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Undefinable Me - Keila Banks #GirlsWhoCode

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From OSCON 2015 in Portland: "Undefinable Me: The story of a 13-year-old girl from the inner city who codes." Keila Banks is a 13-year-old African-American girl from inner city Los Angeles. So far, she codes in three languages. This talk will be about her story and how people around the world can do coding and anything computer related, from video editing, game development, to photo editing, with the right tools. Opportunities are all around us. About Keila Banks: Keila Banks is a 13-year-old web designer, programmer, videographer, and publisher of content making use of mostly open source software. Don't miss OSCON Amsterdam, October 2015! http://www.oscon.com/open-source-eu-2015 Watch more from OSCON 2015: https://goo.gl/vD6vda Find out more about OSCON: http://oscon.com/open-source-2015 Don't miss an upload! Subscribe! http://goo.gl/szEauh Stay Connected to O'Reilly Media by Email - http://goo.gl/YZSWbO Follow O'Reilly Media: http://plus.google.com/+oreillymedia https://www.facebook.com/OReilly https://twitter.com/OReillyMedia
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Chance X (2 years ago)
Very inspirational
Generation X (2 years ago)
Wow!!! So amazing...
NERD745 (2 years ago)
THAT'S MY BEST FRIEND Y'ALL GO KEILAAAA
Nazstazia Simone (2 years ago)
I totally get it! You're just doing what you do. That doesn't require an explanation or label. Just keep doing!
David Coburn (2 years ago)
Hi, Keila. I am a reasonably old guy working in future IT strategy and design for a major aerospace company.  I'd tell you that you are exactly what I hope the kids coming along will be, except you might think that's a definition.  :-)  I really hope you keep it up.  Folks like you will redefine the world, and do it for the better.  Keep it up!
Phillip Banks (2 years ago)
As her father, thank you so much for this comment. I love all the support she has gotten from this video. If you're on Facebook please like, comment and support her further adventures on her fan page. https://www.facebook.com/thekeilabanks . Lots for her to learn from reasonably old IT guys.
amcdoll (3 years ago)
I'm 23 and i still aspire to be as brilliant as this girl is! I'm a proud black girl. way to go Keila Banks. way to go.
amcdoll (2 years ago)
+Phillip Banks absolutely!
Phillip Banks (2 years ago)
As Keila's dad I love that you found this inspiring. This is what makes us happy that she's doing something that matters. Is like to invite you to support her at www.facebook.com/thekeilabanks and message us with any ideas or advice you might want.
chandrika bolla (3 years ago)
U r really undefinable...Keila.....
Phillip Banks (2 years ago)
Please like and support Keila at https://www.facebook.com/thekeilabanks
J TheStoryteller (3 years ago)
NIce
Phillip Banks (2 years ago)
Please like and support Keila at https://www.facebook.com/thekeilabanks
KathTea (3 years ago)
Such a hero!
Phillip Banks (2 years ago)
Please like and support Keila at https://www.facebook.com/thekeilabanks
Selina Rocha (3 years ago)
Made me cry what a beautiful young woman❤️
Phillip Banks (2 years ago)
I didn't see this comment a while ago but (as her father) thank you sooo much. Please like and support Keila at https://www.facebook.com/thekeilabanks
Stacy Reed (3 years ago)
Rock on! You're an inspiration, how's that for a label?
Phillip Banks (3 years ago)
As Keila's dad we thank you for sharing it. Please help support Keila on her page. Www.facebook.com/thekeilabanks
KatherineRhyme (3 years ago)
This is incredible! Good for her :)
thekooosh (3 years ago)
Cool young lady. I enjoyed the talk.
Phillip Banks (2 years ago)
Please like and support Keila at https://www.facebook.com/thekeilabanks
Dr. Von (3 years ago)
Wow really amazing but to much hype. Coding is not at all difficult. And btw Hacking/Modding is Coding.
Tryezz (3 years ago)
Word up. Onward and upward. I got into coding and websites at a young age too...using good ole' notepad. Still use it today. Blessings.
Frida Medina (3 years ago)
She is incredible
noooooooooooooooooo (3 years ago)
This made me a little bit emotional because I see a lot of myself in her. She's adorable!!! Even though I'm only 5 years older than her and she is truly an inspiration!!!!! Keep up the amazing work!!
