a tabletop game to cement the topics within their core curriculum and to encourage convergent and divergent thinking in children. Despite being aimed at elementary schoolers, however, adults seem to find it pretty fun!

Another project I worked on at summer camp before 8th grade was published to the App Store, which felt really good to say just now. It’s called SuperBlock. It’s an infinite runner, similar to games like Temple Run, where you play as a rectangle that’s secretly a superhero. Your superpower gives you the option of growing taller or smaller. However, when you grow bigger, you’re too heavy to jump. The obstacles coming toward you come in varying sizes. When you’re big, you can just smash through the large obstacles but you have to quickly shrink to jump over the shorter ones. The game speeds up slowly to increase the difficulty while allowing users to learn how to play.

Through Black Girls CODE, I was able to present SuperBlock in front of hundreds of people (including White House CTO, Megan Smith) at the 2016 MAKERS Conference. While there remains a graveyard of unfinished projects on my computer, I think I will always be proud of that one.

SuperBlock, a funky infinite runner

What does the future hold for you? Do you have specific ideas about what you would like to do?

I definitely want to keep making games. I’d love to make a living off of developing games independently. However, I doubt I’d be able to make the next big thing right away—those kinds of things rarely happen on accident.

A really awesome job would be working in STEM education. I currently am the co-director of this organization of high-school students that put on STEM events in New York City. We’re called The Young Hackers and we’ve been around since 2014. The thing I adore most about working here is that I get to see real impact on my community. We create inspiring and inclusive spaces where children from all backgrounds and identities can discover what CS can offer them.

I also really love teaching. I’ve been volunteering at Black Girls CODE, most recently as a Technical Instructor. A few weeks ago, I taught a class full of twenty young girls between the ages of six and nine how to build apps in MIT App Inventor. I spent a good portion of a hackathon last weekend making a tutorial on web games in Phaser for a workshop I am planning. Working at places like Khan Academy, Sesame Workshop, or even making learning games like I do for Uncharted Play would be amazing to continue to do in the future.

What advice would you give to a young black woman who is wondering about how to get into technology but is feeling discouraged or nervous?

I think that if someone wants to get into the field of technology, you should know straight away that finding people who look like you is going to be very difficult. I have yet to go to a hackathon that the Young Hackers didn’t organize where I could quickly find another black girl. Don’t have any shame in taking advantage of every single opportunity. They don’t exist to make things easier. They exist to level the playing field.

Even if you find that some places are hostile, there’s someone somewhere who wants you to work for them. It’s important to know that there are inclusive spaces if you look for them, where you can go and create, where people want to see you do well.

There are tons of ways to support Black Girls CODE and help young people get the foundation they need to do something amazing with technology. You can donate, mentor, or if you’re in the Bay Area, join us for a benefit concert featuring artist and actor Common.

More featured speakers added to the Universe lineup

GitHub Universe September 2016

GitHub Universe is just around the corner and we’ve added even more featured speakers and panels to the lineup.

Featured speakers

Roman Mars, 99% Invisible
Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible—one of the most popular podcasts in the world about design and architecture. Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People in 2013 and he was a TED main stage speaker in 2015.

Ross Goodwin and Oscar Sharp, Sunspring
Together these two created Benjamin, the world’s first A.I. screenwriter, and shot Sunspring, a sci-fi short film entirely written by an A.I. bot starring Silicon’s Valley’s Thomas Middleditch. Explore the potential of writing machines and augmented creativity in this featured session.

Machisté Quintana and Devin Foley, Slack
Hear how Slack builds their app with Electron, an open source framework that lets you create cross-platform desktop apps
with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS.

Hui Ding, Instagram
Learn about the tools Instagram has built and how they are used to optimize daily development flow and support a community that has doubled in size in just two years to more than 500 million users.

Interactive panels

Bloomberg, HPE, Walmart, and IBM
Hear how tech leaders across industries incorporate open source methodologies into the way they build and ship their own software.

Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and CMU
Learn what information you can glean from community activity on GitHub from leading researchers and open source teams at some of the largest software companies in the world.

Software is more than code, and at Universe we're exploring it all.

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Sponsors make Universe a better place

GitHub Universe September 2016

Gone are the days of booths and demos. GitHub Universe and Satellite sponsors help us make so much more possible. From food trucks and lounges to installations by local artists, our sponsors create beautiful, interactive experiences—not noise or sales pitches.

GitHub Universe—held September 13-15 in San Francisco—will bring together developers, open source advocates, systems and operations administrators, and entrepreneurs from across the GitHub community. This year’s sponsors are as varied as our crowd, and they’re helping us plan some special experiences that will provide something for everyone.

Octocat installation from Universe 2015

Interactive lounge from Universe 2015

Sponsorships touch all of GitHub Universe, including this year’s after party at the historic Masonic, The Big Bang. At The Big Bang, artist and actor COMMON will headline a benefit concert for Black Girls Code open to both conference attendees and the general public.

All of our sponsors have room to get creative at Pier 70 and the Masonic—and there's still time to make something magical happen. Get in touch this week or pick up tickets. You'll be in great company.

Thank you so much to our 2016 sponsors for joining our community and making Universe a better place.

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The full schedule for GitHub Universe 2016 is now live

Join us in San Francisco for three days filled with the creativity and curiosity of the largest software community in the world. GitHub Universe features two keynotes, six featured speakers, and 24 breakout sessions that dive deep into the technical and team challenges of building software.

Together we’ll explore what it takes to define the future of software. Hear how individuals and teams are using modern tools, processes, and cultures to tackle the ever-expanding challenges we face. We’ll look at ways to apply that software to impact everything from communities to businesses. Check out the full schedule here.

Featured Speakers

Speakers at Universe 2016

GitHub Universe is all about developers, from best practices for workflows and techniques to an examination of the impact their work has on our world. The full program consists of advanced trainings, executive keynotes, two full days of content across three tracks, and a concert benefiting Black Girls Code.

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