DC Tech Stories
By Jessica Bell
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DC Tech stories is a podcast chronicling the lives, passions, and narratives of technical workers in the DC Metro Area. A project started by Jessica Bell and Mitchell Shelton in January 2017, the podcast aims to humanize the people who work in technical positions. Guests range from civic techies, to startup developers, bootcamp grads, to executives.
||CleanKris Lovejoy: Self taught engineer to chief global security officer||I had the chance to sit down with Kristen Lovejoy, a cyber security expert and founder here in DC. She walks us through her career, what cyber security means to her, and what is most exciting and most terrifying about the field. Kristen served as IBM..||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeslie, Shiela, and Brian: Community, Startups, and the African Diaspora in the DMV||Today our episode features Leslie, Shiela, and Brian of IO Spaces. Leslie is the co founder and managing partner of I/O spacer in Silver Spring. He has an infectious personality, with a big smile, cameroonian accent, and never ending positivity, it’||6/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSam Bays, Kasey Randall, & Vincent Wanga: The Three Musketeers of Design||Today I have for you a tale as old as time… the ‘I’m moving to DC not knowing anyone and finding my place’ story. We all know DC is a hub for people from ALL over the world (although let’s all be cognisant to not fall into the “no one is fr||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRoselle Safran: The winding path||Roselle Safran describes herself on twitter as ‘mother, entrepreneur, cybersecurity specialist, world traveler’. After my friend Amelia Friedman (season 1 episode 9) told me about Roselle I knew I wanted to hear her story. A background in science,||5/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRica Rosario, Dian Holton, Shannon Turner: It is time for a nap?||Today we are going to talk about Burnout, specifically for community organizers and activists in tech. Most of us know that working in technology can be an exhausting job from keeping up with the latest trends, tools, and frameworks to the incessant cl.||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJanice Omadeke: Are you my Mentor?||Janice Omadeke is the founder and CEO of The Mentor Method, a social enterprise that provides curated mentor matches, connecting the next generation of tech leaders with change-making mentors at the top of their game. As a DMV native Janice knows the D.||5/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJess Szmajda: Finding your voice||Jess Szmajda is the CTO of Optoro, the creator of the DC Tech Slack, and the organizer of the Joy of Programming meetup. She has a long history in tech and talks to us about how her life has changed from tech geek to CTO!||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSo Long, Farewell, Until we meet again||That's a wrap folks! DC Tech Stories season 1 is over! And now we need you help! Please review the podcast on ITunes and consider sponsoring an episode so we can produce Season 2 - we offer custom advertisements! Reach out at email@example.com..||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVinetta Project: #ladyBoss||The Vinetta Project supports female founders in tech by creating unparalleled access to experts, advisors, funding sources, and a community of peers. We bring together founders, funders, and industry influencers to create a dynamic, action-oriented eco.||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMonica Kang: We're all creatives||--||8/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWoman Who Code DC: Wait, How Many Events?!||Women Who Code is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers by creating a global, connected community of women in technology. The organization tripled in 2013 and has grown to be one of the largest comm.||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCode for DC: Serving the City||Code for DC is a Code for America Brigade located here in Washington, DC. Founded in 2012, we are a a non-partisan, non-political group of volunteer civic hackers working together to solve local issues and help people engage with the city. We host twic.||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElizabeth Lindsey: School's in Session||Byte Back transforms lives by training unemployed and underemployed adults with limited access to technology and helping them move into living-wage careers that use technology. It's one of the only organizations in the country providing all levels of t.||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKate Rabinowitz: Telling Stories with Data||Kate Rabinowitz: Founder of Data Lens DC and creator of Wespeaktoo.org||8/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMonica Laufer: Politics and Code||Monica joined the Engine team as the Program Manager for Government Affairs in October 2016. In her role, Monica leads outreach in Washington DC and helps to engage and build Engine’s network around the country. Before coming to Engine, Monica was a p||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlack Code Collective: Building software and community||From The Organizers: "We are black software developers creating a welcoming community to grow our skills, share knowledge and help each other progress through our careers. Whether you're just starting out, or you're well along in your career, join us.".||7/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrian Jacobs: Digital Storytelling||Brian T. Jacobs is a Senior Graphics Editor who designs and develops interactive maps and graphics for National Geographic Magazine. Brian uses visualization and data processing tools to create and envision custom editorial experiences for the web. He .||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoy Whitt: Hackathons, Python, and Justice||Joy Whitt works at for the DC Mayor's office and loves hackathons, social justice, and her adorable dog Ellis. We chatted at the beautiful National Arboretum.||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Jess dazzles, DC impresses
I've listened to all (so far!) three of the podcasts and I'm hooked! Jess is a sizzling, scintilating conversationalist and she steers the conversation where few tech folks would. I'm a complete n00B in the tech world, but I'm trying to break in. Listening to these conversations is inspiring and elucidating -- laughing along is just an added bonus!
It's also really cool that she's looking into the unique opportunities and enclaves you'll only find in DC. Youngsters here get a bad rap for coming, working on the Hill (or wherever) for two years, and leaving. Jess is exposing tech communities that are planting roots and driving change right here in our nation's capital.
Ok, now off to Codecademy with me -- I want to continue getting my feet wet. Keep up the A+ content, Jess! :)