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Aeva launched OpenStack's Bare Metal program in 2012 while working at HP Cloud, then led the engineering team at a small multinational cloud hosting company. After taking a sabbatical to recover from burnout and witnessing the rise of machine learning around the world, they have become increasingly outspoken about tech's impact on society. Aeva is a student of the dharma, a multicultural & multilingual autodidact, and an aspiring writer and activist. They currently work at Microsoft Azure.

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Fifteen years into a successful career in tech, I came out. I had a choice to make: whether to walk away, or try and salvage my professional network. I say I "came out" in 2017 though this process never really ends, and in this talk I'm going to come out to all of you again. And while my jobless period eventually came to a close, it lasted far longer than I expected. I'd like to share with you what I learned.

Was my network shrinking as colleagues chose to distance themselves from me, or because I felt nervous to reach out and have another awkward conversation? Was my bias changing because bad experiences taught me to anticipate more of them, or because my hormones were changing? Was my worldview changing, or just other people's perception of me?

I asked myself these questions daily for almost two years.

Through meditation, I understood that perception bias can be directly perceived, and I learned some tools to recognize the impact that my bias has on my decisions.

We can not become unbiased.

What matters is what we do about it.

2020 November 14 - 10:00
30 min
Room 3
SeaGL 2020

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