One Direction fan Sacha Judd on fandom, groupchats, and how difficult it is to get Harry Styles tickets in New York City.
Just days after the sacking of a Google engineer who shared an anti-diversity manifesto came the reckons of a New Zealand software executive who thinks that women just aren't 'wired' for tech. Sacha Judd stopped eye-rolling long enough to compose a response.
In November 2016, Auckland tech entrepreneur Sacha Judd delivered a talk in Berlin which became an internet hit. It was titled 'How the tech sector could move in One Direction', and it argued that 1D fandom contains a lot of clues to the lack of diversity in tech. Last week she delivered a follow-up talk in Auckland, which we're proud to republish here.
Uber seems like a terrible company. But beyond binning an app, the challenge for the tech industry is to delete an entrenched, monolithic culture that sees women and minorities leaving in droves, writes Sacha Judd