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The programmer's mind

9:35am–9:50am Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Location: Grand Ballroom
Average rating: ****.
(4.14, 7 ratings)

The programmer’s mind is inherently an activist’s mind. Jessica McKellar draws parallels between the free and open source software movement and the work to end mass incarceration.

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Jessica McKellar


Jessica McKellar is a founder and the CTO of Pilot, a bookkeeping firm powered by software. Previously, she was a founder and the vice president of engineering for a real-time collaboration startup acquired by Dropbox, where she then served as a director of engineering. Before that, she was a computer nerd at MIT who joined her friends at Ksplice, a company building a service for rebootless kernel updates on Linux (acquired by Oracle). Jessica is a former director for the Python Software Foundation and PyCon North America’s Diversity Outreach Chair. For her outreach efforts in the Python community, she was awarded the O’Reilly Open Source Award in 2013.