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Join your queer, inclusive,
badass squad virtually as we Debug 2020 together​

ABOUT DEBUG 2020 SUMMIT

We have a lot to fix as we enter 2021, our democracy, systemic racism, police brutality, a global pandemic, our climate and so much more.

To prepare for the work ahead, we must supply our leaders with the necessary tools. And we need your voice and your guidance during this pivotal moment in our global history to do just that. Join 30,000 techies and leaders November 16th – 20th as we take on these obstacles together, and get to work. We will spend 5 days enhancing our leadership skills, our technical skills as well as ways we can do better as global citizens.

Let’s Debug 2020.

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30K

Techies

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100

Countries

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50%

Women of Color

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40%

Black + Latinx Speakers

Past Speakers

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Stacey
Abrams

Founder, Fair Fight Action

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Kara
Swisher

Co-Founder, Recode

Angelica
Ross

Founder, TransTech

Megan
Rapinoe

Co-captain, USWNT

Alicia
Garza

Principal, Black Futures Lab

Elizabeth
Warren

U.S. Senator, Massachusetts

Kamala
Harris

U.S. Senator, California

Arlan
Hamilton

Founder, Backstage Capital

Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams is an author, serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO and political leader. After serving for eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, in 2018, Abrams became the Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, when she won more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. Abrams was the first black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States. After witnessing the gross mismanagement of the 2018 election by the Secretary of State’s office, Abrams launched Fair Fight to ensure every Georgian has a voice in our election system. Over the course of her career, Abrams has founded multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at both the state and national levels.

Stacey
Abrams

Founder, Fair Fight Action

Kara Swisher

Kara Swisher is the executive editor of Recode, host of the Recode Decode podcast and co-executive producer of the Code Conference. Swisher worked in The Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau. For many years, she wrote the column, “BoomTown,” which appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also on The Wall Street Journal Online at WSJ.com. Previously, Swisher covered breaking news about the Web’s major players and Internet policy issues and also wrote feature articles on technology for the paper. She has also written a weekly column for the Personal Journal on home issues called “Home Economics.” Previously, Swisher worked as a reporter at the Washington Post and as an editor at the City Paper of Washington, D.C.

Kara
Swisher

Co-Founder, Recode

Angelica Ross

From the board room, to film/TV sets and even the Obama White House, Angelica Ross is a leading figure of success and strength in the movement for transgender and racial equality. Angelica made history as the first female transgender actress to secure two series regular roles, coming off two pivotal back-to-back performances in Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking hit drama, “Pose”, and his horror anthology series, “American Horror Story: 1984”.
Angelica has been featured in film, television, and live theatre. Her starring role in the Emmy Award-nominated short form series “Her Story,” received Special Recognition at the GLAAD Media Awards and her segment on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah was also honored with a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Talk Show Episode. Ross is also the President of Miss Ross, Inc. and founder of TransTech Social Enterprises, a program that helps people lift themselves out of poverty through technical training, digital work creating a social impact and bringing economic empowerment to marginalized communities.

Angelica
Ross

Founder, TransTech

Megan Rapinoe

Megan is an American professional soccer player who captains Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States women's national soccer team, playing primarily as a winger. Winner of the Ballon d'Or Féminin and named The Best FIFA Women's Player in 2019, Rapinoe won gold with the national team at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup and she played for the team at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup where the U.S. finished in second place. Since 2018, she co-captains the national team alongside Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan. She previously played for the Chicago Red Stars, Philadelphia Independence, and MagicJack in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), as well as Olympique Lyonnais in France's Division 1 Féminine.

Megan
Rapinoe

Co-captain, USWNT

Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza founded the Black Futures Lab to make Black communities powerful in politics. In 2018, the Black Futures Lab conducted the largest survey of Black communities in over 150 years. Alicia believes that Black communities deserve what all communities deserve -- to be powerful in every aspect of their lives. An innovator, strategist, organizer, and cheeseburger enthusiast, she is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, an international organizing project to end state violence and oppression against Black people. The Black Lives Matter Global Network now has 40 chapters in 4 countries. She is also the co-founder of Supermajority, a new home for women’s activism. She shares her thoughts on the women transforming power in Marie Claire magazine every month.

