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Stronger Than Fear: Mental Health in the Developer Community

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Bolingbrook Fountaindale Library

Meeting Room B - 1st Floor

300 West Briarcliff Road

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

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Join us at the Bolingbrook Fountaindale Public Library for what will be a very interesting, intriguing and useful presentation that will be of particular interest to those who work in Information Technology about a subject not talked about very often; the stresses of the field, the effects of it and ways of dealing with it.

A UniForum Chicago event open to the public.

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Abstract:
There is a crisis in the tech industry. At least 20% of our colleagues, friends, and teammates suffer silently with mental illness, but our work culture does little to help. Based on real data, we'll show the enormous impact of mental illness in our industry, and how we can change – and save – lives.

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Ed Finkler, also known as Funkatron, started making web sites before browsers had frames. He does front-end and server-side work in Python, PHP, and JavaScript. He is the CTO at Graph Story.

He served as web lead and security researcher for CERIAS at Purdue University for 9 years. Along with Chris Hartjes, Ed is co-host of the Development Hell podcast.

Ed is also the founder and chairman of Open Sourcing Mental Illness, a non-profit 501c3 dedicated to raising awareness and supporting those with mental illness in the tech industry.

Ed writes at funkatron.com.

After the Meeting Get-Together:
As usual we will be having a "Meeting After the Meeting" for talk and drinks afterwards at the Gordon Biersch Brewery & Restaurant in the Bolingbrook Promenade mall

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Meeting Room B - 1st Floor

300 West Briarcliff Road

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

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