Linda Peng Developer, Musician, Always Learning

Code

I am currently a developer at We Also Walk Dogs, the company behind ActionKit, aka powerful online organizing and campaigning software used by progressive organizations such as the ACLU, MoveOn.org, SumOfUs, 350.org, Everytown for Gun Safety, Color of Change, Indivisible, and more.

Previously, I ran A/B tests to spread meaningful viral content and was a front-end developer at MoveOn.org.

My tools at work: Python and Django, Javascript/jQuery, HTML/CSS, SASS, and SQL.

I am on Github. In my spare time, I maintain an open-sourced project called CodeBuddies, a 100% volunteer-driven side project I started to help coders of all experience levels better accomplish their learning goals via peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and remote study groups. The Slack community is fantastic, as are all the community moderators and core code contributors to our hangouts scheduling site.

I doubled majored in Economics and Public Policy at Duke University, and fell in love with web development a little accidentally -- but thankfully, since I appreciate the open knowledge sharing culture. I enjoy talking to other developers, and am always learning.

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Music

Playing violin helps me de-stress. My mother is a violinist, and she started teaching me how to play the instrument when I was four. I enjoy arranging and recording violin covers, and will try to put the sheet music I've notated directly in the video, so that other violinists can learn how to play it:

More recently, I've been enjoying making violin covers with a loop pedal:

I've also been experimenting with composing original music using a loop pedal:

I'm a fan of movie soundtrack and trailer music in general, and it was a honor to be named one of the 20 winners of Two Steps of From Hell's cover contest for my cover of Heart of Courage.

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Writing

I am on Medium. I also have an old coding diaries blog that hasn't been updated in years. Sometimes I plop code tidbits onto this tumblr.

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Speaking

I don't tend to go out of my way to speak, but here are some events I've spoken at:

Community

Locally, I volunteer as a meetup organizer for Women Who Code East Bay and Oakland PyLadies twice a month. In the past, I've also volunteered for PyBay (the same conference I unexpectedly shot my first documentary short) and SASSConf.

Also in the past, I was an enthusiastic participant of hackathons in NYC, like Techcrunch Disrupt, Comedy Hack Day, and the New York Times Hack Day, and the Monthly Music Hackathon.

Of course, I've also organized a bunch of study hangouts for the CodeBuddies community.

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