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Friday, November 17 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Keynote: Amanda Laucher @pandamonial - Defying Bloomberg & Increasing Tech Diversity: Coal to Code

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What makes a good software developer, and how do we bring new people with the talents that we need into our industry? In 2014 Michael Bloomberg said that coal miners can’t just go learn to code, a statement that was rejected by Mark Zuckerberg, Mined Minds, and coal miners alike. In this presentation, Amanda Laucher will share insights from the free programming training that Mined Minds have been providing in rural areas of southwest Pennsylvania & West Virginia, where traditional industries (coal mining) are in decline. She will be joined by Marvin Laucher, her brother, and a previous coal miner who has made the transition from coal to code and who was the inspiration to kick off this adventure in economic development. They will discuss the approaches taken to develop a diverse group of programmers from local residents with no previous coding experience, and the steps they are taking to seed a new tech industry in the area. If you think it’s important to give something back to the community, see the value of inspiring people from diverse backgrounds to code, and are interested in techniques for teaching the fundamentals of software development and changing local economies, then this talk will be of interest to you.

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Amanda Laucher

Graph databases expert, Mined Minds
Amanda Laucher has been working with technology her entire life. Some of her favorite childhood memories include working with punch cards alongside her grandmother or learning Morse code from her dad. Solving complex business problems with code is her passion. She is Co-Founder o... Read More →


Friday November 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:00am
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