For women in tech:
- Inclusive Tech Lab: I’m on the founding team for this Boston-based organization. We’re committed to creating a safe space for women, non-binary folk, members of marginalized communities, and everyone who has felt left out of “traditional” tech spaces to come and learn together. We believe in sharing skills to lift each other up and host workshops, networking events, hack nights, and hackathons.
- She Geeks Out: Brings “geeky” women together monthly to eat dinner, network, and hear from speakers.
- Women Who Code: A terrific national organization that creates programs and services to elevate women in tech.
- Tech Ladies: Sends out a weekly newsletter with woman-friendly job opportunities and hosts a super active Facebook community where women in tech can ask for advice, celebrate their achievements, and share resources.
For learning new things:
- Codecademy: Features a terrific, interactive way to learn and build upon programming basics.
- General Assembly: Offers well-known immersive programs, classes, and workshops on today’s hot skills, everything from web dev to digital marketing to business.
- Pluralsight: Unfortunately not free. But it offers a wealth of in-depth tutorials on a variety of technical subjects, most of which have closed-captioning (earning it kudos for accessibility) and downloadable starter files so you can code along.
- Museum of Science: Offers a variety of fascinating public talks, from the ethics of artificial intelligence to gene editing, mostly for free.
- Wordplay: With my friends Becca and Suzannah, I founded this weekly writing group for Boston locals. Wordplay has something for everybody: Prompts to jump-start your writing, workshops to hone it, and drop-in writing circles to get it done.
- Boston Book Festival: A whirlwind of inspiration and fun, the Boston Book Festival takes over Copley Square every fall.
- GrubStreet: Great courses, great people, great events for the literary-minded.
For news and events:
- The Skimm: On those mornings when I’m rushing out the door, I can still catch up on news from around the world, as well as shake my head at the latest misogynistic utterance by Donald Trump.
- The Boston Calendar: Inspired by a Reddit post. Self-described place to hear about “interesting, fun, under-publicized, mostly-free events happening around the city and surrounding areas (e.g. Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline).” Really awesome.
- Boston on a Budget: Provides lists of cheap and fun things to do in Boston, week to week.
- VentureFizz: Curated newsletter of local startup news and upcoming events.
- The Atlantic
- The New York Times