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Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Wednesday, October 18

gracelimpicGrace Lim 

At the age of 5, Grace Lim left the tiny island of Taiwan for the United States, where she quickly learned the language of her adopted country. With more than 20 years of journalism experience, Lim has covered stories ranging from hard-news crime to celebrity profiles, working for the Austin American-Statesman and the Miami Herald. During one nutty year working as a staff reporter for The Star (yes, the supermarket tabloid), she traveled to 30 states, tagged Liz Taylor to Acapulco and secured the worldwide exclusive story from Charles Manson’s biological son. Despite that year, formerly known as the Grace Gone Wild journalistically period, she was accepted to Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where, much to the chagrin of the really serious students, she graduated with honors. Prior to moving to Oshkosh, she was a staff correspondent for the Miami bureau of People magazine and is proud to say she refrained from selling Justin Timberlake’s phone number on eBay. These days she is paying penance for any journalistic transgressions she may have committed in her youth. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where her students produce the Humans of Oshkosh Storytelling Project, and speaks to numerous organizations including TEDx Oshkosh about the power of storytelling. 


Thursday, October 19

lindaliukaspicLinda Liukas

Linda is a programmer, storyteller and illustrator from Helsinki, Finland. Her book series Hello Ruby introduces the whimsical world of technology for kids and has been translated to over 20 languages.

Hello Ruby made its debut on Kickstarter and quickly smashed its $10,000 funding goal after just 3.5 hours and gathered $380,000 in total funding. Hello Ruby was the most funded book on Kickstarter's children's book category. The book series has grown to cover three books: on programming, on computers and on the internet.

Linda is a central figure in the world of programming and worked on "edutech" before it was called that. Linda is the founder of Rails Girls, a global phenomenon teaching the basics of programming for young women all over the world. The workshops, organized by volunteers in over 270 cities, have, in a few years, taught more than 10,000 women the foundations of programming.

She previously worked at Codecademy, a programming education company in New York with over 5 million users all over the world, but left to work on the children's book which she believes is one of the best platforms to introduce kids to programming.

Linda believes that code is the 21st century literacy and the need for people to speak the ABCs of programming is imminent. She believes our world is increasingly run by software and we need more diversity in the people who are building it. The best way to introduce programming to children is through compelling storytelling. Having never really outgrown fairytales, she sees the web as a maze of stories and wants to hear more diverse voices in that world.