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False Assumptions Developers Make About Gender (and their sometimes hilarious results)

DevFest Melbourne 2019

From signup forms to social media profiles to targeted advertising: gender is everywhere.

But too often software developers make assumptions about gender that just don't work in the real world, and when those assertions fail, the results can be anywhere from amusing to seriously harmful.

Watch and learn as a nonbinary person breaks the gender binary, challenges your assumptions, and demonstrates the hilarious consequences of being an X in an M/F world.

Effy Elden




Effy Elden is a 24-year-old non-binary person who works as a consultant software developer for ThoughtWorks in Melbourne

As an avid technologist they are passionate about DevOps enablement and cloud infrastructure, and in their spare time they pursue activism in the fields of digital privacy and queer rights.