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

I've spoken at conferences around the country and internationally, including RailsConf (2017; accepted for 2019), 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 1,000+ members.

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

May 3, 2019


"Beer, bylines and booleans: Why tech needs more folks from the service industry and liberal arts"

April 30th to May 2nd, 2019

Regular session

"What I learned my first year as a full-time programmer"

Feb. 8th, 2019

Regular session

"How to Make Your Website Not Ugly: Basic UX for Programmers"

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"

Jan. 3rd, 2019

I was asked to participate in an annual series for a Madison newspaper, The Cap Times, about big, bold, bright ideas for the new year.

Nov. 26th, 2018

This is the first in a series of posts about how folks who work in tech can be superheroes of social impact in their own backyards. To kick it off, I examine why we should care about volunteering.

Nov. 12th, 2018

At Ten Forward, we want all employees to feel respected and valued. When you have diverse staff - whether it's race, gender, neurotypicality, religion, age, etc. - that goal takes effort and iteration.

Sept. 17th, 2018

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