Alicia
Garza

Principal, Black Futures Lab

ELIZABETH WARREN

Elizabeth Warren, a fearless consumer advocate who has made her life's work the fight for middle class families, was re-elected to the United States Senate for a second term on November 6, 2018, by the people of Massachusetts. Elizabeth is one of the nation’s leading progressive voices, fighting for big structural change that would transform our economy and rebuild the middle class. She is widely credited for the original thinking, political courage, and relentless persistence that led to the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which she helped stand up and has successfully protected millions of consumers from financial tricks and traps often hidden in mortgages, credit cards, and other financial products.

ELIZABETH
WARREN

U.S. Senator, Massachusetts

KAMALA HARRIS

In 2017, Kamala D. Harris was sworn in as a United States Senator for California, the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in history. She serves on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on the Budget. Kamala has spent her life fighting injustice. It’s a passion that was first inspired by her mother, Shyamala, an Indian-American immigrant, activist, and breast cancer researcher. In 2003, Kamala became the District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco. Among her achievements as District Attorney, Harris started a program that gives first-time drug offenders the chance to earn a high school diploma and find employment. Having completed two terms as the District Attorney of San Francisco, Kamala was elected as the first African-American and first woman to serve as California's Attorney General. In this role, she worked tirelessly to hold corporations accountable and protect the state’s most vulnerable people.

KAMALA
HARRIS

U.S. Senator, California

ARLAN HAMILTON

Arlan Hamilton built a venture capital fund from the ground up, while homeless. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT. Started from scratch in 2015, Backstage has now invested nearly $5m into 100 startup companies led by underestimated founders. In 2018 Arlan co-founded Backstage Studio which launched four accelerator programs for underestimated founders in Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and London.

ARLAN
HAMILTON

Founder, Backstage Capital

 
 

BOZOMA SAINT JOHN

CMO, William Morris Endeavor

 

BETH FORD

CEO, Land O’Lakes

 

MEGAN SMITH

3rd U.S. CTO and CEO, shift7

 

JEN WONG

COO, Reddit

 

VALERIE JARRETT

Senior Advisor to President Obama

 

NANCY PELOSI

Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives

 
 

ILENE CHAIKEN

Television Writer and Producer

 

JENNIFER BEALS

Actress, The L Word

 

KATE MOENNIG

Actress, The L Word

 

LEISHA HAILEY

Actress, The L Word

 

QUINN WILSON

Creative Director, Lizzo

 

CHANI NICHOLAS

Astrologer & Author

 
 

MADAME GANDHI

Activist and Musician

 

TINA TCHEN

CEO, Time’s Up

 

STEPHENIE LANDRY

VP, Amazon

 

STEPHANIE MEHTA

Editor-in-Chief, Fast Company

 

SUE BIRD

Pro Basketball Player, WNBA

 

GLENNON DOYLE

Author and Founder, Together Rising

Past Agenda

Our Debug 2020 Summit agenda will be released November 1st. Register today.

Sponsors

Presenting

Lesbians Who Tech & Allies' Presenting sponsors for the Debug 2020 Summit: Google, Bank Of America, Amazon, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, include, Blend, Wells Fargo

Platinum

Lesbians Who Tech & Allies' Platinum sponsors for the Debug 2020 Summit: Capital One, Paypal, Factset, LinkedIn, Instacart

Gold

Lesbians Who Tech & Allies' Gold sponsors for the Debug 2020 Summit: Apple, Ro, Peloton, Cisco, Deloitte, eBay, Invitae, Upwork, Warner Media, Twitch, Workday, Grammarly, BlackRock, Palo Alto Networks

