Pamela Pavliscak studies our emotional, sometimes irrational, relationship with technology. Whether hosting awkward dinner parties for friends and their algorithms or collecting sketches of favorite apps or analyzing audio diaries for sentiment, Pamela's work is about revealing the unspoken truths of our digital lives. Pamela is founder and CEO of Change Sciences, a research and strategy firm, and faculty at The Pratt Institute. Her forthcoming book, Designing for Happiness (O'Reilly, 2017), considers how to create rich emotional experiences that contribute to our well-being.
Like SETI searches for alien life, Justin Searls is on a lifelong quest to find good software. He's convinced it must exist, but concedes he may not live to see it with his own eyes. Until that day should arrive, he and his teammates at Test Double will be working to uncover ways to improve the imperfect world of software. More than identifying quality in software as a finished product, his recent reflections have been on better understanding the mindsets and experiences that prompt developers to write code they can be proud of.
Marco Rogers has been a web engineer for over 10 years and is currently an Engineering Manager at Clover Health. His experience has taken him through many parts of the stack from web front-end to infrastructure. He would prefer to be building software, but is currently preoccupied with questions like these: How do you build and grow effective engineering teams? How can you tell if you’re a good engineering manager? What does it mean to make diversity and inclusion a first-class concern in company culture? Occasionally, he tweets about things.
Aaron was born and raised on the mean streets of Salt Lake City. His only hope for survival was to join the local gang of undercover street ballet performers known as the Tender Tights. As a Tender Tights member, Aaron learned to perfect the technique of self-defense pirouettes so that nobody, not even the Parkour Posse could catch him. Between vicious street dance-offs, Aaron taught himself to program. He learned to combine the art of street ballet with the craft of software engineering. Using these unique skills, he was able to leave his life on the streets and become a professional software engineer. He is currently Pirouetting through Processes, and Couruing through code for GitHub. Sometimes he thinks back fondly on his life in the Tender Tights, but then he remembers that it is better to have Tender Loved and Lost than to never have Tender Taught at all.