Sunday, August 20 2017

New York City, NY

10:00am to 5:00pm

AlterConf is a traveling conference series that provides safe opportunities for marginalized people and those who support them in the tech and gaming industries. By highlighting the powerful voices and positive initiatives of local community members, we build hope and strengthen the community’s resolve to create safer spaces for everyone.

The conferences go beyond the limited definitions and basic discussions of diversity to create a deeper, more nuanced conversation. Each conference features a wide range of speakers delivering critical analyses of tech and gaming culture and presenting their vision for what our community can be.

We invite you to join us as we work toward a more inclusive future.



Attendee Check-in
Opening Address
STEM in single-gender education, stereotype threat, and plugging the pipeline Elizabeth Yalkut
Trigger Warnings: tw: binary gender references, examples of stereotype threats
Design Ethics: Inclusivity in the Design Process Stephanie Lawrence
Trigger Warnings: Discussion of racism, sexism, ableism
The Privilege of Making Katriel Paige
Trigger Warnings: Poverty. Race / heritage and gender as compounding factors.
Lunch Break
Standing Desks and Free Pizza: Body Image Negotiations in Tech Spaces Christine Bryant-Ryback
Trigger Warnings: - Intentional weight loss and the medicalization of weight, sometimes in detail - Intentional body changes in general, including those related to gender transition, but not in extensive detail - Chronic illness, eating disorders, and disordered eating, but not in extensive detail - Current and historical racism, classism, sexism, weight discrimination, and ableism - Quotes a headline that uses one ableist term
Open Up to Open Source La Vesha Parker
Social rules, finger waggling, and direct feedback dinosaurs: fostering healthy communication on small teams Rachel Honor Vincent
Trigger Warnings: In this talk I'll discuss some negative social interactions as examples of subtle sexism, racism, and ableism. I will also reference some of the recent stories of discrimination in the tech industry as a whole.
Integrating Family & Career: Ensuring Women's Dreams Continue to Take Flight After Motherhood Yasmin J. Mattox
Trigger Warnings: Postpartum Depression; Depression, Suicide, Infant Mortality, Maternal Mortality; Workplace Discrimination, e.g. workplace sexism and workplace racism.
On Quiet Developers Seán Hanson
Snack Break
Low-Spoons Leadership Emily Metcalfe
I'm sorry I can't stop saying sorry Adina Shanholtz
Trigger Warnings: Bullying
Closing Remarks

Job Fair

All Day


28 West 23rd St. 4th Floor
New York, NY 10010


Universal Design
Curb cutouts in front of building, outside area well-lit, any steps are accompanied by ramps or elevators.
Physical Access
3.5ft or more accessible pathways between chairs, tables, etc within venue. Reserved seating for those with mobility devices, hearing or vision impairment interspersed with non-reserved seating (sit with your friends!)
Program Access
Professional sign language interpreters and live captioning
Venue safe for small children. Free professional childcare available, reserve no later than August 6, 2017.
Accessible gender neutral restrooms
Street parking as well as a parking garage on 22nd St between 5th and 6th Ave.
Food & Drinks
Healthful meat, vegan, and gluten-free meals with choice of water or juice.
Public Transit
N, Q on the corner of 5th and 23rd. 6 train is on Park Avenue and 23rd (all within 5 minutes walking distance). Crosstown buses are available on every corner as well.
Unarmed, non-police security officers


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