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My name's Hilary. I'm a full-stack software developer, currently based in Madison, WI, where I build Ruby/Rails-based web apps at Ten Forward Consulting.

I've spoken at conferences around the country and internationally, including RailsConf 2017, SXSW 2018 and Write/Speak/Code 2018.

Outside of work, I volunteer with several tech and community organizations, and co-run Madison Women in Tech, a community group with more than 1,500 members.

I tweet tech, feminism and all the puns at @hilarysk.

Nov. 28th, 2018

Regular session

"Beer, bylines and booleans: How the service sector and liberal arts prepare folks for tech"

Nov. 3rd, 2018

Short talk

"Using our powers for good: Tech and social impact"

Oct. 13th, 2018

Regular session

"Using our powers for good: Tech and social impact"

Aug. 1st, 2018


"The Secret History of Women and Non-Binary Folks in Tech"

July 17th, 2018

"Demystifying Public Speaking" is chockfull of useful advice and timeless tips for presenting, especially for tech folks. Check out some of those tips - as well as some tidbits of my own - in this review.

April 11th, 2018

Recently, Ten Forward lost one of our own: Julie, our beloved office manager, who passed away unexpectedly. July 10th would have been Julie's 73rd birthday. In her honor, I collected a few of our favorite stories and memories from the last 2.5 years.

She will be greatly missed.

June 14th, 2018

Got questions about the bootcamp process? (Want to know what a coding bootcamp even is?) We've got answers!

April 11th, 2018

I graduated from a coding bootcamp three years ago. Here's how I made it through and found a home in tech.

April 4th, 2017

Tables aren't known for being particularly responsive, but at times, using them is unavoidable; when that's the case, all it takes is a little CSS to make a big difference.