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[On-Demand Talk] Tech & Social Impact - The Power of Volunteering

About This Talk

When we talk about tech careers, the conversation is typically centered around skills and practices that can help you achieve a higher salary and more clout. While both of these things are perfectly understandable motivators to pursue a career in tech, there is also a lot of social good that can be done with our skills. In this talk, we'll explore why volunteering is particularly important in the tech industry and how you can do it.


  1. The importance of volunteering in the technology industry
  2. Why volunteering can positively impact everyone
  3. How to protect your own energy to avoid volunteering burnout


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🌈 Comment below and ask me questions — I might just answer them during my live speaker discussion!

About Bea

Bea is a frontend engineer, who transitioned into technology with the help of coding communities. She is passionate about helping others and aspires to mentor others in the future.

This on-demand talk is part of CodeLand 2021 — a virtual conference brought to you by CodeNewbie & DEV on September 23 & 24, 2021.

Latest comments (51)

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MJ Torres

here goes the first talk of my binge-watching session tonight. i really love how straightforward your explanations are, the idea of volunteering and initiating with the community clicked immediately in my head. i'm also grateful for the part where you mention self-care, as an aspiring dev, burnout gets to me easily because of thoughts that i should contribute to this and improve that. it makes me glad that stuff like this is normal with devs and that it keeps me certain that it is okay to take it all slowly.

welp that was slightly dramatic. :D
anyway, you could probably tell that i loved this talk so much! <3

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Thank you so much for watching my talk and for your kind words

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Sewvandi Promodya Wickramasinghe

This talk was awesome!

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Bea, this is such helpful advice! I was a recent contestant for Esri's and TechCrunch's Hackathon (for my final project at a 6 month coding program). I was super nervous/scared, but joined their slack channel and learned so much from experienced developers & engineers. This volunteer experience helped with my confidence. I also came out with so much new knowledge :D (also shout out to Alchemy Code Lab) 🤗

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Michael Tharrington

Heyo! Reminder that if you have any questions for @builtbybea to drop them here! We're gathering up these questions now for the live speaker discussion. 📣

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Christian New

This was an awesome talk @builtbybea !

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Remco Boerma

Good talk, thanks for sharing!

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Ikram Salim

Thank you Bea, volunteering at a tech company has made me learn a lot.

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Stephanie Back

The power of learning when to say "no" is huge and cannot be said enough.
Thanks for the great talk Bea!

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Elias Amini

Great talk Bea! Helping others is always a great way to find out more about yourself.

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Good talk! Just realized how deep can code be used for good!

kaj profile image

Thank you!

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Sarah Rivera

Thank you, great talk!

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Camilla Silva

My fear of not have enough skills has prevented me to volunteer in some projects in the past.
Last year, I helped in a project assisting dev team with gathering accessibility requirements (WCAG) and how to implement it. After your talk, I just realize that these experience help me with my impostor syndrome.

Thank you!

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This talk is like a fresh wind of air! It was really needed! Thanks a lot Bea!!

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Jessie Rohrer

Where can we find ways to volunteer? I know of Ruby for Good -- does anyone know of other similar groups?

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Bea • Edited

I would recommend using or to find local coding communities in your area and reaching out to the organisers.

This is a good article that has some coding communities you could reach out to: