#CauseAScene Conference this weekend in Oak Park

Speakers to discuss inclusion of marginalized groups in tech industry

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Tickets are going fast – there were 15 left as of Friday afternoon – for the #CauseAScene Conference on Saturday, May 19, at Tapster Robotics, 224 Harrison St. in Oak Park.

The conference, organized by tech speaker Kim Crayton, runs from 5:30 to 10 p.m. and will address topics such as mid-career survival tips for people of color and how to find marginalized workers in the tech industry.

Crayton told Wednesday Journal that the conference focuses on inclusion and diversity from an economic and business standpoint.

"White people cannot create products and services for a global market from one perspective," Crayton said.

The remaining 15 tickets are have been donated for the event for those interested in attending. They are available by contacting Crayton through Twitter at @kimcrayton1 or by email at kim@kimcrayton.com.

More information about Crayton and her movement are available at www.hashtagcauseascene.com and www.kimcrayton.com.

The conference includes the following speakers:


  • Byron Woodfork (@byronwoodfork): Mid-Career Survival Tips for POC Developers
  • Kim Crayton (@KimCrayton1): Inclusion Q&A
  • Mark Thompson (@marktechson): Building An App In 30 Days...And Launching
  • Shareef Jackson (@ShareefJackson): Teaching How Video Games Reflect Society
  • Stephanie Slattery (@sublimemarch): Thanks But No Thanks: My Life with Disordered Eating in Tech
  • Tanya Killmonger (@cypheroftyr): Google Exists, Stop Asking Us To Find POC, Queer, Disabled, and Other Folks For You
  • Theresa Stewart (@atheresastewart): Designed to Traumatize

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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