Jamie Wittenberg

Hey, I'm Jamie!
I'm a product manager.

About

I used to be a high school math teacher; I made the transition to tech working with The Flatiron School, Wyncode Academy, and Codecademy. I spent nearly two years at Major League Hacking, perfecting the learning experience for the hacker community. With nearly a decade of teaching experience and close to five in tech, I have learned how to translate understanding the needs of a heterogenous group of students into painstaking empathy for my users.

Now, I work at Oscar Health as the Product Manager for Oscar for Business, making it possible for small groups in several states to offer Oscar Health insurance to their employees.

Areas of Focus

The Emergent Developer

The focus of my career over the last several years has endowed me with a particular expertise in the emergent developer. Technical skills are only one part of the equation; problem-solving, interviewing skills, networking, and personal branding are critical to matching early-career engineers with the right job.

Diversity and Inclusion

D&I isn't just about getting more women or more people of color or more neurodiverse or more non-traditional engineers at the stand-up; it's about making them comfortable, valued, and included — from day one.

Technical Education Pedagogy

In teaching and learning, there's the what and there's the how. I spend a lot of time exploring the ways in which the what informs the how and bringing that intersection to life for anyone who wants to learn new technical skills.

Recent Projects

MLH Localhost Landing Page Redesign

In partnership with Ashley Hockney, and building on top of the style guide created by Mike Swift, I redesigned the MLH Localhost landing page with the following considerations:

  • Conversion Copy
  • Updated Web Standards
  • General Aesthetic

You can see the before here and the after here.

Courses Created

  • Okay Google, How Do I Build Actions for Assistant? (2019)
  • Build and Deploy Node.js Apps with Microsoft Azure (2018)
  • Blockchain Basics: An Introduction to Quorum, developed by J.P. Morgan (2018)
  • Intermediate JavaScript Requests (Codecademy, 2017)
  • Introduction To Full Stack Web Development (6 Week Summercamp Curriculum, Wyncode 2016)

Talks and Panels

How to Lose a Dev in 3 Ways

I gave a talk at DevRelCon San Francisco 2019 about how to make your documentation inclusive to new developers. You may view the video here.

Pursuit Feedback Fair Panel on Networking

I had the opportunity to speak on a panel at Pursuit on how to successfully network at meetups and other industry events in January 2019.

What We've Learned About Learning

At Major League Hacking's Hackcon VI, our annual user conference in 2018, I had the privilege of giving a talk about new ideas in how emergent developers learn new tech skills. You can watch it here!

Teacher Turned Techie: Non-Traditional Pathways to Learning Tech Skills

At the 2018 Computer Science Fair in New York City, I gave a lightning talk on pursuing a tech career without a computer science degree.