36 episodes

Virtual Coffee is an intimate community for developers at all stages of the journey. In the Virtual Coffee Podcast, hosted by Bekah Hawrot Weigel and Dan Ott, you'll find interviews with members of our community to learn more about their stories, who they are, how they found Virtual Coffee, and how it has influenced their lives as developers. We want to bring everything that's special about Virtual Coffee, the intimacy and the friendships we’ve built, and share that with everyone through the podcast. We’re always growing and learning together as a group, and there’s something really special about being able to do that knowing that you’ll have the full support of the community around you. And that’s what this podcast is about too.

The Virtual Coffee Podcast Virtual Coffee

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Virtual Coffee is an intimate community for developers at all stages of the journey. In the Virtual Coffee Podcast, hosted by Bekah Hawrot Weigel and Dan Ott, you'll find interviews with members of our community to learn more about their stories, who they are, how they found Virtual Coffee, and how it has influenced their lives as developers. We want to bring everything that's special about Virtual Coffee, the intimacy and the friendships we’ve built, and share that with everyone through the podcast. We’re always growing and learning together as a group, and there’s something really special about being able to do that knowing that you’ll have the full support of the community around you. And that’s what this podcast is about too.

    Maeling Murphy - Transitioning to tech, and taking notes along the way

    Maeling Murphy - Transitioning to tech, and taking notes along the way

    This week Bekah and Dan sat down with Dr. Maeling Murphy, a software engineer who recently transitioned into tech. Maeling shared the importance of connecting with potential employers to see if they would fit her values, how contributing to open source projects can help prepare you for your first job, and the value of developing the connection to community and being able to grow alongside others. Oh, and did we mention we talked a lot about Notion? She takes us through her notetaking journey and answers all our questions about finding the right approach.

    About Maeling
    Dr. Maeling Murphy is a software engineer who recently transitioned into tech, coming from an 8+ year entrepreneurial journey as a digital content creator and as a Ph.D. research scientist in Materials Science & Engineering. 
    Maeling identifies as a multi-passionate creative soul, finding expression through gardening, programming, brush-lettering and other mediums that cross her path. 
    She lets her love for exploration, learning and sharing with others lead her in all aspects of life and is enjoying this journey with her husband and son.
    maelingmurphy on GitHub@maelingcodes on Twitter@maeling-murphy on LinkedInLinks from the show:
    Harvard's CS50100 days of codeVirtual Coffee Demo Monthly Challenge Homeschool journalGithubLearning Path logKaren's Notion for job searchesKaren's Job Application Details SpreadsheetFrank's Notetaking SystemKeyValues: Find engineering teams that share your valuesDan's Pinboard bookmarksForem - Open source project that Nick Taylor helps maintainSponsor Virtual Coffee!
     Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community. 
     Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!
    Virtual Coffee:
     Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

    • 52 min
    Jessica Wilkins - Growing your tech career through writing

    Jessica Wilkins - Growing your tech career through writing

    This week Bekah and Dan sat down with Jessica Wilkins, a self-taught developer and a staff author for the freeCodeCamp News publication. Jessica talks about how to get started with tech writing, how to differentiate between constructive criticism and negative feedback, and how to avoid gatekeeping by eliminating assumptions from your writing, avoiding terms and phrases like "it's so easy!", and sometimes adding prerequisites to your posts.
    About Jessica Wilkins
    Jessica Wilkins is a self taught developer and technical writer from Los Angeles, California.
    In her previous career, she was a professional oboist, educator and owner of JDW Sheet Music.
    Jessica's interest in programming came during the pandemic when she wanted to build the Black Excellence Music Project which celebrates black artists from the jazz and classical fields.
    She now works part-time as a junior developer for a small tech company and is a staff author for the freeCodeCamp News publication. 
    Dev.to profile@codergirl1991 on Twitter@jessica-wilkins-developer on LinkedIn
    Links from the Show:
    Eastman School of MusicJessica's Lunch & Learn: How to grow your tech career through writingFreecodecamp newsFreecodecamp forumQuincy LarsonGeorge Floyd murderThe Black Excellence Music ProjectGithub for itVirtual Coffee November Monthly ChallengeGatsbyVoices of Gatsby: Fighting Back Against Imposter SyndromeHow to Use Repl.it: a beginner's guideHow to Use Codepen: a beginner's guideNodeMailerSponsor Virtual Coffee!
     Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community. 
     Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!
    Virtual Coffee:
     Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

    • 54 min
    Bryan Healey - The Entrepreneurial Journey of a Startup Founder

    Bryan Healey - The Entrepreneurial Journey of a Startup Founder

    This week Bekah and Dan sat down with Bryan Healey, an entrepreneur, tech leader, data scientist / ML engineer, and biz developer. Bryan talks about gaining experience as an entrepreneur, how to get started in the start-up life, and how the entrepreneurial spirit has always been in his blood.

