During October, artists all over the world participate in project called Inktober. Every day, they post, in their channel of choice, a drawing done in ink.
There are some suggested prompts, but the drawing doesn’t have to be from the prompt, in fact it doesn’t have to be that great or that finished either. Sure there are artists posting amazing works they’ve just whipped up, because they are, after all, professional artists.
There are plenty of other folks posting drawings that are less, shall we say, polished.  These are sketches drawn before getting kids to school, starting the daily commute or getting down to actual work. Inktober is about coming back to your doodles every day and then sharing them, even if it is scary or you skipped a day or five (truly, it’s even ok to post 1 or 2 things).
We have a lot of secret doodlers in tech. I know, because I used to be one of them. I would secretly show up early for meetings so I could spend a few minutes secretly doodling.
My secret doodles helped me sort out the difficult tech concepts I was working with on a daily basis and, eventually, I found ways to share them.
“This is so great!” friends would tell me.
“Really??” I would ask. This helped me get up the courage to post things online.
Here we are on the day before Inktober starts, and I have a proposal:
Let’s have an #inktechtober where we post some doodles about tech concepts we’re working with or trying to figure out. Here is a prompt list if you’re having trouble coming up with something you want to sketch.
Post it to your social media channel of choice using the hashtag #inktechtober.
If you enjoy inktechtober or sketching related to tech, check out the Let’s Sketch Tech! conference happening in December.
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The Journey Begins with a Kickstarter!


Who knew that when I organized the 2nd iteration of what I thought would be a small, local, software conference, Pear Conf, I would be starting my own business.

Pear Conf happened over a beautiful two days this past July. We talked, we punned, we painted! I even saw some really great chilling out happening in our quiet corner!

With Pear Conf over, I realized that while the conference was great, it’s time to expand the message of pairing on work as a way to solve hard problems and get better at working with teammates.

This is why I have teamed up with Jennifer Tu and Betsy Haibel of Cohere to bring you the “Let’s Pair!” kickstarter.

“Let’s Pair!” is a series of zines designed to help folks get started or to improve their own pairing practice. We are also including a plushy pear for some reward levels.

Join the Pear community and back our kickstarter today!