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[Keynote] Coding's a Drag

About This Keynote

In this keynote for CodeLand 2021, I tell the story of my journey as a coder and drag performer who is committed to making everyone feel that they belong in the tech industry. My goal with this talk is to reach early-career developers who might be doubting their own abilities and validity in this field. You can learn to code, become a software developer, and have a great time doing it!

Takeaways

  • Combining your passion with code
  • A beginner friendly data structures lesson
  • One developer's path to success as an engineer and finding community in the tech space

Slides

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๐ŸŒˆ After I present, please leave your thoughts, comments, and questions about my keynote in the comments below!


About Anna Lytical

Anna Lytical is a Developer Experience Engineer at Google and a coding drag performer who creates fun and educational coding content to engage a early-career developer audience on TikTok, Twitter, YouTube, and beyond.


This keynote will be presented as part of CodeLand 2021 on September 23. After the talk is streamed as part of the conference, it will be added to this post as a recorded video along with the slides.

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Loreto Espiritu Torres

Anna,
Thank you very much for your presentation. It was entertaining and and informative. Most of all, very inspiring.

I know that your stated target audience are the young LGBTQ+ budding Computer Scientists and Software Developers. However, this โ€œold dogโ€ is quite inspired and appreciative of your presentation.

This โ€œold dogโ€ has lived so far back into the closet and had not lived a full life as a person or as a Software Developer. itโ€™s only been recently that I am taking a peek through the closet door cracks.

I have left the industry for sometime now and is currently working in retail. I am looking into going back in the software development industry and had been taking online courses โ€” Udacity and Udemy.

My presence in CodeLand is also part of that effort. I had to request personal days off just to be fully present in all the presentations today and tomorrow.

I just wish that I had the mentorship and supportive environment you had.

Hereโ€™s to wishing me the best โ€œluckโ€ in my effort to get back on the saddle.

Thanks again, Anna/George.

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Coding Drag Queen Anna Lytical ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป Author

Good luck George!!! Thank you for sharing your story and for getting back into things!! You'll do amazing ๐Ÿ’œ

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Loreto Espiritu Torres • Edited

Ohh, ohh. Anna Lytical. I was addressing you as Anna/George in the thank you line.

My name is Loreto. No worries. I can truly see how my message can be confusing. Funny. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Jos O'shea (they/them)

Hi Anna! I'm an aspiring developer who's LGBTQ. I'm wondering if you know of any explicitly queer online developer communities, initiatives, or open source projects?

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Coding Drag Queen Anna Lytical ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป Author

Hi Jos! I don't have any that I know of unfortunately ๐Ÿฅบ I think there are a variety of organizations that do like LGBTQ+ tech meetups but I find the majority of those to be completely untechnical (which is great to increase the community, but I've found them to almost be less helpful for myself because then I'm like am I the only queer coder here??) Perhaps it will be something in my future to put together ๐Ÿ‘€ ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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Jos O'shea (they/them)

Bummer, thanks for the response though! Might be worthwhile to try and cultivate some sort of community like that myself. Even if it's just a discord or slack channel?

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elleon003 • Edited

OMG I am so excited for this talk! Anna Lytical is a freaking brilliant Drag Queen name!!!

This is one of the best explinations of coding concepts I've seen. This presentation is fire.

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Coding Drag Queen Anna Lytical ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป Author

So glad you loved it!!!! I always bring the ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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Michael Tharrington (he/him)

That "impossible" dress was so freaking cool! I'm glad that folks are out there making the impossible happen. ๐Ÿ™Œ

All in all, this is just such a fun, awesome talk. Thanks so much, Anna!

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Coding Drag Queen Anna Lytical ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป Author

Glad you had fun! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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austinxduong

this talk is so exciting, fun, & colorful! brilliant. I'm living for this ๐Ÿฆ„ ๐Ÿ˜„

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Coding Drag Queen Anna Lytical ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป Author

๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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callumreid

I couldn't have been more excited until the keynote speaker came on in drag! I had not looked ahead at the speakers and this was the greatest surprise to me

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Coding Drag Queen Anna Lytical ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป Author

Just being my glamorous self ๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿ’œ

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Glenn

Nothing is impossible! For me it has always been about whether the effort is worth the outcome. :D

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Shara Crosslin

I love the parallels you are drawing between coding and drag, brilliant!

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Kayla

This feels like a fun chat with a friend, not a stuffy slideshow ๐Ÿ‘

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Coding Drag Queen Anna Lytical ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป Author

A stuffy slideshow??? I would NEVER ๐Ÿ’œ

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efoley326

The gloves are ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜

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fizzybuzzybeezy

Thank you for your keynote, Anna!

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fizzybuzzybeezy • Edited

I grew up at a time and place where programmers (potential mentors) where few and far between.

Finding coding opportunities were tough outside of college, so I felt like I had to go into a CS program. Still having a friendly community was very difficult to find and maintain connections to.

It's so great to know that there are more welcoming communities out there now.

๐Ÿ‘'ing for you too!

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Coding Drag Queen Anna Lytical ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป Author

The tech landscape is always evolving, just like the world, so I think there amount of communities and support is only increasing which is wonderful ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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Ayu Adiati • Edited

I love Anna's positive vibe and the simple explanations about concepts!

"Data structures can be glamorous!"

Thank you Anna!

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Coding Drag Queen Anna Lytical ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป Author

Good vibes only!! ๐Ÿ’œ

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Ayu Adiati

Yesssss!!! Thank you so much for the talk, Anna!

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Stephanie Back • Edited

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ You are fabulous!
Also that dress is amazing!

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Sarah Rivera

Wow, I love your explanations! Thank you, this whole keynote was so relatable.

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Coding Drag Queen Anna Lytical ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป Author

RelatableContent is my goal ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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Artemisa Yescas Engler

I love and appreciate so much Anna's explanations. My programming classes would have been so much easier to understand.

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Coding Drag Queen Anna Lytical ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป Author

I think so many programming classes could be easier to understand ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ’œ

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Maria (Mars)

My favorite talk of the day! Love the approachability of learning CS concepts through things we are familiar with in the real world. So so fun!

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Coding Drag Queen Anna Lytical ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป Author

Yay! I'm glad you had fun, I had fun! ๐Ÿ’œ

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Jessie Rohrer

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
Thanks for sharing your experience, and for making data structures make sense :)

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Coding Drag Queen Anna Lytical ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป Author

Happy to help! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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Fatima-Ezzahra

Two of my favorite things coming together : Coding and Drag ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป
What a wonderful thing to witness. And, the talk was amazing, everyone can do anything they want.

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Coding Drag Queen Anna Lytical ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป Author

Those are my favorite things too!! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ Glad you enjoyed the talk

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Novice

Wow! It was late night here in India, so I saw the talk just now (good morning from India btw ๐Ÿ™ ). It was Amazing!!
Thanks Coding Drag Queen Anna Lytical for the amazing session :D

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Coding Drag Queen Anna Lytical ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป Author

You're welcome! ๐Ÿ’œ

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Stephanie Back

Thank you Anna Lytical! That was truly inspiring! :D

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Coding Drag Queen Anna Lytical ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿป Author

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