What Matters, Episode 20: Equalithons with Marie Roker-Jones

Hackathons are great events that often bring communities together. Through code and experiences, everyone benefits. What if you could grow that benefit for all parties involved?

In this episode of What Matters, PJ sits down with Marie Roker-Jones, co-founder of Essteem, to discuss Equalithons, i.e., hackathons that benefit underrepresented groups in tech that also help build for the non-profit community! 

Whether you are an organization looking to be more inclusive or a coder looking to work for good causes, Equalithons help the community on all sides.

Episode 20: Equalithons

Beyond building code for organizations that need it, Marie and her team focus on finding the outliers of the tech world and helping them find a space to create and participate. It’s not just about building applications, it’s about building confidence and building careers. Check out the Pride Month hackathon Essteem is doing in conjunction with StartOut.org.

Additionally, to celebrate our 20th episode, we are introducing a new part of the What Matters podcast: Open Source Matters with Ben Lloyd Pearson! 

Ben will be sharing recent items of note in various open source communities. From software to hardware, he’ll keep us up to date with all things open source as a companion to his blog post series.

Listen to What Matters now! 

What Matters, Episode 15 is now available to listen to or download. Check out the full episode — and all our episodes — now available from Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, SoundCloud, and wherever you want to listen in! 

About the Show

What Matters is a bi-weekly podcast from the folks at Mattermost where we take a look at all the things we enjoy about the communities we are a part of — open source, ChatOps, DevOps, Go, and everything in between — and distill it into a podcast hosted by Senior Developer Advocate PJ Hagerty. Reach out and let us know what topics, guests, and other ideas you have for the show! 

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PJ Hagerty

PJ is the Senior Developer Advocate at Mattermost and a board member at Open Sourcing Mental Illness (osmihelp.org). He is also an organizer of DevOps Days Buffalo, CodeDaze, and ElixirDaze . Additionally, PJ is a developer, writer, speaker, and musician. He is known to travel the world speaking about programming and the way people think and interact. He is also known for wearing hats.

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