Silver

Lesbians Who Tech & Allies' Silver sponsors for the Debug 2020 Summit: T-Mobile, Nike, Microsoft, JP Morgan, The Walt Disney Company, Snap, XPO Logistics, Twilio, Red Hat, Pinterest, Grubhub, AppDynamics, Adobe, Indeed, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, SoundCloud, Ripple, T. Rowe Price, Expanse, Equinix, Auth0, Carta, Coinbase, Hopin, GoDaddy, REI, Splunk, Tinder, Udemy, Bizzabo, Bloomberg, Medidata Solutions, Quantcast, Standard Cognition, Autodesk, IKEA, Hudson River Trading, DTCC, Carbon, Salesforce, NURX, VMware, Pure Storage, Intuit, Intel, Pantheon, X, the moonshot factory, Tableau

Bronze

Lesbians Who Tech & Allies' Bronze sponsors for the Debug 2020 Summit: Boston Consulting Group, EY, Fortive, Lyft, Square, Ultimate Kronos Group, Booz Allen Hamilton, Github, Iterable, Planet, PwC, Robinhood, Vanguard, ActBlue, Atlassian, BlackLine, KLA, Schrödinger, UC Berkley, Western Digital, Armory.io, Nextdoor

Branding

Lesbians Who Tech & Allies' Branding sponsors for the Debug 2020 Summit: 2U, Balsamiq, CIA, Genentech, Livongo, Meredith Corporation, Merck, Eventbrite, Mux, American Express, Imply, Nordstrom, Thorn

Ticket Pricing

ALL ACCESS

General

$149

 

  • Access to all Breakouts (You can chat with other attendees during the breakout session join our interactive content)
  • Access to video recordings after the Summit
  • Access to our Summit Networking App or Slack Channel to meet and network other attendees
  • Access to all Live Keynotes
  • Access to Sponsor Expo & Career Fair

This ticket is for companies under 100 people, students and entrepreneurs. If your ticket is paid for by your company in any way, you need to purchase a corporate ticket.

VIP & CORPORATE

General

$399

 

  • Meet Badass Leaders :: 5+ curated introductions based on your networking goals
  • Access to executive content, leadership workshops, diversity trainings & Q&As with major speakers
  • Access to all Breakouts (You can chat with other attendees during the breakout session or join our interactive content)
  • Access to video recordings after the Summit
  • Access to our Summit Networking App or Slack Channel to meet and network other attendees
  • Access to Executive Networking
  • Access to Sponsor Expo & Career Fair

All companies over 100 employees MUST purchase VIP Corporate tickets.

FREE

  • Access to all Keynote Talks
  • Get up to date Summit Updates
  • Get Access to behind the scenes content during Summit week

Ticket questions

To Register for our Debug 2020 Summit please take a gander at our paid and free ticket options here.

You get access to the following perks:

  • Squad Networking: Introduce you to 5-10 people based on your networking goals
  • Private access to all Keynote Zooms where you can ask questions via the chat. *Generally our keynote zooms are streamed and folks dont have access to them*
  • Access to all Keynotes
  • Access to all Breakouts (You can chat with other attendees during the breakout sessions, ask questions and join our interactive content)
  • Access to video recordings after the Summit
  • Access to our Summit App to meet and network other attendees
  • Supporting the only community LGBTQ women & non-binary techies and leaders, including our Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship Fund (we’ve sent over 300 leaders to learn how to code)

All Access & Squad App Ticket | $99

  • Access to all Keynotes
  • Access to all Breakouts (You can chat with other attendees during the breakout sessions, ask questions and join our interactive content)
  • Access to video recordings after the Summit
  • Access to our Summit App to meet and network other attendees
  • Supporting the only community LGBTQ women & non-binary techies and leaders, including our Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship Fund (we’ve sent over 300 leaders to learn how to code)

Yes, we require all companies over 250 to purchase our VIP & Corporate Ticket, but offer discounts for group ticket purchases. Email Margaret@lesbianswhotech.org to learn more.

