Registration & Breakfast

8:30AM - 9:15AM

Welcome SheCodes participants! Collect your swag, badge, and conference program. Grab some breakfast and find a seat at the Tech Roundtable of your choice.


SheCodes Organizers
9:15AM - 9:20AM

The Ceiling Can’t Hold Us

Julia Grace
9:20AM - 9:50AM

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis tell us to put our hands up like the ceiling can't hold us. Ladies, let's take our hands down and let the ceiling fall. It won't be easy: my whole career I've frequently been the only woman in the room. I will share stories and advice from my journey through big companies to startups, from entry-level engineer to running and building engineering teams. Together, we can take that ceiling down.

Lessons I’ve Learned from Millions of People

Jinghua Zhang
9:50AM - 10:15AM

Jinghua's path has taken her from studying mechanical engineering in Beijing to studying people for companies like Bang&Olufsen, Microsoft, Google, and now Mozilla. As the head of UX for Mozilla, Jinghua finds herself daily advocating for the user, making decisions that impact the hundreds of millions of people who use Firefox. Jinghua will share some of the life and career-changing lessons she has learned from her journey researching and designing for the users.

The Little Girl Geek Wants to Play

Jennifer Arguello
10:15AM - 10:40AM

Keep your skills fresh and your innovative juices flowing by working with youth. Jennifer will share stories and advice inspired from her passion for K-12 Computer Science education.


10:40AM - 10:55AM

Moving Fast As a Female Engineer @ Facebook

Nishita Agarwal
10:55AM - 11:15AM

We hear all this talk about moving fast, breaking things, failing harder. What's it all about? Is it even applicable in real life? In short, yes. For a more detailed version, hear Nishita talk about the fast-paced hacker culture at Facebook and the tactics she has learned during her time there. She'll share strategies on how to make a powerful positive impact with your work and the qualities that come handy when facing new challenges at work.

Sarah’s Incomplete and Mostly-Wrong Guide to Working with Men

Sarah Mei
11:15AM - 11:35AM

The reality is that these days, most of us work with a whole lot of men. It runs through all of the levels of our experience, from our 5-person teams up to our 50,000-person communities. Let's look at what form "impact" takes at these different levels, and what tactics we can use to be heard in each place.

Lunch + ShePlusPlus Documentary Screening

11:35AM - 12:30PM

Connect with participants over lunch and enjoy a screening of the ShePlusPlus documentary

Mindfulness Break

Renee Burgard
12:30PM - 1:00PM

Collective moment to breathe facilitated by mindfulness expert Renee Burgard.

I’ve seen your future and you’re freelancing.

Andrea Klein Lacy
1:00PM - 1:20PM

Ok, the media's all abuzz with "Leaning In" vs "Opting Out". It's the latest chapter in a now decades-long conversation about Women and Work. But is the latest the greatest? Or can we aim higher? Are there alternatives? In this talk, Andrea discusses some of the alternatives she’s explored from entrepreneurship to freelancing. She looks into how the world is changing, and how one’s “path to success” might be more random, more exciting and more challenging than our younger selves expect.

From Psudeocode Permission Slips to Genuine Identity

Liz Howard
1:20PM - 1:50PM

Liz will be speaking about the nonstandard (non-degreed) path that lead her into engineering, featuring fights about Visual Basic with her father, permission slips signed in psudeocode, and growing up in a computer-saturated house. She'll also speak about going from one of the guys to being a huge activist for women in tech, and how much of an identity crisis that's been.

Hackbright Demos

Hackbright Graduates
1:50PM - 2:20PM

Students from Hackbright will share demos from their 10-week training program.

  • Michelle Glauser will demo BookFairy, a place for booklisters (and library junkies like Michelle Glauser!). The user submits a booklist, and the app returns a list of Goodreads ratings and which books from the list are currently checked in at the SFPL library branch of choice.
  • Melanie Warrick will demo Sun Finder Project, micro-climate weather search solution that is a full stack, web application. The application primarily leverages data from RESTful APIs and is built on Python, Flask, Postgresql and Javascript.
  • Megan Speir will demo Capture, a web app that captures memories from events displaying photos and text messages on an event timeline. The photo input for the project is from a RaspberryPi attached to a camera, "Photobooth" and the text messages are acquired through the Twilio API. Capture is built with Flask, Python, PostgreSQL, Twilio API, RaspberryPi.
Hackbright Academy is a 10-week training program designed to help women become awesome programmers.

Choose your own adventure in Silicon Valley

Rachel Garb
2:20PM - 2:45PM

It's 1991 and you just graduated from CMU with a B.S. in Technical Writing. You board a plane to San Jose, CA where your first job awaits you: writing user manuals for IBM. You've already figured out that what you really want to do is design multimedia user interfaces, but those jobs barely exist (yet), especially at the entry level. What do you do? Welcome to chapter one of Rachel's Adventures in Silicon Valley. Many twists and turns await. Working at companies of all sizes. Living through booms and recessions, acquisitions and shutdowns. Getting promoted, passed up, laid off. Switching careers several times. Rachel will share a few of her adventures (some chosen, some not) and what she's learned from them.


2:45PM - 3:00PM

Keynote: The 3 Misses That Hold Women Back in Tech

Poornima Vijayashanker
3:00PM - 3:45PM

Despite the growing push of women to join tech professions, the attrition rate of women in technology is still pretty high. There are a number of factors that lead to their departure from their technical roles or from the industry altogether. Often times it has less to do with their technical prowess, and more to do with an environment that is less than hospitable.  In this keynote, Poornima Vijayashanker encourages women to stay technical, gives them insight into how they can participate more fully and effectively on teams, and eventually take on technical leadership roles.

Femgineer Workshop: Learn to be a Leading Lady in Tech

Poornima Vijayashanker
3:45PM - 5:00PM

Women take on many roles throughout their lives and successfully meet the demands of those roles.  But, when it comes to leadership many are unsure if they are capable of leading others, overcoming challenges, and often times what leadership even looks like. In this workshop we'll cover the following:

  • • What does leadership in technology look like; covering both technical and business leadership.
  • • How to transition into leadership roles.
  • • How companies can create an environment that supports and encourages women to lead, while giving them freedom to pursue their life goals as well.
  • • Provide hands-on exercises for women to assess their leadership skills, and to get comfortable asking for leadership roles.

Networking Reception

5:00PM - 6:00PM