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Vanessa Hurst @DBNess New York, NY

Coder, mom, social entrepreneur. Director, Engineering Practice @Etsy. Founder & Board Chair @GirlDevelopIt. (soon!) author of Continuous Learning in Teams

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Joined Twitter 3/10/09

Super honored to be added to the Girl Develop It Board of Directors! I look forward to the work we can get done tog…
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstA report I did on Hackentine's Day, a hackathon geared for women, hosted by @girldevelopit featured here:…
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Psychological safety is key aspect of effective teams. -@skamille #LeadDev
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstGreat slides from @kavbojka who is speaking about what should be the "killer app" of all tech companies: support.…
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a special thanks to all the quilters out there who've been sending me tips since I said I was learning quilting on @CBSThisMorning yesterday
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Only 3 spots left in our Intro to WordPress class starting Monday:
Retweeted by Vanessa Hurst.roses { color: red; } .violets { color: blue;} Now you know some #CSS, ...and #HTML, too! Thanks for joining us!…
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstPretty amazing that it's the fifth year that the @travis_fnd is organising @RailsGirlsSoC, super proud of what they've achieved.
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A bunch of free screenings of Hidden Figures happening this weekend take your favourite feisty niece
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstI'm speaking at Monitorama! so are a lot of other amazing people! very excited.
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstIf you're coming to #SXSW, I, @nmsanchez, and @_austinmerrill will be doing a panel. I'm really excited about it.
Retweeted by Vanessa Hurst“A Hackathon between Police and Youth of Color? The Time is Now.” by @Qeyno
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@Luvvie YUP. And if you talk about feminism/justice issues, people think you're supposed to just do it for free or cheap "for the movement"
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstThe speakers' circuit is one of those places where the pay gap is SUPER REAL. Women who give talks/keynotes get paid way less than men.
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstWas asked to speak at an international conference that grosses 15 million EUROS. My agent emailed them and they said they don't pay speakers
Retweeted by Vanessa Hurst @nmsanchez @beLaurie everything about this is 💕💙💚💛💜. thank you both for your leadership!!Some folks talk that talk about their commitment to black technologist and some put the action and resources to support that @nmsanchez ❤❤
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstSo greatful to the aweosme folks at @github and the leadership of @nmsanchez for helping bring #sourceroad to life!
Retweeted by Vanessa Hurst#sourceroad
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstFantastic turnout for our first #hackathon in #nyc #gdihackentinesday #girldevelopit #womenintech #gdinyc
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstICYMI: you can now see @omojumiller's talk on using machine learning to form solutions to social problems here:
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Happy Valentine's Day from the Catchafire team! Check out our Opportunities page ( to find…
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Looking for a social good project to contribute to? We are looking for collaborators! Learn more and apply:
Retweeted by Vanessa Hurstyour real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else.
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstEnsuring racial diversity among reporters isn't abt political correctness... it's abt accuracy, fairness, truth @nhannahjones #infoneeds
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Retweeted by Vanessa HurstProject Recap! "Date-a-Base" offers a curated list of suggestions for dates built with ReactJS, HTML and CSS.…
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstProject Recap! "The Important Questions" matches friends by common interests built with Ruby on Rails & JavaScript#…
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstProject Recap! "Star Crossed" a matching app for computer scientists & engineers based on their astrological sign…
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstProject Recap! "Thnq" a gratitude journal based on the compound effect theory; built with Rails #gdihackentinesday
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstProject Recap! "ALOHA" location based private messaging system built for iOS w/ Swift and Node.js for web…
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstProject Recap! "Compliment Bot" is a @SlackHQ bot to inspire your channel members! Built with Ruby and Sinatra…
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstProject Recap! "Share the Love" is like mad libs for love poems; built with HTML, CSS and JavaScript.…
Retweeted by Vanessa Hurstthanks again for a great salesforce class yesterday! #GDISalesforce
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So proud of the @GDInyc & @CodeAsCraft teams for putting together an inspiring and welcoming #GDIHackentinesDay today at @Etsy. 😍🤗Hanging out at Hackentine's Day with @girldevelopit at @Etsy HQ in Brooklyn! Some pretty awesome stuff being built👍🏼
Retweeted by Vanessa Hursttoday's Intro to API slides: looking forward to hacking @girldevelopit & @Etsy!
Retweeted by Vanessa Hurstteaching, making with @gdinyc at @etsy #gdihackentinesday @ Etsy HQ
