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Getting into tech via Open Source: Vaishali Thakkar

Love open source? Looking to break into the tech industry? Oracle's Vaishali Thakkar joins us to talk about how you can leverage your open source involvement to find work in the tech industry. We'll look at programs like Rails Girls Summer of Code and Outreachy that could be able to pay you as you upskill intro the industry alongside Vaishali's own professional journey.

Duration: 00:24:22

Getting into Open Source: Nadia Odunayo

Ever wondered how to take that first step into open source? Nadia Odunayo joins us to talk about 24 Pull Requests, her work with open source and, her project to make public speaking more accessible. We'll look at what newbies need to know, as well as how open source projects friendlier and more welcoming for folks new to open source.

Duration: 00:30:38

Making Your Passion Project Pay: Suw Charman-Anderson

Love your side project, but still need to pay the bills? This week we talk with Suw of Ada Lovelace Day She talks us through the process of experimenting to find what works and monetizing your projects to become stable, income producing work. Learn more about her work with and share in the learnings from her path to make her passion for inclusive representation her full time job.

Duration: 00:31:05

Navigating Tech Bureaucracy: Terence Eden

Bureaucracy can be soul destroying. Finding ways to navigate (or even to subvert) it before it destroys you is the only way forward. Terence Eden talks us though his battle with the Unicode Consortium as part of a bid to have new emoji/characters added. Did he succeed? Did he survive? Listen to find out.

Duration: 00:32:56

Writing and Accessibility: Ashley Bischoff

Ashley Bischoff joins us this week to look at accessibility in writing for the web and across technology. Writing in ways that can be easily understood by readers and users of varying literacy skill levels, from different language backgrounds and cognitive challenges allows as many people as possible to share your vision and access what you’ve built. We’ll examine techniques and tooling for writing accessibly, including Ashley can be found on the web at...

Duration: 00:28:27

Tech Without A Degree: Harry Roberts

International speaker, consultant and lauded CSS expert Harry Roberts joins us to talk about his experiences in entering the tech industry without a degree. He talks us through the value of blogging as a way to build an audience, the challenges of getting into the tech industry and more.

Duration: 00:34:58

Management Skills with Davide Casali

Ever wondered if you have the skills to make the jump into management? We're joined by Davide Casali of Automattic to learn about the skills and motivations a good manager bring to their team. Davide is a speaker, writer, mentor and technologist of many talents currently working to design better product experiences. You can find more of Davide's wisdom at

Duration: 00:23:13

The Founder Experience: Safia Abdalla

This episode we're joined by international speaker, open source maven and startup founder Safia Abdalla. She walks us through her experiences founding and running Tanmu Labs and the challenges behind delivering Zarf, her subscription content platform. Safia offers her advice for new and hopeful startup founders, looking at work/life balance, user feedback and more.

Duration: 00:27:40

Tips and Tricks for Public Speaking: Andrew Lightheart

Last week we talked about writing and researching a talk to get you onto a tech conference stage. This episode we're joined by speaking coach and leadership consultant Andrew Lightheart to talk about his work and how to confidently get through your first talk. Andrew walks us through what makes a great talk and small hacks to make your talk pop on stage as well as looking at leadership, coaching and the pressures of writing a book. If you wanted more of Andrew's advice his book on speaking...

Duration: 00:35:12

Public Speaking in Tech: Stuart Langridge

Ever wanted to get on stage and share what you know with the world? Guest Stuart Langridge joins us to talk about writing, researching and giving your first talk. We look at the value of meetups and local community events in your speaking career, how to get up on that first conference stage and how to stay cool up there. Stuart is a web expert, writer, consultant and podcaster based in the UK. Our next episode will look at tips and tricks for giving a great talk once you've gotten to that...

Duration: 00:39:43

Tech Without a Degree: Katie Cunningham

Katie is the Last Nerd Standing (CTO) at a startup that focuses on language and education. She spoke with us about dropping out of college, working as a NASA contractor and becoming a CTO. Katie offers a perspective on getting into and staying in tech without a degree based on incredible talent, great timing and hard work. When she's not coding or trying to remember what the heck a gerund is, she knits, sews, and writes fantasy novels that will probably never see the light of day. She...

Duration: 00:35:23

Tech Without A Degree: Alvaro Videla

Alvaro Videla works with Migros, one of Switzerland's largest supermarket chains. Originally from the countryside in Uruguay, Alvaro self taught himself development skills while selling food door to door. With the help of friends, family and his own determination he overcame a series of challenges to become a developer in the capital. He's continued to grow and learn, authoring books on RabbitMQ and being a leading developer, speaker and one of tech's best loved thinkers. You can read more...

Duration: 00:34:55

Tech Without a Degree: Thayer Prime

This episode we look at another profile of a technologist who got into the digital technology industry without a degree. Thayer Prime is a self-taught programmer, who now works in organisational design and digital technology recruitment with her company Team Prime. She joined us to talk about her journey into tech, recruitment and more.In this episode we talked about getting into the digital technology industry without a degree, best practise ideas for hiring processes and found out about...

Duration: 00:37:02

Working with recruiters featuring Hannah Mitchell

A look at how to select great recruiters and avoid the sleazeballs when jobhunting in tech with guest Hannah Mitchell from Technical Team Solutions.

Duration: 00:26:28

Developer Relations, what is it and how do I get in?

Bruce Lawson and Jessica Rose talk about developer relations. What is developer relations, how you can break into the industry and the pain points contextualized within Bruce's story of working in developer relations.

Duration: 00:37:48

Planning Your Own Tech Event

A look at the challenges and rewards of running your own tech events from Mike Elsmore, the founder of the Hackference conference and hackathon.

Duration: 00:32:18

Tech Without a Degree: Apprenticeship Perspective

A look at Tanja Lichtensteiger's experiences getting into technology as an apprentice without a university degree as well as her current work as a tech lead.

Duration: 00:24:34

Building Great Junior Portfolio Sites

Jessica Rose and Steven Pitchford look at what a great portfolio site for junior developers needs and look at some fantastic examples of existing sites.

Duration: 00:43:53

Why get into tech?

Noted Afrofuturist Florence Okoye and Ed-tech darling Nadeem Shabir talk about their motivations in entering the technology industry and the path they travelled into the industry. Advice and cautions, warnings and rewards of getting into the tech industry, alongside the question of you need a degree to work in tech.

Duration: 00:34:25