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Des Femmes newsletter - Issue #24

Des Femmes newsletter
Des Femmes newsletter
Hello and welcome to the Des Femmes newsletter! 👋

We’re so excited to launch our second print magazine next month! Fun fact? We paid photographer Tiffany Sin in bitcoin for this beautiful cover shoot. 👇
The magazine will be available in late November at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide and in Delta Sky Club airport lounges in New York and Boston. We won’t be listing this rare, physical collectible on our website for the public so if you are interested in acquiring one of these beauties, you’ll need to become a Des Femmes community member, then email leigh@desfemmesmagazine.com with your request. We only have 50 copies reserved for community members to purchase, so act quickly!  
In the meantime, we’ve been deeply impressed by the high quality of participants in the 2022 mentorship program, which includes a Q4 2022 bounty program sponsored by Superlunar. We had 13 mentee submissions into the program!! With so many great submissions to choose from, it was hard to pick just a few winners. Our first winner was Maik Lorenz, who wrote this stellar essay about the Lightning Network, (a hot topic as Sagun Chauhan wrote on this as well and also won!). The next winner was, Keyue Bao who submitted a peer review (PR) exercise that knocked our socks off. In addition to those three winners, we’re proud to announce that the winners also include Induja Shankar for her c-Lightning node experiment, Ana Sosa for her bitcoin payments essay, and last but not least, Sahiti Reddy P. and Erin Lyman for their insightful reflection essays. In total there were 7 winning mentee submissions! 🎉
Curious about the process? Here’s what Erin has to say about her experience:  
“Since participating in the Des Femmes developer course and interacting with small business owners accepting cryptocurrencies, I now understand the incredible role bitcoin can play in running a business free from censorship and discrimination. The philosophical underpinnings of bitcoin clicked for me and I saw it as a tool of free expression. In that spirit, I wanted to run my own node. I expressed this interest to my Des Femmes mentor and she was happy to support me. She had run her own node for some time and had also created tutorials on how to set one up. She generously gifted me a Canakit and gave me advice to get started. I chose to run a Lightning node. All I needed to get started was my Canakit, a microSD, and an SSD external drive. I chose to use Umbrel OS which came with an app to get started with a Lightning node… I found my fellow classmates to come from diverse backgrounds. I’ve been incredibly impressed by my personal mentor and my interactions with other mentors throughout the program. It’s been an incredible opportunity for me to hear from those directly contributing to Bitcoin as engineers, small business owners, people running their own nodes, those working for Bitcoin nonprofits, and educators. I now get to join them in contributing to Bitcoin’s success.”
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Here’s what Sahiti has to say about her experience:  
“I also met a full-time female developer who gave me tips on how to get started with bitcoin development. Meeting the Des Femmes community and looking at female developers being in the position where I am dreaming of being gives me a lot of hope that I can do it too.”
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If you know of any companies that want to hire program graduates (bitcoin-savvy developers!), please email leigh@desfemmesmagazine.com to learn more about our recruiting services
We’re also thrilled to announce that there were too many amazing mentors to choose just one to win the “best mentor” reward (a small amount of bitcoin worth roughly $100) so the mentor bounty winners are Arik Sosman and Nicole “Cypherpunk Chic”! These mentors went above and beyond to help junior developers learn how to contribute to open source bitcoin projects. That means, across the board, a total of 9 program participants will be receiving bitcoin bounties. Congratulations to everyone who ramped up their bitcoin skills throughout the program! 🙌
And, speaking of open source projects, our team is still tinkering with the BTCPay server setup. We can’t wait to share more insights about that with you next month!
Highlights of the month:
🔥 The Human Rights Foundation is sponsoring a scholarship for a Des Femmes community member from the mentorship program to attend the Afrobitcoin conference in December 2022. 🥳
🔥 Marina Spindler landed a speaking gig at the Adopting Bitcoin conference coming up in November. 🧠
🔥 One of our very own community members just completed her first year as an entrepreneur in the crypto accounting space! Allie started RKO Tax last year to help individuals with the headache of crypto taxes and we are so proud to share her success. If you or someone you know needs any tax help, you can reach out to her team at inquiries@rko.tax
Community spotlight:
We’re also excited to highlight mentorship program contributor Merissa Coello, who shared a presentation with the group about how bitcoin mining relates to sustainable energy initiatives. Thanks, Merissa, for showing us a more environmentally friendly perspective on the bitcoin ecosystem! 🌎
We’ll share more details on our community evolution soon. Until then, be sure to follow us on Twitter or Instagram via @desfemmesmag. Not a member yet? Buy an official membership here.
 
 
Until next time, stay curious!
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