Phillip Banks (2 years ago)
Hi. I'm Keila's dad and we LOVE that you liked this. please help support, encourage, get advice or tell us about business or tech events that would enjoy Keila speaking. Like and share www.facebook.com/thekeilabanks to keep up with her.
Sara36 (3 years ago)
Keila Banks your amazing!!!
Ahhh, the Force is STRONG, in this young pupil!  Kudos for the Linux T-Shirt, young Jedi  :)
Phillip Banks (3 years ago)
I could not agree more.
+Phillip Banks YES, awesome! I got my start early, and all kids need to today as well!
Phillip Banks (3 years ago)
She's a child of the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE). My wife was pregnant with her at the first one so she'll definitely rep Linux. Thanks for noticing. Specially made for her by the Linux Chix.
hamidul islam (3 years ago)
gubf
Stephanie Collins (3 years ago)
You are awesome and inspirational! Conquer the universe!
Stephanie Collins (2 years ago)
I thought about signing up for coding classes. But, I also found a meet up classes in LA that are free. So I think I'll go that route- before I pay a lot of money.
Phillip Banks (2 years ago)
+Stephanie Collins​ I've gone to General Assembly in Santa Monica before. Do you go to the one in DTLA?
Stephanie Collins (2 years ago)
Hi Mr. Banks, Your daughter has inspired me- for sure. I found this school in DTLA-General Assembly. They teach coding and usually have speakers-you should contact them!
Phillip Banks (2 years ago)
Hi. I'm Keila's dad and we LOVE that you liked this. please help support, encourage, get advice or tell us about business or tech events that would enjoy Keila speaking. Like and share www.facebook.com/thekeilabanks to keep up with her.
TheTheratfarmer (3 years ago)
alright, good luck.
TheTheratfarmer (3 years ago)
write some assembly lamguage code.
TheTheratfarmer (3 years ago)
i risked my life to save people from SA.  they were getting chopped up.  i saw it.  so this makes it worth while.  the US Navy.
Jules Rodriguez (3 years ago)
The Next Oprah Winfrey
Phillip Banks (2 years ago)
Hi. I'm Keila's dad and we LOVE that you liked this. please help support, encourage, get advice or tell us about business or tech events that would enjoy Keila speaking. Like and share www.facebook.com/thekeilabanks to keep up with her.
Paddy McCarthy (3 years ago)
Go girl! (And a+1 to your father :-)
Phillip Banks (3 years ago)
This is exactly where I'm coming from with Keila as well. She is learning to code just like I did and you did but I tell her it may not be what she decides to do for a living. This is just a tool. Just like a hammer it can just be another thing on your belt or it could be the thing that you focus on. By the way if you could Keila a gig out in the UK we would love you for life! Our house watches British TV like crazy. We're complely enamored with the UK.
Paddy McCarthy (3 years ago)
+Phillip Banks "I'm still not sure what she'll be." Happy we hope :-) Thanks for the family background link. My folks came to the UK from Jamaica in the late 50's and settled in Nottingham - of Robin Hood, Sherwood forest, The Major oak fame. I had childhood asthma which meant a lot of time indoors, not being able to play with the other kids and ended up reading - a lot, day-dreaming and to me passing my eleven plus which meant going to a much better school at aged eleven . I sneaked into minicomputer lessens the local fee-paying school children were having at the local Polytechnic (now Nottingham Trent University), and wrote my first programs at age fifteen in 1975.  I have never had programming as being my job title, I am an electronics engineer, but have always carved out my niche  by understanding the engineering as well as the comp. science to spec and deliver novel solutions to my engineering teams.  I too had the "You have to be twice as good..." speech from my parents, and you can see where it is coming from BUT, You also have to know your own worth and BE ASSERTIVE to get the best in your career. 
Phillip Banks (3 years ago)
+Paddy McCarthy I'm still not sure what she'll be. I tell my kids this is just a tool. She could decide to do something else. She didn't mention in the video that she won Young Entrepreneur of the year award last year because I had her in some business stuff too. She may go that route. 2 of my 4 are going into tech but all learned it. Jobs now days will depend on these skills. I just posted a blog on it at blog.banksnetworking.com .
