Community organizer and storyteller for Sketch City, a registered 501(c)3, Houston's Code for America brigade, and a community of technology advocates and civic hackers. They collaborate with the public sector on technology solutions and civic experiments. Starting in 2014, I helped grow the community from an annual hackathon to monthly civic hack nights and from 700 to over 2,000 participants.
Women in Tech Houston (WITH)
Co-organizer for Women in Tech Houston, a community resource for the support, advancement, and growth of the community of women in technology. Co-led a UX-driven discovery and design process for the community website.
I was one of two delivery leads for Code for DC during a time when they were leaving the beginner stage and growing into a larger, more established membership group. I helped newcomers find a welcome environment to get involved and see where to use their skills. Every biweekly meeting, I helped onboard new members and introduced them to active projects in need of their skills. I also consulted with several active projects as needed, helping with marketing and content strategy.
Data + Design: A simple introduction to preparing and visualizing information
An open source e-book with 50+ contributors around the globe, with a mission to explain important data concepts in simple language. I wrote Chapter 16: Print vs. Web; Static vs. Interactive.
2016 Houston Hackathon Recap
I helped plan and run operations for the 4th Annual Houston Hackathon, Houston's local National Day of Civic Hacking event, then I wrote a recap for the blog.
1st TechLady Hackathon + Training Day recap
In 2013, along with a small team of dedicated volunteers, I helped organize and manage the first women-only hackathon in the U.S. (that we know of! I'd love to hear we weren't the first). I wrote a recap about it for Code for DC's blog.
1st TechLady Hackathon + Training Day
In late 2013, along with a small team of volunteers, I helped organize the first women-only hackathon in the U.S. (as far as we know, but let me know if you know of one sooner, I'd love to hear about it). Thanks to all attendees and organizers! It was phenomenal.
National Day of Civic Hacking
Since 2013, I've helped organize National Day of Civic Hacking events in Washington, DC and Houston, TX. This includes scoping projects, gathering data and other resources for hackers, planning, logistics, and communications.
Program Director, the Dionysium
Ah, the Dionysium! This now-quarterly event at the Alamo Drafthouse was where I cut my teeth designing programming for events that people actually paid to see. From 2007 to 2009 I helped research, plan, book, and manage a monthly moderated debate and variety show, selling out the 200-seat theater on many occasions. Debate topics ranged from the serious ("Resolved: that the FCC should enforce net neutrality.") to the silly ("Resolved: that hip hop is dead." Spoiler: it isn't). It's still going strong. Go see the show if you're in Austin.