Open Source and Feelings Open Source & Feelings

Hsing-Hui Hsu

Hsing-Hui Hsu

To Feel or Not to Feel; That is the Question

In the tech industry, and especially in the open source community, there are many frustrations and problems that everyone experiences. It is no secret, however, that these problems are not evenly distributed. Those who tend to be underrepresented in the industry find their feelings of marginalization compounded by behavior that has come to be viewed as the norm.

And while it is also no secret that speaking out about these issues can in itself be a problem, it is not as simple as it seems. Will standing up to injustice harm your career? Are harassment and *-ism just something you should expect? Is there a certain initiation/hazing period that you have to simply suffer through before you can be taken seriously? Do certain marginalized subgroups have it worse than others, and what does that mean for those who don't have it the worst? In this talk, we'll take a deep dive into the many not-often-discussed nuances of a widely known problem.

Speaker Bio

Hsing-Hui Hsu is a graduate of the first cohort of Ada Developers Academy. She enjoys learning languages (both computer and human), playing ultimate frisbee, and rabbit-hole spelunking. Hsing-Hui currently works as a full-stack developer at CareZone.