    About Bryan Healey
    Bryan Healey is an entrepreneur, tech leader, data scientist / ML engineer, and biz developer. He's helped create or grow several start-ups, raised money, and built/managed teams of varying sizes, small to large. Currently co-founder and CTO at Aiera.
    @Bryan_Healey on Twitterbryanhealey on LinkedInLinks
    AieraJessi's VC Podcast episodeSponsor Virtual Coffee!
     Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community. 
     Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!
    Virtual Coffee:
     Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

    • 56 min
    Suze Shardlow - Creating welcoming spaces in dev communities

    Suze Shardlow - Creating welcoming spaces in dev communities

    This week Bekah and Dan sat down with Suze Shardlow. Suze is an award winning community manager, coder, tech writer and tech event MC and she currently leads the developer community at Redis. We had a really interesting conversation with Suze! She's done a million different things throughout her life and her career and she shared with us how her experiences have informed her time as a software developer and a community leader.
    Links
    30-second-codingOn being a published authorredislabs on TwitchOne of the top 100 women in tech in 2020Redis UniversityHacktoberfestCodelandglobal diversity CFP dayAbout Suze Shardlow
    Suze Shardlow is a published tech author, developer community manager and event MC. Before retraining as a software engineer, she worked in marketing and management for 20 years in the engineering, technology, law enforcement, education and economic development sectors. Currently the head of developer community at Redis, Suze has won numerous awards including Rising Star In Tech 2021, TechWomen100 2020, Women In Software Power List 2020 and is a finalist in the Women In Tech Excellence Awards 2021.
    suze.dev@SuzeShardlow on Twitter@SuzeShardlow on GitHubSuzeShardlow on LinkedInSponsor Virtual Coffee!
     Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community. 
     Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!
    Virtual Coffee:
     Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

    • 58 min
    Mark Noonan - Civic tech, accessibility, holding the door open for other career changers

    Mark Noonan - Civic tech, accessibility, holding the door open for other career changers

    This week we welcome Mark Noonan to the show to talk about how becoming a part of Civic Tech initiatives can help career changers to grow and help existing developers create opportunities for mentorship, support, and connection for those coming into tech.
    Mark talks about his experience with FreeCodeCamp as well as Code for Atlanta, and the $40,000 Hackathon his group won and donated to charity! He brings his experience as a career transitioner to the conversation and we look at how participating in Civic Tech can help you develop skills to be a better communicator and programmer. And you might hear a little bit about how we prefer our breakfast foods too 🥞
    Links
    FreeCodeCampCode for AtlantaCode for AmericaMarta HackathonCode for America BrigadesPeople Making Progress@marktnoonan on Twitter---

    About Mark
    Mark is a senior engineer at Cypress.io and is a co-organizer at Code for Atlanta. He also works as a program developer for People Making Progress, an Atlanta-based nonprofit serving adults with developmental disabilities at home, work, and in the community.
    Sponsor Virtual Coffee!
     Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community. 
     Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!
    Virtual Coffee:
     Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

    • 57 min
    Jennifer Konikowski - Hot Takes on Being a Woman in Tech

    Jennifer Konikowski - Hot Takes on Being a Woman in Tech

    This week we welcome Jennifer Konikowski to the show to talk about being a woman in tech and building community for women in tech!
    Jennifer brings her experience creating communities like Py Ladies Boston and Boston Ruby Women to the podcast, and talks about the value of learning to code even if you don't want to be a developer. She also talks about getting through toxic work environments, moving forward, and her hot takes on community and being a woman in tech.

    About Jennifer
    Jennifer has 10 years of experience as a software engineer, working in Ruby and Rails, Go, Swift, Scala, Rust, PHP, Javascript, Java, Perl, and Python. She was the founder and organizer of PyLadies Boston and a founding member of Boston Ruby Women. She currently resides in Pittsburgh and works remotely at Splice. She also really loves Negronis.
    jenniferkonikowski.com@jenkoni on TwitterSponsor Virtual Coffee!
     Your support is incredibly valuable to us. Direct financial support will help us to continue serving the Virtual Coffee community. 
     Please visit our sponsorship page on GitHub for more information - you can even sponsor an episode of the podcast!
    Virtual Coffee:
     Virtual Coffee: virtualcoffee.io Podcast Contact: podcast@virtualcoffee.io Bekah: dev.to/bekahhw, Twitter: https://twitter.com/bekahhw, Instagram: bekahhw Dan: dtott.com, Twitter: @danieltott

    • 1 hr 1 min

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Jess_the_musician ,

One of my favorite tech podcasts

I love to listen each week and hear everyone’s journey in tech. 😀

Adam_Edward ,

Highly recommend

This is the podcast I’ve been looking for for years. So cool 😄

JesseWeigel ,

Best podcast ever!

So good!

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