The conversation, moderated by journalist Ruchika Tulshyan, tackled panelists’ personal experiences in tech, from harassment to the future of the industry to the technology itself.
Quinn, who was targeted during Gamergate, an online siege launched by an ex-boyfriend, pointed to the fact that hiring isn’t a quick fix in fighting homogeneity in tech companies. She said solving the problem means looking at “who’s actually in charge of things.” Change, she argued, must happen at the management level.
Lee discussed the perseverance it takes to get a seat at the table, saying that it may take multiple attempts to be taken seriously or get a product off the ground. “The first conversation might not do anything," she said, drawing from her own experience. "But as long as I didn’t leave the room, we win."
Tulshyan ended the discussion by asking panelists if they ever felt like they were living in an episode of the Netflix series "Black Mirror," which depicts societal issues through the lens of technology in a not-so-distant future. Harris responded, “Always.”
Listen to the entire conversation with the Soundcloud link, above.