Meetup November 13th, 2019

Ashlee Boyer - A Disabled Dev’s Journey

Every company wants to be first to market, but that’s only one part of a product’s success. Companies often consider accessibility too time-consuming or difficult to put into place without remembering that meeting customer needs is what keeps them in the market. This talk will cover my experience advocating for accessibility as a disabled developer and why there’s no excuse for treating it as an edge case. We’ll also walk through some technical examples and have a little time for small discussion at the end.

Ashlee is a Software Engineer at Sigstr who spends a lot of time with web accessibility. She has been hard-of-hearing since birth and has worn hearing aids for several years. She shares her experiences as a disabled developer through public speaking and blog writing with the hope that educating others will lead to a more accessible world. If she’s not at her computer, she’s probably working on one of her (many) knitting projects, walking her dogs, or re-watching Grey’s Anatomy yet again.

Meetup October 9th, 2019

Chris Achard - Building a new Rails 6 app with React on Top

Rails 6 added several cool new features, including building in Webpacker as the default javascript bundling option. In this talk, I’ll go over a lot of the new Rails 6 features, and then create a brand new rails 6 app with React on top. Come to find out how easy it is to get a new app up and running!

Chris is an independent React and Rails consultant, and online educator teaching about software development. You can find what he’s working on at his site: or on twitter: @chrisachard