Out in Tech San Francisco | IRL: The Power of Appyness

October 24, 2016 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

IRL: The Power of Appyness

Technology has always had the transformative power to connect individuals around the world and was hugely important in building the LGBTQ community. Out community became more visible and cohesive as we recognized our strength in numbers, creating safe spaces for us to engage with each other online and recognize that we were not alone. 

Today, we share commutes, rate and review restaurants, set up dates and learn new skills – all through virtual platforms designed to physically bring people together. These interactions broaden and challenge people’s perspectives on race, gender, ethnicity, age and the LGBTQ community. This panel will (physically!) bring together the companies building these platforms and explore this old/new phenomenon of human interaction, community, and love.


Monday, Oct 24, 2016

6:30 – 9:00 PM (Last admission at 7:30)



140 New Montgomery Street

San Francisco, CA 94105

Doors open at 6:30 PM, make sure to arrive early to guarantee entrance and you must be 21 or older to attend. 


Brian Bocchino, Senior Executive Recruiter, Uber

Brian Bocchino is on Uber’s Executive Search team, overseeing the search for technical roles. Previously, Brian recruited for companies such as Dropcam, Inkling and Gravity People. He was a Classical Studies major at the University of Arizona where his studies concentrated on Egyptology. In his free time, Brian can be found collecting records and playing tabletop RPGs.


Scott Zaloon, Senior Regional Director West Coast, General Assembly

Scott is currently the Senior Regional Director, West Coast for General Assembly.  Prior to moving to San Francisco, Scott was a Regional Director and Education Program Producer with General Assembly and an Equity Analyst with J.P. Morgan in New York City. Scott holds a BS in Economics | Psychology from Columbia University.


Shannon Sellers, Technical Recruiter, Yelp

Shannon is a Technical Recruiter at Yelp, and has previously been on recruiting teams at Facebook and Google. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Memphis College of Art.



Scott Gatz, CEO and Founder, Q.Digital

Scott Gatz is the CEO and Founder of Q.Digital, which includes Queerty, LGBTQNation and GayCities. Prior to founding Q.Digital, Scott was the General Manager of Yahoo’s search business and more recently headed up personalization efforts including the lauch of the popular My Yahoo! service. His early career ranged from television production at the Lifetime channel and NBC to product development and management for major information providers. Scott holds a BA in Communications from Hofstra University.



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140 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105


IRL: The Power of Appyness
Technology has always had the transformative power to connect individuals around the world and was hugely import


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