speakers and judges

Check out our amazing speakers and judges.

Jack Aponte recently moved to Oakland from Brooklyn and is a worker-owner at Palante Technology Cooperative, a NYC-based coop that helps progressive community organizations and other nonprofits move forward with the help of technology. Jack specializes in planning and building Drupal websites, open source software, social media and other Internet communications, and training and documentation. Jack is an erstwhile blogger, formerly at AngryBrownButch and Feministe and currently at jackalop.es. Jack is involved in organizing & movements around social, digital and media justice and in queer, trans, and people of color communities.

Erin Armstrong is one of the founding members of the Youtube Transgender Community which currently boasting thousands upon thousands of videos by trans folk and their allies world wide, it is one of the largest online transgender communities in the world. Originally born and raised in Utah, Erin (AKA Grishno) transitioned from male to female and moved to New York City at the age of 20. While in NYC she began doing online advocacy for the transgender community via youtube, and has had her work featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, The Advocate, and was featured in the inaugural Trans 100 List. Her video channel (youtube.com/grishno) now boasts more than 9,500 subscribers, and has documented her transition for over 6 years. With over 5,000,000 views across over 200 videos, Erin has been able to reach a world wide audience, to help support other transgender people, and education non-trans folk about the issues facing the transgender community.

micha cárdenas is an artist, hacktivist, poet, performer, student, educator, mixed-race trans femme latina survivor who works at the intersection of movement, technology and politics. They have been involved in creative media activism for the past ten years and currently focus on the ways that art and activism can be combined into visionary activism. micha is a PhD student in Media Arts and Practice (iMAP) and Provost Fellow at University of Southern California and a member of the art collective Electronic Disturbance Theater 2.0. micha’s project Local Autonomy Networks has involved facilitating workshops building on what our bodies already know to envision community based responses to violence for two years in Los Angeles, Detroit, San Jose, Milwaukee, Montreal, São Paulo, Berlin and Toronto. micha’s co-authored book The Transreal: Political Aesthetics of Crossing Realities was published by Atropos Press in 2012. micha holds an MFA from University of California, San Diego, an MA in Communication from the European Graduate School and a BS in Computer Science from Florida International University. They blog at michacardenas.org and tweet at @michacardenas.

Naomi Ceder has been active in the Linux and Python communities since 2001. She has helped organize local Linux groups and is an organizer of PyCon, the national Python conference. She has taught programming and Python online, in high schools, at Linux Fests, and in the Chicago Python Workshop, and is the author of The Quick Python Book, 2nd ed. from Manning Publications. After half a lifetime “undercover as a man” Naomi transitioned from male to female in 2012, and is currently the IT Director of Zoro Tools, Inc. She still speaks and blogs both about Python and about her experiences with gender transition in the tech community.

Benji Delgadillo is currently a student at University of California, Berkeley. As a young transgender person, he got his start in social justice activism at the age of 14 through getting involved with the Gay-Straight Alliance Network’s programs; today, at age 19, he serves on their Board of Directors. Benji is also the Volunteer Development Associate at Transgender Law Center. At school, Benji serves as the Gender Equity Resource Center/Multicultural Community Center Liaison, the Education Coordinator at the Queer Alliance Resource Center, a facilitator of Queer People of Color Together and co-founder of Trans*Action, an activism group working to increase equity, inclusion, and awareness of transgender and gender non-conforming identified students on campus. In his spare time, Benji is an artist, intentionally focusing on the preservation of his culture through textile arts, drag performance, photography, cooking, healing and resisting.

Dana McCallum lives in San Francisco and is a senior engineer at Twitter. She was raised in Bloomington, Indiana. Her interests include computational models inspired by systems found in nature, distributed systems at scale, embedded systems, and digital avionics. She plays the bass and is a licensed commercial pilot. http://microactivism.wikia.com/wiki/Micro-Activism_Wiki

Janet Mock is a writer and activist who stepped onto the national stage in 2011 with a groundbreaking profile about her journey to womanhood in Marie Claire magazine. Janet is a board member at the Arcus Foundation, a leading global foundation advancing pressing social justice and conservation issues, and an advisor for the {young}ist, a young people-powered media site. She has also advised programming for trans youth at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York. Janet was featured in the HBO documentary The Out List by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders in 2013, and has appeared regularly on the Melissa Harris-Perry show. Her commentary has appeared on NPR, MSNBC, In the Life, Colorlines, TakePart, The Telegraph, Sirius Radio, BuzzFeed, Loop21 and more. Her memoir Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More will be published on February 4, 2014 by Atria/Simon & Schuster. Janet writes at janetmock.com and can be found on twitter @JanetMock

NadiaNadia works primarily on creatively solving problems in software development and technology integration. Her current projects are around authoring proof of concept applications leveraging AT&T’s suite of APIs and technology solutions. She use the tool best suited for the job, but focus on iOS/Objective-C in her current role. Nadia’s goal is to make tools and toys that enrich people’s lives.

Sarah Prager, 27, began her life as an activist at age 14 when she came out as a lesbian. By the time she moved to Boston, MA at age 17, she had been a keynote speaker at a rally of hundreds and founded the largest student group at her high school. She has volunteered for LGBT rights organizations from Bulgaria to Connecticut on causes from biphobia to marriage equality. Prager launched the mobile app Quist in late July 2013, a free resource that brings LGBTQ history to life on smartphones and tablets for iOS and Android. Quist has been covered by dozens of outlets and downloaded over 12,000 times in 60 countries. Learn more at www.sarahprager.com and www.quistapp.com.

Monica Monica Roberts, a.k.a. the TransGriot, is a native Houstonian and the first black trans woman to create a media outlet centered on trans people of color. She is an award winning blogger, history buff, thinker, lecturer and award winning advocate on trans human rights issues who works diligently at encouraging acceptance of and promoting awareness about trans people.

Enne Walker is a software engineer at Google and one of the inaugural teachers of TranscodeSF.

Fresh! White, CPCC is a Certified Professional Coach, writer, speaker and facilitator. Fresh! also works as an Employment Specialist for the SF LGBT Center’s Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative, (TEEI). Fresh! holds the honor to be a coach for members of the Brown Boi Project, a racial and gender justice project focused on masculine identified individuals; coaching Executive Directors at LeaderSpring as part of their Executive capacity building program, part of a team of coaches with CompassPoint’s Next Generation Leaders of Color program and he is also Core Coach with Prism Coaching.

Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler is an Oakland based award winning artist, writer, and the first person to hold the Ph.D of African American Studies from Northwestern University. He is the director of the multiple award winning film, STILL BLACK: a portrait of black transmen, runs the GLAAD Media Award nominated blog, blac (k) ademic, and was recently named one of the Top 40 Under 40 LGBT activists by The Advocate Magazine as well as honored as part of the inaugural Trans 100. Dr. Ziegler is also the Founder of Who We Know, a social enterprise centered on economic empowerment for transgender entrepreneurs.