No, each person will have to purchase a ticket individually and register in order to receive information on accessing the Summit talks.

Yes. If you have registered for the San Francisco Summit before we moved it to our virtual Debug 2020 Summit, your registration was automatically switched to a VIP & Corporate Debug 2020 ticket. You will receive a confirmation email by October 10th. If you did not receive one please check your spam filter by searching for this email “Squad@lesbianswhotech.org.” If you do not have anything please email Squad@lesbianswhotech.org to inquire about your registration confirmation.

As part of our terms and conditions, we unfortunately do not have offer refunds. We appreciate your understanding of this policy. Please do note that you can transfer your ticket to another person up to 30 days before Summit.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds as these funds were already spent on the April San Francisco event. Because we had to cancel our Summit so close to the date of the event, we could not recoup most of our deposits, in addition to all of the other investments we made leading up to Summit, like all of our consultants and staff who already put in the work to prepare for Summit. We are transferring all tickets to VIP & Corporate Virtual Summit tickets.

Yes, we allow ticket exchanges up to 30 days before Summit. Please email squad@lesbianswhotech.org, with the transferee CC’d so that they can provide information. If your company purchased your ticket through a sponsorship, you must receive approval for a coworker ticket exchange from your company.

Sadly, since we cannot predict what Coronavirus will do for our organization, we can’t predict if we will have another in person Summit before 2021. Also, as stated above, the funds were already allocated to run the San Francisco event. Always happy to do a ticket exchange.

We do offer a free ticket. You can register here for now. Make sure and check out include.io if you are looking for your next dream job. We may also have scholarship tickets available as Summit gets closer. Please stay tuned for any announcements.

Yes! Head over here to check out our customizable “Convince Your Boss” letter. If you need help strategizing we are more than happy to help. Email us at Squad@lesbianswhotech.org.

As a reminder please check spam or your promotions folders if you do not receive anything within a few minutes. If you have nothing from us please email us at Squad@lesbianswhotech.org.

VIP Ticket | $399

  • Squad Networking: Introduce you to 5-10 people based on your networking goals
  • Private access to all Keynote Zooms where you can ask questions via the chat. *Generally our keynote zooms are streamed and folks don’t have access to them*
  • Access to all Keynotes
  • Access to all Breakouts (You can chat with other attendees during the breakout sessions, ask questions and join our interactive content)
  • Access to video recordings after the Summit
  • Access to our Summit App to meet and network other attendees
  • Supporting the only community LGBTQ women & non-binary techies and leaders, including our Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship Fund (we’ve sent over 300 leaders to learn how to code)

All Access & Squad App Ticket | $99

  • Access to all Keynotes
  • Access to all Breakouts (You can chat with other attendees during the breakout sessions, ask questions and join our interactive content)
  • Access to video recordings after the Summit
  • Access to our Summit App to meet and network other attendees
  • Supporting the only community LGBTQ women & non-binary techies and leaders, including our Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship Fund (we’ve sent over 300 leaders to learn how to code)

All Access $39

  • Access to all Keynotes
  • Access to all Breakouts (You can chat with other attendees during the breakout sessions, ask questions and join our interactive content)
  • Access to video recordings after the Summit
  • Supporting the only community LGBTQ women & non-binary techies and leaders, including our Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship Fund (we’ve sent over 300 leaders to learn how to code)

General Summit Ticket | Free

  • Access to all Keynote Speaking Engagements

As part of our terms and conditions, we unfortunately do not have the financial resources to accommodate refunds. After you purchase your ticket, we immediately allocate those funds to producing Summit. Additionally, our small team puts in long hours and a lot of hustle to make our Summits happen and offer tickets at a more affordable price for our community, compared to similar tech conferences.

General summit questions

Yes! We’d love that! Lesbians Who Tech & Allies is inclusive and welcoming of all identities.

YES. We partner with tech companies looking to build badass teams. Please build a profile on our new hiring platform, include. You can also register here to connect with our partners.

