Saturday, October 1 2016

Portland, OR

10:00am to 5:00pm

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.


Audrey Eschright


Unraveling the Masculinization of Technology

TW: general discussion of patterns of discrimination and bias

Chris Dobbins

Year 0: The Lies They Tell You

TW: racism, sexism, transphobia

Emily Bookstein

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So You Want Diversity In Tech?

TW: Discussion of historic racial wealth inequity

Julie Pagano

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Mid-career Survival for People Who Don’t Want to Be an Attrition Statistic When They Grow Up

TW: High level discussion of *-isms, bias, mental health impact, and other side effects of...

Kathryn Storm

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The Invisible Imposter

TW: Anxiety, therapy, unconscious bias, verbal abuse



Positive Selfiesteem

TW: Scopophobia (there will be selfies), transphobia mentions, mild sexual content

Lynn Cyrin

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Generations of Trans Women in Tech

TW: Mentions dating, sexuality, queerness, and relationships in the context of working in...

Marie Chatfield

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Low Power Mode: Managing Your Emotional and Creative Energy

TW: Feelings of burnout or anxious thoughts, mention of anxiety/general mental health.

Sarah Withee

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The Power of Secrets

TW: Brief mentions of depression and suicide.

Local Team

Emma Fisher

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