Paddy McCarthy (3 years ago)
Shock, Horror! I wasn't expecting a reply from the great dad himself :-) It was a great video to watch and linked into a bugbear of mine on representation in general in the industry. I was so glad when one of my communities - Python, decided to add a diversity section https://www.python.org/community/diversity/ I am a little bit jealous of you Phillip as being an engineer  I had hoped my children would become engineers, but stupidly , in the interest of balance, I did mention that if you want to earn a lot of money then best to follow the money with a job in the city... Of all the things I do tell them, they had to remember that :-( (But then I did add that if they do make the money, mines an Audi R8 :-)
Phillip Banks (3 years ago)
As Keila's dad we thank you for sharing it. Please help support Keila on her page. Www.facebook.com/thekeilabanks
Warsie (3 years ago)
Keila, you must join #gamergate !! We need people like you to fight for the internet! EDIT: Also stay 1337. And not a skid
Warsie (3 years ago)
+Dominik Frankowicz lol no
Dominik Frankowicz (3 years ago)
+Warsie f*ck off
bronte_a (3 years ago)
Wicked talk! Go Keila! shows anyone can do anything :)
Phillip Banks (3 years ago)
As Keila's father we'd like to thank you for sharing her video. Please like/share her page www.facebook.com/thekeilabanks
vwbond (3 years ago)
Outstanding work ethic, talk about a resume building- wow!
Phillip Banks (3 years ago)
As Keila's father we'd like to thank you for sharing her video. Please like/share her page www.facebook.com/thekeilabanks
Melissa Goodall (3 years ago)
this young lady's Dad is an awesome parent and mentor to give her not only ideas, but support, encouragement, and nudges!
KidsBoxCARTOON (3 years ago)
Maybe the girl is indefinable, but we want to define her parents - they are overachievers, striving to give their girl the best and help her learn the most valuable skills. Great job, parents!
KidsBoxCARTOON (3 years ago)
+Phillip Banks You are doing a very good job! Keep it up!
Phillip Banks (3 years ago)
+NeverlandAnimation Thank you so much for saying that. We have 4 kids and I try to keep them as busy in whatever pursuit they choose but I've had them all at computer conventions since they can remember.
JazzKeyboardist1 (3 years ago)
is her shirt in code?
Phillip Banks (3 years ago)
Her father and an adult here. In response to all of your questions. No. The correct answer was NO. Which this teenage told you correctly. The shirt is not in code AND she did not make the shirt that says Chix on it. That shirt was made by adults. Adults who are also well educated women that write code. I'm not sure if it does matter but your scolding tone to a youth that has done such a globally awe inspiring speech is in poor taste.
JazzKeyboardist1 (3 years ago)
+Kei Banks,Yes, I stumped you and  you started stuttering,  And which dictionary is Chix listed in? it is an easy question.
JazzKeyboardist1 (3 years ago)
+Kei Banks..Why do you teenagers always start stuttering Um? It is just like starting your sentence with duh. The reason teenagers talk with slang is so their parents don't understand what they are saying, Just like code. I am laughing at whatever kpkeilawoozworld means.
JazzKeyboardist1 (3 years ago)
Wasn't the correct response Yes?  Which dictionary includes Chix except the urban dictionary?
xyz2453 (3 years ago)
But didn't she just.. define herself by all those labels?
1970sbm (3 years ago)
What was not said, but implied was that the first labels come with negativity and are limiting but the other ways of defining herself are universal and positive. The point of the talk was to not be defined by a limited number of factors based on what you see but to have an ever-growing list of things that help explain who you are, who've you've been and who you can possibly be. Get it?
jtmv8915 (3 years ago)
+xyz2453 We tend to think in terms of labels. For some reason it's just more natural off the top of your head to say "I am a cheerleader/programmer" than "I practice cheerleading/programming". Any human can only obtain a small finite number of skills/activities. Thus we are all label-able. I think what she really means to say is: her labels are not narrow and predetermined.
xyz2453 (3 years ago)
I'm not hating.. I even admire her for her confidence, I just don't understand or misunderstand the point of the talk.
witch, please (3 years ago)
No she didn't, you did. Take your hate elsewhere.
jtmv8915 (3 years ago)
+xyz2453 Shhhhhh

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