Our Workshops


Alison Caron

Alison Caron

Creative Director | Alison Caron Design

Alison Caron is the founder and creative director of Alison Caron Design, a Hyannis-based firm specializing in advertising, branding, and publishing. With a BFA in graphic design from UMass Dartmouth and more than 12 years of experience in publishing and advertising—including as creative director of Cape Cod Magazine and its sister publications.

Alecia Orsini Lebeda

Alecia Orsini

CEO | Good Natured Dog Productions

Alecia Orsini is a selfie-queen and an award winning multi-media professional. As CEO of Good Natured Dog Productions she brings the world of filmmaking to her diverse clients, in a wide array of industries. Alecia loves to geek out and does so as Geek Girl #26, traveling the country teaching video production, social media, and personal branding at Geek Girl TechCon.

Lynette Young

Lynette Young

Director | Marketing Technologies

Lynette is a marketing technology strategist and published author with focus on digital marketing and implementation services. She has been a highly sought after expert in social media marketing technology since 2006. She is also Hubspot Inbound Certified and heads up the ClaimWizard digital marketing products and team.

Stefanie Blue

Stefanie Blue

Photographer, Pinterest Geek, Image Branding Chick

As a professional photographer, Stefanie incorporates Pinterest into planning client sessions. She also works with other entrepreneurs and small businesses to show them how they can use Pinterest for marketing, whether they sell a product or service. Stefanie has been teaching Pinterest and Facebook classes through Grossmont Adult School for the last 3 years.

Meghan Blair

Meghan Blair-Valero

Owner | Fogged In Bookkeeping

Meghan Blair-Valero is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and a member of the Association of Independent Professional Bookkeepers. A lover of technology and supporter or women’s causes she is a proud Geek Girl. Having taught bookkeeping, accounting, QuickBooks, and children’s art classes she is quite happy at the front of a classroom.

Leticia Rabor

Leticia Rabor

Owner | LARTechnologies

Worked as a professional Software and Systems Engineer in the Defense and Aerospace industries for over 13 years such as BAE Systems National Solutions, Lockheed Martin, and Science Application International Corporation (SAIC). Over the years Leticia has designed, implemented, and tested various image formation subsystem components for ground system development.

Rob Kaufman

Rob Kaufman

Owner | Notch8

Rob started programming around age 2 and hasn’t stopped since. He’s dedicated to helping businesses make the products they dream of into a reality, and to learning and sharing as much about business and software as possible. He spends time sharing that knowledge with as many people as they can through LEARN the San Diego Developer's Bootcamp and keeping those skills sharp by developing apps at Notch8.

Frances Go

Frances Go

CEO | Goldlilys Media LLC

Frances Naty Go has loved playing video games since she was a kid. From video games to playing computer software, her hobbies led her to graduate with a BS Computer Science at UC San Diego in 2008 and focused on Web Development as a career. Frances chose web development because it combines art with logical programming (math) so she can make something pretty as well as functional that people use.

Amber Brandner

Amber Brandner

Founding Partner & Creative Director | Collective 1939

Amber Brandner builds community through creative collaborations, entrepreneurship and discussions for the new economy. As founding producer of Connected Dreamers Productions and CoFounder to Collective 1939 Amber leads a collective of neoteric entrepreneurs & creatives bringing ideas to life to serve humanity.

Donna Dalton

Donna Dalton

Systems Integration | ViaSat

Donna Dalton is a Geek Girl and an Evernote aficionado. She currently works as a Systems Test Engineer at ViaSat in Carlsbad, California. For many years Donna owned a computer consulting firm called ByteMarks in Colorado. Her company was also an Apple Authorized Service Provider and Reseller. Donna has been a co-host of Geek Speak, a call-in technology radio show, on KDNK in Carbondale, Colorado.

Juan Torres

Juan Torres

Senior Software Engineer | MindTouch

Juan Manuel lives in San Diego, California where he works for MindTouch as Senior Software Engineer in the Cloud Platform team. His passions include photography, reptiles and SOLID programming.

Jean Kourafas

Jean M. Kourafas

Owner | Basimos Digital Marketing

Jean has been an organizing member of Geek Girl Camp since its inception and is the owner of Basimos Digital Marketing. Since the mid 90’s, she has been designing, marketing, and managing corporate websites.

