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Stephanie Migdalia Pi Herrera at p5js Diversity

I was vis­it­ing New York, and I got to see peo­ple who were cod­ing who did not look like the peo­ple at my start­up. Who did not act like the peo­ple at my start­up. It was a very dif­fer­ent pro­gram, obvi­ous­ly a lot of artists. That was real­ly inter­est­ing to me, and I was like, Oh. These are atyp­i­cal devel­op­ers. Maybe I could be an atyp­i­cal developer.”

Phoenix Perry at p5js Diversity

I’m going to tell you a lit­tle bit about an orga­ni­za­tion I run, The Code Liberation Foundation. We teach women to pro­gram games for free. We’ve taught over a thou­sand new woman to be pro­gram­mers, between the ages of six­teen to sixty.

Liberation Technology

My goal […] was to live in that ten­sion, to empow­er mak­ers, musi­cians, coders, and artists to con­tin­ue to make wide-eyed and yet still open-hearted— One of my favorite authors, Ursula K. LeGuin calls this the Grand Inquisitor’s Choice,” where you choose free­dom with­out hap­pi­ness, or hap­pi­ness with­out freedom.

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