Saturday, June 27 2015

Portland, OR

11:30am to 4:00pm

AlterConf was a traveling conference series that provided safe opportunities for marginalized people and those who support them in the tech and gaming industries. By highlighting the powerful voices and positive initiatives of local community members, we built hope and strengthened the community’s resolve to create safer spaces for everyone.

The conferences went beyond the limited definitions and basic discussions of diversity to create a deeper, more nuanced conversation. Each conference featured a wide range of speakers delivering critical analyses of tech and gaming culture and presented their vision for what our community can be.


Kamilah Jenkins


Visualizing Disparity

TW: racial/health/financial inequalities

Kyeli Smith

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Broken Body Beautiful: how taking selfies with my iPhone helped me find self-love

TW: Discussions of disability, being fat and society's expectations.

Liz Abinante

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Sniffing for Culture Smells & Interviewing Critically

TW: (very limited) examples of workplace discrimination/harassment

Lynn Cyrin

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Building a Home on the Internet

TW: I can't think of any at the moment, but I feel like some might be added as I work on...

Stephanie Morillo

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The Road Ahead: Making 'Diversity In Tech' More Inclusive

TW: We will discuss privilege included ableism, racism, sexism, transphobia & homophobia...

Note: this has been edited of some of it's original content. See Sumana's explanation here.

Sumana Harihareswara


Stand-up comedy that doesn't hurt

TW: I may joke *about* sexism, classism, racism, and other -isms, including quoting...

Local Team

Jorie Tappa



Audrey Eschright



Susan Lin

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