Welcome back! It's been a long break and we're excited to share with you our November event:
As technologists we're shaping the future that we're all going to live in. What does that future look like and what biases have we baked into our work? How can we be part of the solution and find our way through the toxic culture of tech? Join Sara Wachter-Boettcher (Rare Union) and Gagan Diesh (DesignStamp) as they share their experiences of inclusion (and exclusion) in their work.
Sara will also be doing a book signing and have copies of her new book, Technically Wrong, for sale at the event.
Doors open at 6:30pm, talks start at 7:00pm. No admittance after 7:10pm.
Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, & Other Threats of Toxic Tech - Sara Wachter-Boettcher
Author, content strategist, and UX consultant Sara Wachter-Boettcher will give a talk based on her new book, Technically Wrong—a revealing look at how tech industry biases and blind spots get baked into the digital products we use every day. She'll discuss where tech has gone wrong, why public backlash is coming (and that's a good thing), and how we can all be part of the solution.
Sara Wachter-Boettcher is a Philly-based content strategy and user experience expert who has worked on the web since 2005. As the principal of Rare Union, she's led projects and facilitated workshops for Fortune 100 corporations, education and research institutions, and startups. She is the co-author, with Eric Meyer, of Design for Real Life from A Book Apart, and the author of Content Everywhere from Rosenfeld Media. Technically Wrong (W.W. Norton) is her first mainstream book.
Diversity - Work in progress - Gagan Diesh
Talk description TBA.
Gagan has over 17 years of brand and market development experience, and is an experienced entrepreneur with a proven track record of growing businesses. He combines his knowledge of business domains with a demonstrated ability to harness the power of design to provide digital strategy, creative direction, and management for developing interactive solutions.
Gagan has been a guest speaker at various design-related events, and has led a variety of interactive and strategy projects for clients including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PEPFAR, Central 1 and various global health non-profits and financial institutions. Gagan co-developed an educational curriculum to form the VFS Digital Design program in 2006 and has taught various branding, user experience and interactive design courses. He continues to act as an industry liaison helping mentor graduating students through their final projects.
An assortment of beer and soft drinks will be provided, no food. 19+, minors not permitted due to alcohol service.
Afterwards: We'll head out somewhere nearby after the event to have some more drinks and some more nuanced conversation. If you can make it, we'd love to see you there!
Style & Class is a meetup for the designers and developers who build the web.
It's for designers who want to learn and share new techniques from concept all the way to execution. It's for front-end developers who want to talk shop about HTML, CSS, and creating great experiences. Most importantly, it's for people to get involved in conversations about cutting edge design methods, brand new development techniques, and brilliant experiments in user theory and interaction strategies.
We aim to offer conference-quality talks and panels in a casual environment—along with enough food and craft beer to keep you in your seat. Our talks are targeted at industry professionals, but we welcome people of all skill levels who are passionate about improving the way we build the web.