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Morgen Bromell is a founder and technologist working to make platforms more accessible to marginalized folks through community centric research and conscientious design. As the founder of Thurst, a dating app for LGBTQIA+ people, they continuously study all aspects of queer community building, particularly how queer and trans people use digital resources and online platforms to navigate our world and reimagine it.
Morgen began their interest in studying the intersections of LGBTQIA+ cultures and digital platforms while in university and working as a youth activist in Brooklyn, NY. They are deeply committed to queer and trans justice and see intentional development and political education as their praxis, inspired by the Stonewall elders, queer and trans activists and educators who guided them in their formative years. Morgen’s focus on queer organizing, mindful research, and outreach has blossomed into a deep connectedness to various queer and trans communities, creators, founders, and movement workers across the world.
Apart from tech, Morgen is interested in gardening in Brooklyn, taro bubble tea, chasing after their Doberman puppy, and trying new vegan recipes.
Safety and Security Standards for Marginalized Users
This talk explores the process of determining what is “safe” and what security means internally and externally for the user as you begin to develop or reconsider the structure of your platform, app, product, or service that has marginalized users. This presentation doesn’t require any previous technical knowledge apart from a general understanding of project management and product development.
“Queering Tech” will address how creatives, technologists, and designers challenge the inherent slant towards cis, white, heterosexual bias when planning and developing platforms, spaces, and tools to serve all communities. The goal of this talk is to explore and present options for teams of all sizes about how to shift perspective and challenge social and structural norms within our workspaces and collectives. Morgen believes by queering praxis, we not only change the process but the outcome, making every step of development potentially more inclusive, effective, and impactful.
Founding a Startup as a Young, Queer, Black Technologist
Morgen will share the pivotal moments that helped them as a new founder develop a network of supportive peers, advisors, mentors, and find their own community within tech. Morgen’s personal journey and the lessons learned navigating tech and eventually getting their startup launched and funded can be adjusted and applied to any marginalized person or group seeking an alternative narrative about entrepreneurship.
Meditation and Mindfulness as a Sustainable Startup Strategy
This talk is meant to serve both founders and startup employees, as well as employees on teams within large organizations that have a startup ethos. Morgen will share the practices derived from non-western meditation-based spiritualities that have aided Morgen in efficiently identifying causes of stress and alleviating it on a personal and company-wide level. Often mindfulness and spirituality are not associated with the pillars of successful companies, but Morgen will carefully detail how embracing parts of various non-western teachings and applying them within the context of a small working group can improve efficiency and interpersonal collaboration.