JavaScript and EPUB: Making Interactive eBooks

JavaScript is a core language for adding functionality to websites. With EPUB 3, you can now integrate interactive elements into ebooks.

This workshop provides an overview of JavaScript fundamentatls, what this means for the ebook reading experience, tips for implementation, and guidelines for usage.

JavaScript and EPUB: Making Interactive eBooks

eBookcraft

Toronto, ON | March 22, 2017

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#BBHMM: Asking For & Getting What You're Worth

Salaries and freelance rates vary, making it hard to know what to ask for. This presentation explores methods and techniques to make talking about money less taboo. Learn how to figure out what you're worth and how to ask for it!

I also created a survey to collect data about salaries in Toronto.

#BBHMM: Asking For & Getting What You're Worth

Women Who Code T.O.

Toronto, ON | November 15, 2016

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You Don't Have Impostor Syndrome: Understanding the Learning Process

Impostor Syndrome is often used to describe feelings of inadequacy in your career and the inability to internalize your successes. But when applied to learning, does it pathologize the very act of learning?

This talks explores "faking it 'til you make it" vs imposter syndrome and the process of learning.

You Don't Have Impostor Syndrome: Understanding the Learning Process

Ruby Lightning Talks T.O.

Toronto, ON | July 5, 2016

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Mentorship and Women in Tech: How to Find It & Pay it Forward

I was invited to be a part of a panel of technical women to have an open, honest discussion about mentorship.

Some of the topics included: Why is mentorship important for software developers? How do you seek out mentorship? How do you define what you want so you can ask for help? Do mentors need mentors?

Mentorship and Women in Tech: How to Find It & Pay it Forward

Girl Geeks Toronto

Toronto, ON | May 17, 2016

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How to Give and Take Constructive Feedback

The Microsoft Open Source Event was focused on bringing together Canada's brightest and best influential open source community members to generate inspiration to innovate, share best open source practices and have some fun.

I was invited to participate in the event and give a lightening talk.

How to Give and Take Constructive Feedback

Microsoft Open Source Connection

Toronto, ON | May 7, 2016

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Back to Basics: Building a Strong Foundation

Grunt, Gulp, Angular, Bootstrap, React, Sass, Less, PostCSS — the possibilities are endless. Trends come and go but at the core of these tools is still HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Understanding the foundation will help you confidentially use new tools and apply best practices to any project, no matter which options you choose.

Back to Basics: Building a Strong Foundation

#DevTO

Toronto, ON | Mar 28, 2016

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Back to Basics: Building a Strong Foundation

Grunt, Gulp, Angular, Bootstrap, React, Sass, Less, PostCSS — the possibilities are endless. Trends come and go but at the core of these tools is still HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Understanding the foundation will help you confidentially use new tools and apply best practices to any project, no matter which options you choose.

Back to Basics: Building a Strong Foundation

ExploreTech Toronto

Toronto, ON | Mar 23, 2016

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International Women's Day Panel

For International Women's Day, Figure1 put together a panel of speakers from various backgrounds such as product development, web development (me!), finance, and law.

The panel was moderated by Jennifer Hollett, an award-winning TV reporter and producer.

International Women's Day Panel

Figure1

Toronto, ON | Mar 8, 2016

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Tech Talk Night - CSS and Open Source

I was invited to be the special guest for the fireside chat, following the talks.

The Q&A session allowed the audience to ask questions and spark a conversation with the panelists and also the audience to bring about a greater discussion.

Tech Talk Night - CSS and Open Source

TorontoJS

Toronto, ON | Mar 22, 2016

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Do emojis reinforce female stereotypes?

As the Toronto Brand Ambassador for the Always #likeagirl emoji campaign (video link below), I was interviewed by Karolyn Coorsh for CTVNews.ca.

We talked about working in a male dominated field, implicit stereotypes and unconscious biases.

Do emojis reinforce female stereotypes?

CTVNews.ca

Toronto, ON | Mar 16, 2016

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Professional Development Panel

UofT Hacks is the University of Toronto's annual hackathon.

I was invited to be a part of the professional development panel, to talk to students about working in the tech industry.

Professional Development Panel

UofT Hacks

Toronto, ON | January 23, 2016

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Navigating Through JavaScript

As a recovering JavaScript hater, working as a web developer and teaching web development has taught me to embrace it more, over the years.

