Speaker Info

I love connecting with people and sharing what I know! If you would like me to speak at your event, send me an email or reach out to me on Twitter.

You can find a list of currently available talks on my portfolio, and a list of previous speaking engagements at the bottom of this page.

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Jess Unrein is a Chicago based Software Engineer and a PyOhio organizer.


Jess Unrein is a Chicago based software engineer who helps organize PyOhio. They are also a writer, public speaker, and community organizer.


Jess Unrein is a software engineer with a passion for Python and community organizing. They are based in Chicago and they help organize PyOhio, the Midwest's largest Python conference. In their spare time they also write about tech on dev.to, give talks at local meetups, write zines, and hang out with their cats.

They originally studied Political Science and Music in college. After a brief stint with AmeriCorps and Mile High United Way, they attended Dev Bootcamp (RIP) and never looked back. Now they want to help other nontraditional learners succeed in the field of software development.

Previous Speaking Engagmenets

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Event Talk Location Date
ChiPy January 2019 Three Python Nuances I Wish I'd Known Earlier Chicago, IL January 10, 2019
Dev Together Chi Three Things to Learn the Hard Way Chicago, IL January 8, 2019
Women in Tech Breakfast Panelist: Breaking into a new field as a woman Chicago, IL April 7, 2017
Celebrating Women's History Month: Empowering and Inspiring Lightning Talks Nasty Woman or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being Abrasive Chicago, IL March 30, 2017
The Road to Code Why Python? Chicago, IL May 24, 2016
A Day in the Life of a Jr. Web Developer Panelist Chicago, IL July 2015
Event Talk Location Date
Write/Speak/Code 2017 Panelist: Invisible Illness in Tech Portland, OR August 26, 2017
PyOhio 2017 The Art of Mentoring and Being Mentored (because we are all always both) Columbus, OH July 29-30, 2017
Chicago Coder Conference The Zen of Python In Practice: Balancing Idealism with Production Concerns Chicago, IL June 27, 2017
Codeland 2017 Write Your Resume Like a Fanfic (Workshop) New York, NY April 22, 2017
Women Techmakers International Women's Day Summit 2017 Panelist: Community Empowerment Through Technology Chicago, IL April 8, 2017
PyOhio 2016 Python Logging: A medidation on silent failures Columbus, OH July 30, 2016