My name is Iris Nevins and I am software engineer and the founder of Organeyez.
I started this blog back in college, which means that it has transformed many times over the last 4 years. I used to write about things like hair and race, then I dabbled in writing about politics, then I started writing about my work as a teacher. Many writings I have taken down, and some I have yet to complete. But here’s a run through of what I’ve been up to lately.
In 2016 I left my job as a teacher and my activism work to pursue a career in technology. I spent 4 months in a software engineering fellowship bootcamp and then 2 months job hunting before I landed a role at Mailchimp.
Shortly after joining Mailchimp I started a non profit called Organeyez, which aims to create tools and content that helps activists and social justice movements be more effective. Founding Organeyez has been a long time coming. Back in 2015 I had co-founded Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward and my time there led me to realize that social justice organizations needed help with being effective. Initially I thought I’d learn to code so that I could build software for activists. But the mission became even greater. With Organeyez, I aim to not only build tools but research the various strategies that make activists effective and disseminate this information to activists everywhere. We launched our podcast and social media platforms in August 2018 and have multiple projects in the works for 2019.
My other hobby is supporting and encouraging those who aspire to transition into technology careers. If you want to make this journey and need advice, direction, or encouragement–feel free to schedule a meeting with me here.