Retweeted by Vanessa Hurst @gdinyc #gdinyc #gdihackentinesday #nyc #etsy #ge #hackathon #womenintech
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstSo excited to be here at the kickoff of #gdihackentinesday w @gdinyc - a welcoming beginner-friendly hackathon! ✨💞
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstBrain's still percolating with ideas after @omojumiller 's @codeascraft talk: approaching tech pipeline w machine l…
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstThe moment you realize you've just built a feed forward neural network to do hierarchical classification!
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A man too racist to be a federal judge in the 80s is now Attorney General. Do you realize how racist "too racist" was in the 1980s?
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You can read the full letter here: #LetLizSpeak
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Not saying @ACLU should never partner with for-profit entities, just think these considerations should be part of the story from the start.
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstIt's critical orgs like @ACLU understand the role venture-backed ad-supported tech plays in enabling govt overreach & privacy violations.
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstThis news really makes me think the @ACLU doesn't have leadership literate in how tech enables surveillance culture.
Retweeted by Vanessa Hurst @ajkamel @omojumiller so good!! Thanks for writing it out @nitya @codeascraft yes, it will be published! @codeascraft @omojumiller "Intelligence is a muscle" - do intentional learning "Expose your ignorance" - therein lies the power #GoodAdvice
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstThis Q&A with @omojumiller happening right now is spot on.
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstYou have to expose your ignorance to gain power (to learn). Interesting quote of the night! @omojumiller
Retweeted by Vanessa Hurst"There will always be more jobs. More data = more unanswered questions => require solutions" fantastic @codeascraft talk from @omojumiller
Retweeted by Vanessa Hurst @omojumiller "Peanuts & science" vs. "Pizza & beer" => rethink social implications (and cultures) of computing (Ta…
Retweeted by Vanessa Hurst"Beauty and Joy of Coding" class being discussed by @omojumiller at @codeascraft, and how CS dept looses people
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstListening to @omojumiller @etsy discuss her research on the socio-economic factors that affect one's decision to pu…
Retweeted by Vanessa Hurst. @omojumiller @codeascraft The importance of "belonging" is critical => Even at Berkeley there is non-trivial pop.…
Retweeted by Vanessa Hurst @omojumiller @codeascraft If you want to have people stay, you need to make them feel they belong -- otherwise they will self-select out!!!
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstBerkeley's intro CS course showed female-identified CS students felt less belonging than male-identified.… @omojumiller makes case for data science to make educated decisions on what works for…
Retweeted by Vanessa Hurst"We have to figure out what makes someone choose CS and optimize for those metrics." Live with @omojumiller here:
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstOn Diversity: "People left in comp sci represent just 30% of the population" >> Self-selecting won't scale for mass re-training @omojumiller
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstLive-streaming now. Awesome talk! (h/t @DBNess ) > Truck driving is the bastion of working class > Here comes Otto…
Retweeted by Vanessa Hurst"Where are the black people? Where are the women? Am I the only one like me who finds lexicons so interesting?" @omojumiller @codeascraft"I was working on artificial intelligence for UAVs... and listening to a lot of Jay-Z" - @omojumiller on her early adventures in CompSciExcited to hear @omojumiller speak about machine learning tonight @codeascraft
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstStarting momentarily, we'll be streaming @omojumiller's talk at Etsy HQ on what *really* makes a coder, stay tuned!
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Raise your hand if you're a Jumoke fan. 🙋🏼✋🏻
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstExcited that I'll be speaking at @scaleconfco in March!
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstIf you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, invest in women's leadership. #mondaymotivation ✨…
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstCheck out "Code As Craft with @omojumiller @Etsy discussing: What really makes a coder?" @Eventbrite
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RT if most of your knowledge of global geography came from Carmen Sandiego. Many thanks, Janese Swanson!'m an #actuallivingscientist researching honeybees & disease evolution. Sometimes #DressLikeAWoman , but not sure…
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstI #DressLikeAWoman working on @esa human spaceflight robotics & @Space_Station robotic arm operations!…
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstI'm an #actuallivingscientist from South Africa currently working on shark ecology & human-wildlife conflict. I'm p…
Retweeted by Vanessa Hurst#MondayMotivation 💪💫 @Caterina
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This is a decent indicator that Google is losing Black employees as fast as they can hire them. It's likely they ha…
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstI launched today, to help provide some scaffolding for all this new civic consciousness among techies. Join me!
Retweeted by Vanessa HurstTuesday! Feb 7, 2017- Join @omojumiller and @codeascraft for a machine learning look at "What really makes a coder?"