I remember right where I was, walking the scorching June streets of Sevilla, when I got the Twitter DM from Justin, organizer of the blockbuster debut Render ATL conference in 2021, asking me if I'd be a speaker 11 months in the future, in June 2022. Having experienced extreme FOMO on Twitter during the 2021 conference, I was delighted to say yes! I'd never done a conference in the Motherland before.
Usually, I have to propose a conference topic and get approved. At this point in my career, it's rare to get a "come and speak about whatever!" Invitation, so I decided to use it to talk about a thing that I'm passionate about, but not yet really known for: the app that I'm building at work: Centered.
I've long been fascinated by psychology; both of my parents studied psychology before going into computers, and I majored in computers and minord in psych in college, so working on an app based on psychology theories is perfect for me.