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[On-Demand Talk] Next-Gen Inclusivity: How Gen Z Can Make Real Change in Tech

About this talk

We are in the 21st century, the era of web3, the Metaverse, and the tech world bringing imagination to real life. With so much advancement, why are we still not able to make the tech industry a safe heaven for EVERYONE? What are the steps that we can take to make this industry better?

I believe that if all of us can take a step forward and be the change we wish to see in technology, an ethical movement will be ushered in.

In this talk we will see how the change can be brought by simple yet effective ways.

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


About me

Hi! I'm Haimantika Mitra β€” Developer Advocate at Appwrite. I'm also a community builder and a product of community myself as I'm heavily involved in learning, sharing, and building for and with various communities myself! I believe that technology is for everyone. So far, I've helped over 1000 students in the BAME community with mentoring and improving their technical skills. I'm also a huge advocate of women in tech, and have helped women early in their careers find a way to the field.


This on-demand talk is part of CodeLand 2022 β€” a virtual conference brought to you by CodeNewbie & DEV on June 16 & 17, 2022.

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Hussain Codes

Recruiting processes in tech can be a big barrier for early-career devs, especially for young first-timers who just graduated and want to break into tech. Many processes are outdated, irrelevant for the 21st century or (some) older people in tech can be gatekeepers. How can young devs create change in this aspect?

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haimantika mitra Author

Here's a story about a software developer from India (15+years of experience) - who not only helped frontend engineers get a job, but also advocated the change in the type of interviews (having role specific interviews only) and now many companies have accepted the change.

What I wanted to say from the story is - only one person speaking up can bring the change!

Alternatively, you can always politely talk with the HR of the particular company about the things you don't like and would appreciate change. If that does not work, you can reach out to someone on LinkedIn of the same company expressing your grievances and hoping they would take some action. If not, you can always call out such actions!

Also, I highly recommend the book "Whistle Blower" by Susan Fowler, her one blogpost brought massive changes and broke the internet!

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Hussain Codes

That's really helpful advice! Thank you so much for taking the time to give such a detailed response.

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haimantika mitra Author

It is my pleasure!

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Aron Aman

Great question mate.

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Phaveey

Thanks so much for this wealth of knowledge.

I have been fortunate enough to be a part of an amazing community myself... "She Code Africa".
What is your advice though, on how to get more involved in Software communities?

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haimantika mitra Author

Such communities are a blessing in disguise!
My advice would be:

  1. Be updated with what's going on in the community
  2. Participate in the events organized by them
  3. Sign up for collaboration
  4. Chat with other members of the community - learn from them
  5. Grow your network
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Anya Brun

Thank you so much for presenting, Haimantika. It’s clear that you practice what you preach and inclusion isn’t just a talking point but a personal goal for you. CodeLand’s commitment to inclusivity is also evident in the diversity of the speakers as well as the timely and accurate captions.

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haimantika mitra Author

Thank you Anya for your kind words! :)

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Sarah Rivera

Thanks for the talk!

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haimantika mitra Author

Thank you for tuning in!

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Michael Tharrington

Great point that Gen-Z is so literate when it comes to social media and that this is a huge advantage for us when it comes to advocating for change. That said, social media really burns me out sometimes. πŸ”₯

Do you think it's really important for socially-conscious software developers to have a presence on social media? I'd honestly like to delete all of my accounts if I can πŸ˜…, but I worry that I won't be able to affect change or be considered for jobs without a Twitter.

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haimantika mitra Author

Everybody has their own way to success - if social media is too much for you, you must have other things that you are great at! Have your tried writing a blog? Or maybe recording a tutorial?

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Michael Tharrington

Really appreciate your thoughtful reply! I totally agree with you that there are many ways to success.

To be honest, I am actually not a developer, but a community manager at DEV. I should've provided a bit better context! πŸ˜…

I do write a blog posts on dev.to and it's super rewarding. But I also often find that after a full day of interacting there I'm just a bit spent on other social media and so don't participate as frequently. I feel guilty about it, but after I'm off the clock, I just really like to get away from the screens.

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Ozoeze Ugo

I agree. Social media can be a lot too for me.

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brian bethencourt

I feel overwhelmed at times by how many things need to be changed in our society. Do you have any advice for this Gen-Z developer for prioritizing what causes to get involved in when there are about 50 thousand things I care about?

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haimantika mitra Author

See what effects you the most! Make a priority list and then take one at a time!

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fizzybuzzybeezy

Hi Haimantika! Thanks for your talk. There are lots of older industries that are interested in recruiting generation Z tech workers to help them grow their careers. They know making an impact on the company culture in terms of inclusivity is an important factor. No one wants to work for at a cringe company, dept, or boss. If you were to speak at a conference of HR executives, where would you direct them to start making sweeping changes? Thank you!

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haimantika mitra Author

Primarily in their hiring process. Most companies where people don't want to join either have a tedious recruiting process or unrealistic demands in the job description. Next I would say, employee treatment, onboarding process also makes a lot of difference. People want to be in the friendly neighbourhood and not somewhere where they feel left out!

This is a very interesting question, we should chat more about this!

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Peace Sandy

I think this talk is particularly for me, I belong to @Ingressiveforgood , please can you share how I can actively participate. Also, how can I pass recruiting process, they are always so many requirements

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Peace Sandy

Hi Haimankita, thank you very much for this , I have a problem of Collaborating and networking, please do you mind sharing tips on how to overcome this