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Using Technology to Protect Against Online Harassment Panel

As the internet becomes more integrated into our social and professional lives, what are we doing to protect vulnerable populations from harm? This panel will discuss the changes society has seen since the advent of social media and how they're building the next generation of software tools to...

Danielle Leong Engineering Manager on GitHub's Community and Safety Team
Leigh Honeywell CEO @tallpoppyio
Sri Ponnada Software Engineer @Microsoft
Kat Fukui Product Designer @github
Impact Starts With You

Wanting to make a positive impact on others is what makes us human. Like everything in the tech industry, social and ethical impact has become a commodity. We burn ourselves out for the causes we believe in. Our organizations struggle to practice what they preach. In the five years I’ve...

Julia Nguyen Community Organizer, Founder of, and Senior Software Engineer @Mailchimp
How Do We Heal?

We have been working to foster a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable tech industry for years. We have poured billions of dollars into data collection, new hiring practices, unconscious bias trainings, and educational opportunities for people from underrepresented backgrounds. But we have yet...

Alex Qin Founder @codecooperative
Better Living through Software at The Human Utility

In this talk, Tiffani Bell, the founder and executive director of The Human Utility, tells stories and shares learnings from five years of running an organization using software and crowdfunding to protect the basic human right to water. She questions what responsibilities technologists have to...

Tiffani Ashley Bell FounderĀ & Executive Director @humanutility
Community Centered Tech for Social Good

Community-centered app development bridges many gaps in the accessibility and usage of technology. The cross-platform Seattle Park Explorer app is one example of a community-centric approach to addressing digital divides. This talk will focus on how a collaborative project between the Seattle...

Sri Ponnada Software Engineer @Microsoft
Software Love Languages (On Passion & Product)

As we build the future of technology, there are many principles and goals we can leverage to determine what tradeoffs we will make. We can prioritize user count, growth, metrics, or other goals. At True Link Financial, we have a responsibility to build software that protects and empowers some of...

Isaac Elias VP Engineering @truelinkfin


Sri Ponnada Software Engineer @Microsoft

Community Centered Tech for Social Good

What are you doing at Microsoft?

I am a software engineer and I started at Microsoft almost a year ago. I work on Azure DevOps.

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Ram Mehta CTO at Propel Inc, building @FreshEBT


Tell me a bit about the size, scope and the importance of the app created by your company.

Fresh EBT is a mobile app that is used by 1.5 million SNAP recipients each month to manage their EBT benefits, save money, and earn income. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP--more commonly known as food stamps--is a critical part of the American safety-net and provides food assistance to around 40 million people...

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