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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.

Takeaways

  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

Slides

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🌈 Comment below and ask me questions β€” 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 β€” a virtual conference brought to you by CodeNewbie & DEV on September 23 & 24, 2021.

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Varghese Jose

Thank you for the awesome session

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Novice

Hello Hello Bea!!

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Ryan Nance-Donaldson

Another thought on how this all adds value - better documentation and more information for future hires means there are less questions that the new hires need to ask! Not that asking questions is bad, but they can ask more specific questions rather than general ones about something that was poorly documented.

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Bea

I love this thought! Good documentations helps everyone on the team, especially new hires. It makes onboarding much smoother. It also opens up a discussion amongst the team if someone wants to discuss creating process changes

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Richard Dewey Hammers

Hello Bea and everyone else! How's everyone doing today?

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Luis Castillo

Deweeeyyy! :)

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Richard Dewey Hammers

Luis! How are you!

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Ujjwal Pratap Singh

I have a question. How can we get started with a open source project with a large codebase?

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Tyler V. (he/him)

This is going to depend on the project in question, but I've noticed that some have either a designated location to ask questions and work with a more experienced developer or a discord/slack to get up to speed.

DEV's Twitch streams walking through the code base are the next step up from this (and I hope more Open source projects can start doing this in the future!)

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Ujjwal Pratap Singh

I really didn't knew about the Twitch thing. I am surely going to follow devs on Twitch. Thanks for replying.

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Bea • Edited

I've never contributed to open source projects, so I wouldn't be able to give advice.
However, if your a beginner to open source

Here's a repository on Github that has a list of open source projects for beginner, categorised by programming languages: github.com/MunGell/awesome-for-beg...

Also Hacktober is a great way to start getting involved in open source: hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/

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Novice

This talk is going to be awesome I believe. The power of volunteering is yet to be known.

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MJ Torres

man, these sessions really have great topics and it's unfortunate that it's 1:00 am here in the Philippines, lol. might have to watch the next sessions in my own pace, happy viewing! <3

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Ella (she/her/elle)

Absolutely @mahyellaw ! The videos will be available in the On Demand posts later on. We'll catch you on the flip side!

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Kajah

Is contributing to open source considered a part of volunteering?

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Bea

I would definitely consider open source as part of volunteering. Here's a repository on Github that has a list of open source projects for beginner, categorised by programming languages: github.com/MunGell/awesome-for-beg...

Also Hacktober is a great way to start getting involved in open source: hacktoberfest.digitalocean.com/

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Mohamad Hanafi

Where can we volunteer as developers, especially for those of us outside the US?
Thank you very much! Awesome talk!

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Tyler V. (he/him)

Open source projects are a great way to volunteer (and Hacktober fest is coming up soon πŸ‘€)

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Bea

I'm super excited, if I have time hopefully I can take part in Hacktober

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Bea

I would recommend using meetup.com or eventbrite.com 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: learntocodewith.me/posts/13-places.

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Sabine V

Great point that volunteering can help beat imposter syndrome! Such an awesome way to grow skills, confidence and social skills too! And also just a great way to give back to others.
Volunteering could also be working on non-profit projects who don't have the resources to hire paid developers

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GS

Thanks for all your insight. I appreciate it

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Luis Castillo

Hello Bea

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Novice

I am the breaker, tester, and mentor XD

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Peter Orton

Improving confidence at early stages is incredibly important, thank you for your insights.

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Debra-Kaye Elliott

Great presentation πŸ‘πŸΎ. Volunteering is a great way to learn and gradually gain confidence as a new developer.