My name's Hilary. I'm an owner, full-stack software developer, and the crew & culture champion at Ten Forward Consulting based in Madison, WI, where I build custom Rails-based web and mobile applications.
I've spoken at conferences around the country and internationally, including RailsConf (2017 and 2019), SXSW 2018 and Write/Speak/Code (2018 and 2019).
Outside of work, I volunteer with several tech and community organizations, and co-run Madison Women in Tech, a community group with ~2,000 members.
I tweet tech, feminism and all the puns at @hilarysk.
"How to make GitHub magical"
"Why we worry about all the wrong things"
"Tech & Social Impact: Using our powers for good"
"Beer, Bylines & Booleans: Why tech needs more folks from the service industry and liberal arts"
"What I learned my first year as a full-time programmer"
This is the last in a series about how folks who work in tech can be superheroes of social impact in their own backyards. This post explores the plethora of tech volunteering opportunities available, as well as national and local resources.
To make it easier for juniors to get the help they need, a colleague and I compiled a list of the actions that should come before reaching out directly for assistance.
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.
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.
The title pretty much says it all.