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Everyone has a story.
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Join our events to hear storytelling by some of your favorite fellow nerds. We'll laugh. We'll cry. We may even hear a story without any industry jargon.

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Stay tuned. We're currently planning our next event

In the meantime, here is a video from a recent event: There's a Crack in the Pavement.

We believe we can make the tech space a better place by providing an open and raw storytelling platform. A place to slow down. To take time to listen to the stories that surround us. And to use those stories to better ourselves — our selfs, our careers, and our environments — along with the industry in which we work.

Frequently Anticipated Questions

Unmute is a new thing and we can't wait to share it with the world!

We want to make sure you know what we're all about, so here are the questions with think you'll ask us. If you have any more questions, we're on Twitter. Or you can email us.

What is the format?

Each event will be 1-2 hours long and will consist of 1-3 speakers. Between or after talks, we will break the audience members into small groups to reflect on the speaker’s talk and/or share their own stories with each other. Think of this like facilitated networking. During this COVID season we’re living in, all events will be held virtually until it is otherwise safe to gather publicly.

Are these the same as conference talks?

Yes… and no. Yes, there will be someone sharing their experience. They will be different from most conference talks because they won’t be centered around a piece of technology or a methodology - they’ll be centered on that person, their experience, their story.

I have a story to share! How can I be a speaker?

We’d love to hear it! Email us at hello@unmutedstories.com and tell us who you are and what kind of story you’d like to share.

Will the audience get to participate?

Some speakers may be available for Q&A after their talk. We also will have breakout time where we put audience members into small groups to either share reflections about the speaker’s story or share their own stories with each other.

Is there a fee to attend?

No, for the time being, all events will be free to attendees. We may host bigger events or conferences in the future, which may be ticketed.

Are speakers compensated?

Given the early stage of our program, we currently have no financial backers therefore we are unable to pay our speakers. Eventually, we would like to evolve to a sponsorship model wherein our sponsors are able to offset speaker fees. So for the time being, we appreciate the gracious donation of our speakers’ time and stories.

Who are you and why are you doing this?

Unmute is organized by a merry band of tech enthusiasts and practitioners who appreciate the human side of our disciplines and are passionate about uplifting the voices of those underrepresented in our industry. Learn more about our organizing team here.

Can I sponsor an event?

While we don’t have a formal sponsorship, we are open to discussing it. For the time being, any donations will be used to compensate our speakers and cover our tech costs. Email us at hello@unmutedstories.com and let us know you’re interested in becoming a sponsor.

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