We’re committed to making our Summits as inclusive as possible. We will have closed captioning for most of our virtual sessions. Please email us at squad@lesbianswhotech.org if you have a specific request, and we will do our best to accommodate.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to sponsor@lesbianswhotech.org.

We’d love to hear from you!
For ticket- and community-related questions: squad@lesbianswhotech.org
For sponsorship inquiries: sponsor@lesbianswhotech.org
For Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship questions: edie@lesbianswhotech.org
For press inquiries (If you are a journalist looking to cover Summit for an outlet, apply here): press@lesbianswhotech.org
For other questions: hello@lesbianswhotech.org

Sponsors

Yes, you can find answers to most of your questions in our sponsor portal. Login there for all your FAQs, announcements and important information and deadlines. If you don’t have access to the portal, email Patty immediately at patty@lesbianswhotech.org since there are important updates sent to all sponsors that will need your attention.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to sponsor@lesbianswhotech.org.

We just finalized a partnership with Hopin that will allow us to test out their Career Fair technology for the Debug 2020 Summit and we will continue to use Bizzabo for our agenda and registration like we did for our Pride Summit in June. It has been challenging for us to find a virtual events platform that meets our standards and has the technology that would allow us to guarantee success for our attendees and partners. This will be our first year hosting a virtual career fair, so we want to manage expectations that this will be a learning experience.

Details on Technology & Summit Experience:

Registration & Agenda tool :: We’ll be using Bizzabo for our agenda and registration.
Summit Content :: We will be using Hopin for our entire Summit week experience.
Ticket Access :: As a reminder, only VIP and All Access ticket holders will experience Summit on Hopin, free ticket holders will access the keynote speaking engagements via livestream on Facebook, LinkedIn or Youtube.
The Sponsor Expo & Career Fair :: We will be using Hopin for the sponsor expo & career fair.
Networking Tool :: One of the reasons we went with Hopin is because it allows attendees to connect and have more conversations.
Interested in learning more about the Sponsor Expo & Career Fair?
We have decided to add the Sponsor Expo and Career Fair on Hopin as a BONUS perk for our 50K and up partners. If you are interested in adding the Sponsor Expo and Career Fair to your sponsorship package please email margaret@lesbianswhotech.org.

Speakers & Presenters

We will be announcing speakers and our agenda soon. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, please check out our past agendas from San Francisco and New York to see some of the past speakers who have been on our Summit stages.

Due to our date change, we have re-opened our call for speaker applications. Check out our pro-tips here, and then apply as soon as possible.

We accept speakers on a rolling basis and through several rounds. We will be in touch if you are selected as a speaker. There is no need to send in a new speaker application.

Scholars

At this time we do not have scholarship tickets. We may have some available as Summit gets closer. In the meantime sign up for a free registration and we will let you know if scholarship tickets become available.

Contact us

We’d love to hear from you!
For ticket- and community-related questions: squad@lesbianswhotech.org
For sponsorship inquiries: sponsor@lesbianswhotech.org
For Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship questions: edie@lesbianswhotech.org
For press inquiries (If you are a journalist looking to cover Summit for an outlet, apply here): press@lesbianswhotech.org
For other questions: hello@lesbianswhotech.org

WELCOME TO YOUR QUEER, INCLUSIVE, BADASS SQUAD.

Lesbians Who Tech & Allies is the largest LGBTQ technology community in the world

— committed to visibility, intersectionality, and changing the face of technology. We are 70,000 LGBTQ women, people of color, non-binary and trans people, and allies in tech in 40+ cities worldwide. We are the largest professional LGBTQ event in the world.

Our programmatic work includes a coding scholarship for LGBTQ women, non-binary and trans individuals — the Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship Fund — a mentoring program — Bring a Lesbian to Work Day — and a leadership program — #LWTSQUAD — focused on supporting our community as they level up their careers. We’re not just creating communities; we’re pushing the tech sector to be more inclusive and changing the face of the entire tech industry.