Announcing 2017’s Keynote Speakers!

We are so very excited to reveal our 2017 Keynote line-up!

Active not only in amazing open source tech projects, they are leading their communities to better serve underrepresented members through access to education, digital inclusion, and intersectionality.

Social justice activism has been an undercurrent of Open Source Bridge since the beginning, but this year has been especially hard for many in our community. Between travel bans, attacks on LGBTQI people, proposed cuts to health care, and the overall feeling of a loss of privacy and safety, it has been intense.

We want to continue to create a safe space for technologists to work on, collaborate, and share their projects with the world. And we believe the following keynotes will help drive this commitment and set the tone of Open Source Bridge 2017, while looking toward making a brighter future.

Nicole Sanchez

Nicole Sanchez is the VP of Social Impact at GitHub. She’s responsible for diversifying the company’s workforce and user base, building strong community partnerships, and promoting GitHub as a platform for impactful social change. Nicole is an industry expert in diversity, inclusion, and social impact with 20+ years working toward better access for underrepresented communities in government, higher education and technology. She is a mom, writer, native Californian, and firm believer that access to technology can bring about massive social change. Nicole is an alumnae of Stanford University and UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Walé Ogundipé

Walé Ogundipé is a software developer based in Seattle. In addition to being passionate about digital inclusion and access, he enjoys cultivating the programming community at large. He is also co-organizer of SeattleJS, one of the largest Javascript meetups in the United States.

Emily Gorcenski

By title, Emily G is a Senior Data Scientist at Simple. But by practice, they are a transgender activist, hockey player, and technologist passionately working in the intersection of computing and society. Their passions include technology ethics, regulation of computing, and posting selfies on Twitter.

We look forward to seeing you and these Keynotes in June!



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