Open Sourcing Mental Illness
An open, honest discussion about mental illness from the perspective of an open source developer. Ed Finkler (@funkatron) will be talking about his own struggles with mental illness to raise awareness and end the stigma.
Please invite your co-workers, friends, and family. Let's all help each other!
Presentation (by Ed Finkler)
In the spirit of open source, I'd like to shine a spotlight on mental illness. Not because it's easy, but because it's important. Mental illness affects many of us, but the stigma attached to it dissuades most people from talking about it openly. That's not how we make progress. With this talk, I want to do my part.
I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety when I was thirteen, and I've been struggling with it my whole life. In this talk, I'll discuss how it has impacted my work as a developer, husband, and father.
By speaking openly about my own challenges and successes, I hope those struggling with mental illness will learn how to be happier and more productive, and others can better understand how to be helpful and supportive.
Speaker – Ed Finkler
He served as web lead and security researcher at The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University (http://www.cerias.purdue.edu) for 9 years. Now he's a proud member of the Fictive Kin (http://fictivekin.com) team. Along with Chris Hartjes, Ed is co-host of the Development Hell podcast (http://devhell.info).
Ed's current passion is raising mental health awareness in the tech community with his "Open Sourcing Mental Illness (http://funkatron.com/osmi) speaking campaign. He is part of "Engine Yard's Prompt (http://prompt.engineyard.com) campaign.
Ed writes at http://funkatron.com.
Venue – SURF Incubator's Dice Cabana
SURF Incubator is a community-supported place for entrepreneurs. Their mission is "to provide an affordable and professional environment where entrepreneurs are supported, encouraged and inspired by the internal and external communities". The Dice Cabana is their newest, dedicated tech event space in downtown Seattle. See http://www.surfincubator.com/suite-410/ for more information, including how you can book your next event there.
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