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Here’s a peek at our upcoming events for May. We’ll update this post as new things are added, but these are all listed on our events calendar as well. Most descriptions are from the events’ respective sites.

Speaking Engagements:

Kyle Anderson at AIGA: What IS ‘delightful’ UX anyways? - May 12

Kyle will be a part of a panel discussing: What is ‘delightful’ UX anyways? We’ve all heard some form of ‘make the user experience delightful,’ but in large part this concept of ‘delight’ remains too loosely defined. This 75 minute moderated group discussion will attempt to unpack the meaning of ‘delightful UX’ and how it’s definition may take on different connotations depending on the context i.e. gaming app, healthcare tracking systems, enterprise software dashboards, productivity tools, etc.

Marcy Sutton at Seattle Software Craftsmanship: The Magic of Automated Accessibility Testing – May 12

You could make a big pot of coffee and manually search the rendered source of your webapp for ARIA correctness or sample colors to check color contrast, but that would be pretty ineffective. Instead, you can win by automating tests for common accessibility problems and catching them before they are deployed into the world. We’ll focus on methods for building accessibility into your development workflow and infrastructure, using a pragmatic approach to software quality to build a more inclusive Web.

Marcy Sutton at JSConf US: Accessibility in 30 Minutes or Less: The Magic of Automated Accessibility Testing – May 27

In the amount of time it would take to have a pizza delivered, Marcy will teach you about accessibility through JavaScript testing. By using a pragmatic approach to software quality, we can create a more inclusive Web. Take it from someone who has broken high-profile builds: you can win by automating tests for common accessibility problems and catching them before they are deployed out into the world.

Donte Parks at AlterConf: Breaking Down Diversity in Tech One Company at a Time – May 30

There has been no shortage of press in recent months on the topic of diversity in tech. While these articles have done a fair job of illuminating specific issues and the problem in general, in most cases they have not provided insight into how we can actually work to solve the problem(s). At Substantial, we started the year by announcing Spectrum, a year-long initiative focused on making it not only a more inclusive workplace, but an advocate for diversity in tech in the community at large. It’s been a few months of learnings and increasing awareness, and we’re ready to share what we’ve done so far. It’s still very early in the initiative, but there are already some lessons that we can share, useful for both organizations and individuals, both those in decision-making capacity and not. Wanting to solve the problem is the first step, but let’s turn those intentions into action.


JSConf US – May 27-29

JSConf has been around for 7 years with more than 10 events across the world. These events aren’t from the standard conference playbook. They have always retained some core concepts, the most fundamental of which is to always focus on the human social development aspect of the event. The second is to always indulge every attendee well beyond that which they have paid. The third is to always treat attendees, staff, sponsors, and speakers with the utmost of respect and appreciation. JSConf has been a launching point for an incredible number of the most revolutionary products, services, and technologies on the web.

AlterConf – May 30

AlterConf Sessions are local events that provide safe opportunities for marginalized people in the tech and gaming industries to learn from and support one another. By highlighting the powerful voices and positive initiatives of local community members, we build hope and strengthen the community’s resolve to create safer, healthier spaces for everyone.

Other Meetups:

Seattle.rb Monthly Meetup – May 5

Seattle.rb was the first Ruby and Rails user group in North America and has met regularly for over a decade. We convene every Tuesday night to contribute to open source, work on personal projects, and teach and learn from one another. All skill levels are welcome!

Media Portrayals of Women in Tech - May 12

Seattle Women in Tech has invited a panel of experts to discuss the recent media focus on women in technology, and the potential impact of the increased public attention the topic has received over the past year. How has this changed the perception of women in technology? What difference is this likely to make in the industry? How do the stories and images influence young women considering pursuing a career in technology?

Beer&&Code– May 13, & 27

Beer&&Code is a coder’s meetup in Seattle. A typical Beer&&Coder likes to use any programming language for work or for fun, enjoy a tasty drink, meet other Beer&&Coders and be a part of a community, and be challenged and learn from others. Whether you are new developer, a veteran, a designer, or none of those, you can hang out at Beer&&Code.

Refresh Seattle – May 27

Refresh Seattle is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of New Media endeavors in the Seattle/Puget Sound area. Promoting design, technology, usability, and standards, Refresh Seattle is a part of Refresh and the associated Refreshing Cities

Design Thinking & Innovation Collective – May 28

Seattle Design Thinking & Innovation Collective aims to bring people together from a wide variety of industries, backgrounds and roles to collaborate and discuss practices, methodologies, tactics and experiences to help us collectively bring innovative ideas to the world.

Community Events

Seattle Central College Foundation Gala - May 7

Seattle Central Foundation invites you to join in for an evening of fine dining, exciting auctions and inspiration on how you can make education possible for all Seattleites. Festivities will be held at The Westin Seattle on Thursday, May 7, 2015. Last year, a record-breaking $262,000 was raised towards scholarships and programs to enable students of all ages to achieve their educational dreams. We look forward to surpassing this goal and increasing your reach and impact in our community. Please mark your calendars for this exciting event where we will inspire others to believe in a brighter future!

Geekwire Awards Gala - May 7

Join us at the EMP in Seattle for one of the region’s most-anticipated and hotly-contested tech events: the GeekWire Awards. Continuing this great tradition, we’ll reveal the winners of the Pacific Northwest’s annual startup and technology awards, as nominated and chosen by GeekWire readers.

Mainstay Wine and Food Pairing Fundraiser - May 30

You can help make dreams of employment come true for Seattle area individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Being employed means so much - contributing to your community, being part of a team, having social and intellectual outlets and earning money!

Main image from Flickr user Jespr.