Stop. Coding.

#NoCode means removing the barriers to outsiders in tech

But it doesn’t have to be like that.

No or low code platforms make building tech products accessible and possible for folks who have so much to offer, creatively and conceptually, and are hampered by their dedication to the development of those skills outside of programming.

I’ve always been something of an outsider in tech.

First as an openly queer person, then as an activist and ethical capitalist, then as a transgender woman. Finding my place hasn’t been easy. And finding it has come down to carving it out for myself; refusing to acknowledge that there wasn’t a space for me and making one.

I believe in the democratization of the internet.

What the fuck does that mean?

When I say stop coding — I don’t mean stop building.

Hell no. I mean, take advantage of the new world of no-code platforms that have been leaping forward, to the point that anyone with enough technical knowledge to work Photoshop can build an app and create a startup.

It’s a complete blind spot to believe that only those who have a background in software engineering can envision different ways of working, living and being.

…and it’s also a fucking blind spot to think that software engineering itself isn’t an ecosystem of privilege and power. It’s the folks whose parents could afford for them to have a computer growing up. It’s the folks who could afford to go to school.

Chaotic good. Award winning creative director & writer, ft. in Wired, The AFR, SF Chronicle, Junkee. founder tinyspells.xyz / thisisstudioself.com ✨ She/Her.

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