Bridget Ayers

Bridget Ayers

Founder | Get Smart Web

Bridget Ayers is the Head Geek and Founder of Get Smart Web & Co-Creator of Get Smart WorkSpaces. Bridget has been a tech obsessed, sales savvy, bottom-line managing, data-driven, innovation seeking, behavior watching entrepreneur for 14 years.

Alex Cameron

Alex Cameron

Founder & CEO | Signature Social Marketing Consulting

Alex Cameron is the Founder & CEO of Signature Social Marketing Consulting. Signature Social provides social media marketing solutions for businesses and budgets of all sizes. She specializes in social media strategy, helping her clients to develop a comprehensive marketing strategy with clearly defined goals as well as tactics for achieving those goals. 

Dennis Slade

Dennis Slade

Technical Lead/Founder | Social Career Page

Dennis Slade has been a SDPHP member and presenter since he moved to San Diego in 2012. Dennis has over two decades experience in the design and implementation of web, mobile, and desktop apps. He currently works as an independent Web Developer Consultant specializing in backend servers, content management systems, and user-driven tools.

Heather Wilde

Heather Wilde

CTO | ROCeteer

Heather is the CTO of ROCeteer, as well as an accomplished speaker and writer.

Tabitha Sukhai

Tabitha Sukhai

Creator & Editor | TheSnug.com

Tabitha started as an editorial intern at Time Inc.’s Teen People magazine about 15 years ago. Fast forward to January 2015 and Tabitha was at the helm of launching Time Inc.’s first-ever, digital-only (a.k.a. “no magazine”) property. While she runs The Snug, Tabitha continues to manage This Old House’s social media and digital engagement

Vanessa Velez

Vanessa Velez

Social Media Producer | TheSnug.com

Vanessa works with Tabitha to deploy hundreds of social media messages for This Old House and The Snug on a fajillion platforms, daily. Together, they reach about 3-5 million people every day. Vanessa is also responsible for some of the most viral content at The Snug and has deployed branded content for companies like Fiskars, and more.

Elina Kim

Elina Kim

XD Prototyper | TurboTax at Intuit

She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Information Systems and Human-Computer Interaction. She is passionate about a prototyping-led design process and utilizes her coding skills to deliver design intent via high-fidelity prototypes. She enjoys sharing her experiences in XD and prototyping and has given talks in local communities including Meetup, Girl Scouts and universities.

Yao Morin

Yao Morin Ph.D.

Data Scientist | Consumer Tax Group at Intuit

Where she is one of the driving forces behind dynamic personalization and data-driven decision making. She has recently spoken in various conference, such as Fluent and EnterpriseJS as the subject matter expert in Product Personalization and Data Science.

Leah Zhao

Leah Zhao

Sr. Software Engineer | Consumer Tax Group at Intuit

She is a key developer on building a platform that enables responsive experiences. Prior to her current role at Intuit, she worked as a R&D engineer at Toyota. She recently spoke at ICCCN15, International Conference on Computer Communications and Networks 2015, on the collection of privacy sensitive mobile data. She holds a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Brittany Romano

Brittany Romano

Support Staff + Video Editor Extraordinaire | ThisOldHouse.com

Brittany is the glue that keeps This Old House HQ together. When she isn’t managing the NYC office and keeping the Editor-in-Chief’s calendar from imploding, she edits how-to video for ThisOldHouse.com and creates viral video clips for social media platforms. In all of her free time, she reviews home products for The Snug. This is her first GeekGirl conference and we’re thrilled that she’s here!

Karen Deschaine


Partner | Cooley LLP

Karen Deschaine is a partner at the international law firm, Cooley LLP, which is a leading firm for technology companies. Karen works with technology companies of all sizes as well as venture funds investing in technology companies. Karen also enjoys working with nonprofit organizations, particularly ones focused on kids, veterans and women. Karen has a passion for working with entrepreneurs who are passionate about their companies!

Cameron Wilby

Cameron Wilby

Founder | Origin Code Academy

Cameron is a tech nerd and Brit who primarily focuses on full stack web development using the .NET Framework while also focusing on secondary skills needed to participate in the enterprise software development lifecycle for his students.

Rocio Montes

Rocio Montes

Senior Software Engineer in Quality | Intuit

She also has a secondary role where she leads the tech assessment effort to identify rockstar software engineer co-ops (six month interns) at RIT, Rochester Institute of Technology, her alma mater. Outside of Intuit, she is the Co-founder of  “Emar”, a small business whose mission is to connect small businesses in the US who have tech needs with software engineering interns in Peru.

