Since writing about my experience with miscarriage, “On Silence and a Tiny Butterfly”, people in my sphere tend to reach out to me when they experience unexpected pregnancy loss. I am grateful to be able to offer comfort or understanding in these moments, as I know how isolating this experience can be. Im also selfishly happy to have another person to share with and talk about the baby I lost. Because its been 5 years and I still grieve for them, especially on the day that might have been their birthday.

Miscarriage might be more common than you realize and…

Jasmine Arbery, sister of Ahmaud Arbery, and Wanda Cooper-Jones, Ahmaud’s mother, comfort one another while people gather in a Georgia park to honor Ahmaud. (Sean Rayford/Getty Image)

If you are white and the mention of #BlackLivesMatter makes you feel uncomfortable or even angry, consider that this visceral reaction is a direct product of your unwilling and unwitting conditioning by white supremacy to resist the liberation of black people. As white people, we need to confront these feelings and recognize that this feeling of discomfort is IMPERATIVE for us to contribute to building a better future for our children and our families and our neighbors and our friends. White supremacy harms black people, but it harms white people too and deprives us all of equality and justice.


How IBM’s Call for Code, in it’s Third Year, Will Now Address COVID-19 in Addition to Climate Change.

In partnership with the United Nations and The Linux Foundation, IBM and the David Clark Cause launched the third annual Call for Code Global Challenge just as the Novel Coronavirus pandemic was shocking the world. As anyone who spends over a year planning a multi-national event will tell you, it’s no easy task changing the nature of this challenge to shift the focus from solely climate change to solve immediate crises caused by COVID-19. In 2018 Call for Code drew 100k participants from 156 countries, and it beat those numbers in 2019 with 190k participants from 165 countries. The goal…

Last night I hosted my first virtual meetup for my local chapter of Womxn in Machine Learning and Data Science. We were lucky to have Andrea Suozzo who is the Data Editor at Seven Days and she presented on her experience building the Vermont Eldercare Navigator. It was amazing to learn about the important work of protecting our elders with access to better data about the quality of their care and what it takes to build a database out of public data. You can see the story about this on Seven Days as well as at

A screenshot taken by Jane Adams during the meetup.

I had an…

Some simple does and don’ts for writing a compelling technical blog post.

These editorial guidelines have been modified and updated from the ones written originally by my brilliant former coworker, Mike Broberg. These are the guidelines we still use at The CODAIT Data Lab. These tips should get you up and running, and meeting your blogging goals for 2020 in no time.

My first bit of advice before you sit down to write is to make an outline for your post and then talk to someone about your ideas. If you are targeting a specific publication for your content, then reach out to them and ask if they have a particular content…

A Publicly Maintained List of Tech Conferences that Offer Childcare

Long story short, I’ve made a repo where you can find a publicly curated list of tech conferences that offer childcare to their attendees.

I’ll soon be entering my 5th year as a Developer Advocate for IBM and a big part of my job is traveling to conferences around the world to speak about the cool things we are working on. But since I started this work there has been a big shift in my life… I became a parent. I now take special note of the shift in the air at tech events that provide childcare. The event feels…

TL;DR: It’s possible but there’s no magic wand.

I’ve written before about the existence of racism and inequalities perpetuated by the usage of artificial intelligence. This is one of many things that cause people to pause before delving into AI to solve real world problems.

Dandelion seeds floating away in a sunset. Photo by Dawid Zawiła on Unsplash

If you work with artificial intelligence technologies you are acutely aware of the implications and consequences for getting it wrong. I wish I could tell you there was a magic wand to be waved that could solve problems like ensuring fairness, removing racial and gender bias, increasing explainability, preventing adversarial attacks, and providing transparency. The reality is that if these are things you…

Considering safety and comfort makes work travel more accessible for everyone.

People on moving walkway in airport with neon lights overhead. Photo by Adam Muise on Unsplash

Travel goes hand in hand with developer relations. If you are committed to supporting diversity in tech then you need to think about the differing needs of your developer advocates while traveling. The reality is that someone who is marginalized in tech has wildly different worries and considerations than someone who is white, male, cis, able-bodied, etc. Dont assume your team has what they need. Encourage open conversations about their travel experiences and ask them about their hesitations. I hope some of the things outlined in this post help get that conversation started!

When building a travel policy for our…

How being complicit with racism at Girl Develop It didn’t earn my innocence.

I became involved with Girl Develop It | GDI in early 2012 as a class participant in Philadelphia. I was looking to make a career change into tech and started going to meetups to network and learn about what I needed to learn to make this career change. I heard about GDI Philly from a friend or two and started taking classes. After a lifetime of only seeing technical skills performed by men this was the first time I was taught these skills by women. Having successful women as role models was inspiring and motivating. As a white woman, it…

Announcing the Third Batch of New Models in the IBM Developer Model Asset eXchange

IBM’s Model Asset eXchange (MAX) is a one-stop place for developers to find and use free and open source deep learning models. Since the first release of MAX in early 2018, our team of developers at IBM’s Center for Open-Source Data & AI Technologies have enabled many data scientists and AI developers to easily discover, rate, train, and deploy machine learning and deep learning models in their AI applications. To illustrate the usefulness of our Model Asset eXchange we’d like to highlight some new assets and code patterns (or code samples) that we just launched.

Deep Learning Models for Everyone:

These model assets cover Machine…

Maureen McElaney

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