An intimate discussion of mental health, community building, and other things software professionals need to talk about more
Heartifacts is a special conference for software professionals that focuses on mental health, community building, and career management.
Attendance is limited to approximately 150 humans in order to enable intimate conversations about our successes, failures, and where we are on our journey to being what we want to be.
The dates and location are to be announced, but we're shooting for July or August 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Heartifacts features a lineup constructed from submissions to our CFP. Want to speak? Read about our proposal process.
The venue? TBA!
The city? Pittsburgh! Ranked one of the world’s most liveable cities, the former steel city of Pittsburgh is now an advancing leader in education, robotics, and software engineering. Home to companies such as Duolingo, Argo.ai, Aurora, Oculus Research, Uber ATC, Google, and IBM Watson, Pittsburgh is a city of constant reinvention and resilience.
In order to support events of its size, we rely on sponsors wanting to represent themselves well in the software community to sponsor Heartifacts. Sponsorship of our intimate event is a fantastic opportunity to meet one-on-one with some of the most conscientious developers, designers, and managers the community has to offer.
Heartifacts was created in 2018 by a tight-knit volunteer team as part of Code & Supply, a community of software professionals located in Pittsburgh, PA. C&S saw room in the national tech conference space for its own take on an event focusing on discussions of technologists' mental health in software careers. Heartifacts was C&S' first all-CFP conference. Attendance was capped to 100 people in order to foster an intimate environment in which participants felt safe talking about work and personal life things that they may otherwise be unable to talk about at work or in their personal life.
We needed this in our own lives as software professionals, and so it was. We added on discussions of community building, as we found that much of creating a space for discussion mental health is rooted in building spaces that are psychologically safe.
We recorded a few of the presentations at the 2018 event. See presentations by John Sawers, Jenny Bramble, Aisha Blake, and Aaron Goldsmith in the Heartifacts 2018 presentation playlist on C&S' YouTube channel. There's also a Twitter list of 2018 speakers.
Nice things people have said about Heartifacts:
- OSMI @ Heartifacts - Day 1
- OSMI @ Heartifacts - Day 2
- Hard Facts - What I learned attending Heartifacts Conference
I had such a wonderful time at @HeartifactsConf! It was a joy to have real conversations about mental health and the ways we communicate and to hear and share stories with other attendees. https://t.co/Z3dvjiLY5f— Aisha Blake (@AishaBlake) May 3, 2018
.@HeartifactsConf was so much fun! Thank you to everyone who attended and presented this year.— Bob Orchard (@boborchard) April 21, 2018
Discussing #mentalhealth in the tech industry is important, especially for remote, distributed teams.#yourstorymatters #heartifacts #heartifacts2018 pic.twitter.com/QY3GmlaQoM
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Questions? Reach out to our team:
- Colin Dean, Executive Director
- Jenny Manning
- Sarah Withee
- Jon Shaffer
- Brigette Lefever, Atmosphere Coordinator and Graphic Designer
- Andy Mook, Sponsorship Coordinator
- Greg Chabra
- Nate Smith
- Beth Lynn Eicher
- Jared Wilkerson
- Michael N
- Jean Lange