Chris Corriveau

Chris Corriveau

CTO | LocalStack

An Entrepreneurial Technologist who has help the role of CTO for the past 12 years. He currently leads technology fort LocalStack a comapny which aggregates all the social media data of every business in the United States.

Kathleen Altringer

Kathleen Altringer

E.A | Turbo Tax & Pro Series at Intuit

Certifications in HTML, CSS, Intro to Programming & JAVA from O’Reilly School of Technology. Contributor to test Automation framework. QuickBooks Certified. Prior to Intuit, has worked in Tax Preparation as an Enrolled Agent and small business booking.

Amber Elam

Amber Elam, CPA, MS

Tax Analyst | ProConnect Group

Amber is a Tax Analyst in the ProConnect Group at Intuit which provides professional tax software to the nation’s accountants. Prior to working at Intuit, she worked as a small business consultant providing tax, audit, and bookkeeping services centered around clients that use QuickBooks.

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Conference Timeline

  • 8:00am - 9:00am Welcome, Registration and Marketplace

    Get registered and settled in for a great day of learning.

  • 9:00am - 10:00am Keynote: TBD

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch, Marketplace, HelpDesk

    Enjoy lunch, check out the Marketplace.

  • 5:30pm - 6:00pm Announcement of Sharkette Tank Winner

    Celebrate the winners of the Sharkette Tank pitches.

  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Giveaways and Reception

    Time to network and win some giveaways.

Speakers and Panels

  • 10:00am - 11:00am Panel: So You Want to be a Programmer...

    Where should I go to learn? Do I have enough experience? Will I be able to get a job? All these questions and more will be answered in this informative session about how to get started, what languages are in high demand, and why becoming a developer is the best decision you can make in your life right now.
    Sponsored by: Learn

  • 11:00am - 12:00pm Sharkette Tank Pitchfest - Round 1

    Jump into the Sharkette Tank! Come cheer on 4 local startups as they pitch celebrity judges and vie for bragging rights as the winner! The four startups competing are: TBD

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Panel: The Internet of Things on Steroids and How the Cloud Runs Your Life

    More to come!

  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm Sharkette Tank Pitchfest - Round 2

    Jump into the Sharkette Tank! Come cheer on 4 local startups as they pitch celebrity judges and vie for bragging rights as the winner! The four startups competing are: TBD

  • 3:00pm - 4:00pm Panel: TBD

    More to come!

  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Sharkette Tank Pitchfest - Round 3

    Jump into the Sharkette Tank! Come cheer on 4 local startups as they pitch celebrity judges and vie for bragging rights as the winner! The four startups competing are: TBD

This year's tech con is located at Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

The University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies is located in San Diego, California. Located at: 5998 Alcala Park Way, San Diego, CA 92110, USA

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Health, Style, Success.

aLign’s mission is to easily integrate health into our everyday lives so that we can keep a balanced mind and body while still being sophisticated, stylish, successful women. Through both products and scientific tips, aLign optimizes your mind and body for maximum productivity, happiness, and health that takes your personal and professional life to the next level.

All Across Africa

Creating Beautiful Things That Count

All Across Africa is an innovative social bcorp certified business that creates jobs and market growth for men and women in Africa. The connect marginalized producers to skill trainings, market access and education that alleviates poverty and impacts their community.


Empowering future entrepreneurs securely

KidHire is a service that allows future entrepreneurs to start earning money today. Pick the business to run, use our tools, and you're on your way. Fully secure initial communications and parental oversight allows for a safe way to promote yourself and your business.


Business, Made by Moms

MUMZY is an online hub for mom entrepreneurs with a crowdfunding emphasis.


Helping you find someone to save the world with

Neqtr is a conscious relationship app that helps people connect over causes & lifestyles, and helps them meet at community activities like volunteering & yoga.


Making the road a happier place

The road can often feel like a hostile place full of traffic jams and miscommunication. We're here to change that! CarMoji by MotorMood is an accessory for your car which lets you say thanks to other drivers using a remote controlled light-up happy face in your rear window.


Making Short-Term Student Housing Easy!

RoomChazer connects International Education Actors and Local Housing Providers.

Hope Bras

Go Wireless

Hope Bras is a company dedicated to replacing the metal underwire in women’s bras in an effort to reduce women’s exposure to Electro Magnetic Frequency (EMF).

Equity Directory

Exchanging Work for Equity

Equity Directory is an invite-only network of entrepreneurs and startup talent exchanging work for equity.

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