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Catch FTW Conf today!

FTW Conf logoIt’s International Women’s Day! If you’re reading this blog, you’re either in tech or aspire to be, and you should attend the free online community mini-conference called FTW Conf! FTW Conf starts at 11:15 EST (16:15 UTC) and you can catch it online at

The Tracks

FTWConf will feature these tracks:

  • Security: Threat modelling, trust and how you can get into security yourself. Bring your questions — there’ll be ample time for Q&A with the speakers and hosts!
  • Transparency in tech: If you’re interested in technologies gathering personal information, accountability and trust, then you shouldn’t miss the Transparency in Tech panel discussion about how to change the way transparency is built into technology.
  • Career: Feeling nervous about approaching a salary negotiation or promotion discussion with your boss? Keen to find a mentor but unsure where to begin? Wonder how you can best bounce back and build resilience in an ever-challenging world? Applying to jobs and receiving zero response? Join the Career track as we explore real experiences, practical advice, and guidance from inspiring women in the industry on these important topics. There’s an open Q&A that will help you take your career to the next level!
  • Creative: All work and no play makes anyone dull. During the pandemic we’ve all picked up new hobbies, adopted new habits. In the Creative track, we won’t be talking sourdough bread, but we will explore more brainy creative outlets, like LEGO, sketch noting, and… knitting.
  • Main: Inspiring stories, discussions about diverse topics, and where they’ll wrap up the conference with a panel featuring speakers from the other tracks.

FTW Conf speakers from Auth0

I have a number of Auth0 co-workers at FTW Conf:

Annybell Villaroel

Annybell Villaroel, Security Culture Manager at Auth0, will speak at 12:30 p.m. EST in a session titled Trust: From Zero to Hero. She’ll talk about Security Culture, what trust is, and how to extend and inspire trust. We’ll follow almost exactly the same method that FBI hostage negotiators use on their day today. It doesn’t get more battle-tested than that!

Eva Sarafinaou, Senior Security Engineer at Auth0, will speak at 1:00 p.m. EST in a session titled Threat Modeling in the “Shift Security Left” era. “Shifting security left” means prioritizing security earlier in the development timeline. Doing this means that vulnerabilities are found early on in the process, making it easier and more cost effective to fix them. How can Threat Modeling become an integral part of your organization’s shift security left strategy? How can you, the developer, design secure software? Learn what is Threat Modeling and how to apply Threat Modeling techniques in each stage of the software development lifecycle. Start thinking like an attacker!

Ana Cidre is a Developer Advocate at Auth0, the founder of ngSpain and GalsTech. She has a degree in Fine Arts and a Master in International Business Economics and Management, so she is not your usual software developer. She’s a big fan of Web Components and Angular. As a very active member of the community, she regularly organises meetups and conferences, like the amazing ngSpain. Ana is based in Spain, where she’s the founder of GalsTech, a group for women in tech from Galicia. Because she is so passionate about diversity, she is also a Women Techmaker Ambassador.

James Quick is a developer, speaker, and teacher with a passion for Web Development. He is a Developer Advocate at Auth0 and has over 7 years of experience in Advocacy and Software Development. In his spare time, he runs a YouTube channel, plays co-ed soccer with his wife, spends time with his dogs, and can solve a Rubik’s cube in under a minute.

Sam Bellen is a Senior Developer Advocate Engineer at Auth0 and a Google Developer Expert. After office hours, he likes to play around with the web-audio API, and other “exotic” browser API’s. One of his side projects is a library to add audio effects to an audio input using JavaScript. When he’s not behind a computer, you’ll find him playing the guitar, having a beer at a concert, or trying to snap the next perfect picture.

Catch FTW Conf today! It’s free, it’s online, and it’s a great way to learn and celebrate International WOmen’s Day!