Speakers: Ed Finkler

  • Ed Finkler: How We Changed The World With Open Source

    Ed Finkler: How We Changed The World With Open Source

    WordCamp Kent 2017Speaker: Ed Finkler

    July 5, 2017 — In June of 2012, podcaster and veteran web dev Ed Finkler spoke openly about his lifelong struggles with mental illness with co-host Chris Hartjes. Four years later, a non-profit corporation with a dozen volunteers is working to change the tech and open source community. In this talk, Finkler tells the story of how the episode happened, the incredible response they received, and how it grew into a charity dedicated to changing and saving lives — all by using the principles of open source culture.

  • Ed Finkler: Stronger Than Fear - Mental Health in the Developer Community

    Ed Finkler: Stronger Than Fear – Mental Health in the Developer Community

    WordCamp Northeast Ohio 2016Speaker: Ed Finkler

    June 24, 2016 — Mental disorders are the largest contributor to disease burden in North America, but the developer community and those who employ us are afraid to face the problem head-on. In this talk, we’ll examine the state of mental health awareness in the developer workplace, why most developers feel it isn’t safe to talk about mental health, and what we can do to change the culture and save lives. Attendees will leave with 5 things they can do to make their workplace safer for those dealing with mental health disorders.

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