This talk will include tips I've learned along the way and cover techniques and best practices for learning, writing and teaching JavaScript.

Navigating Through JavaScript

JavaScript Open Day

Toronto, ON | Nov 17, 2015

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Keynote Speaker

In this keynote, I talk about my journey from being a volunteer mentor to the Director of Curriculum for Ladies Learning Code. I also talk about the importance of mentoring, and provide tips for mentoring and teaching in tech.

This talk was not filmed but I've created a Storify to summarize the talk.

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TrueNorth PHP

Toronto, ON | Nov 6, 2015

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Don't Just Talk About It, Be About It

Diversity has become a hot topic but sometimes it's hard to see if much has actually changed.

This talk explores how diversity should mean the inclusion of all types of people, not getting derailed by naysayers, band-wagon supporters and examining biases so we can talk less and do more.

Don't Just Talk About It, Be About It

AlterConf

Toronto, ON | Jul 11, 2015

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Diversity in Tech, the Distorted Truth

Tech companies are releasing their demographic information to shine a spotlight on diversity. But are there biases that further split marginalized groups? How does the demographic information reflect this?

To effectively tackle this issue, we need to examine the often one-dimensional representation if diversity.

Diversity in Tech, the Distorted Truth

O'Reilly Fluent

San Francisco, CA | Apr 22, 2015

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Interview

I was invited to do an interview at the O'Reilly Fluent Conference to talk about what I do, what inspires me and about diversity in tech.

Interview

O'Reilly Fluent

San Francisco, CA | Apr 22, 2015

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Nominee

The annual #TOTechBash celebrates Toronto's tech community to bring together developers, designers, creative technologists, makers, hackers, entrepreneurs and more.

I was nominated as one of 10 TOTech Top Contributors!

Nominee

TOTechBash

Toronto, ON | Dec 2, 2014

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Stories of the Unexpected

Don't be grouped by the work you perform. Life is about more than your startup, your app or what you do at your job. Join us for an evening in a safe, supportive space. Meet folks you haven't run into before, and listen to people share true, personal stories. — xvzf.io

I was invited to share a story.

Stories of the Unexpected

xvzf

Toronto, ON | Sep 11, 2014

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Finding Your Niche

People in tech are aware of the lack of diversity within our community. But what does diversity really mean?

In this talk, I shared my experiences of being in tech, how I found my own way and how we can work together to celebrate our differences.

Finding Your Niche

Distill: The Essence of Development

San Francisco, CA | Aug 7-8, 2014

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Inspired Q&A Interview Series

This ebook features interviews with different people in the web industry to capture stories of being positive, driven, and passionate about the craft.

I was asked to share my story.

Inspired Q&A Interview Series

By Aaron Alfred

Feb 2014

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Code Kids

The creators of Code Kids were at the Ladies Learning Code New Brunswick chapter launch to document the event.

I sat down with them for an interview and a portion of it was included in the documentary.

Code Kids

CBC Documentary

Fredericton, NB | Sep 21, 2013

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Power Hour Social

Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology.

I was invited to speak at one of the Power Hour Socials.

Power Hour Social

Girls In Tech

Toronto, ON | Feb 13, 2013

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Interview

Women&&Tech is an ongoing interview series which features different woman in tech doing many different things.

We met for coffee and a chat.

Interview

by Women && Tech

Jan 30, 2013

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Interview

Sarah​ Jean​ Maher, freelance reporter, spoke with me following the Ladies Learning Code chapter launch workshop held in Ottawa.

We chatted about the organization and women and tech.

Interview

By Sarah Jean Maher

Nov 2012

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CBC News Segment & Interview

CBC News Ottawa came to report on the very first Ladies Learning Code chapter launch.

I was there as the lead instructor and also conducted an interview.

CBC News Segment & Interview

Ladies Learning Code

Ottawa, ON | Nov 2012

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Do We Have Milk?

As a Teehan+Lax Labs project, we created a smart milk jug using Arduino to explore how physical computing interacts with our everyday life.

This project was also featured on sites such as The Verge, New Scientist and Engadget. Links to the articles and video are included below.

Do We Have Milk?

Teehan+Lax

May 2012

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Responsive Web Design

I did a lightening talk at the very first Ladies Learning Code workshop and this was also my first time doing any public speaking ever!

Responsive Web Design

Ladies Learning Code

Toronto, ON | Aug 6, 2011

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