Denise Paolucci
Chief Operating Officer, Dreamwidth Studios

Denise Paolucci is the co-founder of Dreamwidth Studios (, an open-source blogging and community platform. She also serves on the board of directors of the Ada Initiative, a nonprofit working to improve the representation of women in “open stuff”. She’s been working in open source for fifteen years, and will talk your ear off about accessibility, disability, diversity, creativity, community, privacy, and knitting, although probably not all at the same time.


User Experience (UX)
Location: D137/138 Level: Novice
Denise Paolucci (Dreamwidth Studios), Deborah Kaplan (Dreamwidth Studios)
Average rating: ***..
(3.64, 14 ratings)
An extensive look at simple, practical, concrete methods to make your website or webapp more accessible for people with disabilities and in all forms of assistive technology. Participants will leave with a number of tips, tricks, and tools they can use on any site, no matter how simple or fancy it is -- and a number of examples of doing it incorrectly. Read more.
Geek Lifestyle
Location: F151 Level: Novice
Denise Paolucci (Dreamwidth Studios)
Average rating: ****.
(4.76, 21 ratings)
Impostor syndrome -- the persistent belief that any minute everyone around you is going to figure out you're not at all qualified -- happens to a majority of the tech industry; nobody talks about it, because nobody wants to be the first to admit it. This talk confronts that feeling head-on, and addresses ways to readjust your perceptions of your accomplishments to accurately reflect reality. Read more.


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