Functional Geekery Episode 50 – Bridget Hillyer

In this episode I talk with Bridget Hillyer. We talk her introduction to functional programming, ClojureBridge, StrangeLoop, community building, Onyx Platform, and more.

Our Guests, Bridget Hillyer

bridgethillyer on Github


PolyConf 2016 will be taking place on June 30th – July 2nd. Visit to keep updated with news as more details become available.

Curry On is taking place July 18th and 19th in Rome. Visit to find out more and to register.

Full Stack Fest will be hold in Barcelona on September 5-9th. You can check out —to find out more and submit your paper too.

If you have a conference related to functional programming, contact me, and I will be happy to announce it.


About Bridget
How Bridget was exposed to Clojure
Why Clojure
“This [Lisp] is too simple”
Lessons applied to work in Java from learning Clojure
Value Objects
“Way more cognisant of state”
Like to see Java now with Java 8
Craig Andera on Episode 2
Clojure Bridge
Overview of what a Bridge is
Rails Bridge
Bridge Foundry
Difference in starting with beginners in programming vs beginners to Clojure
“For people who are new to programming […] it’s really easy to teach them functional programming principles”
Tips for getting started to exposing a Bridge to a new audience
Girl Develop It
Women Who Code
“Make sure to offer something and give something back”
Black Girls Code
National Society for Black Engineers
How Bridget got involved with the StrangeLoop conference
Sponsor people to go to conferences
Ruby Central
Hired Ashe Dryden to design scholarship program
Things that we might do that turns people off from the community
The “Smug LISP Weenie” problem
The “True Believer” club
Being introspective on how our reactions are perceived
“We are pushing people away”
“It’s just data”
StrangeLoop 2016
StrangeLoop CFP is open through May 9th, 2016
Opportunity Grants are open through May 16th, 2016
Registration opens early June
What kind of talks fit for StrangeLoop
Carin Meier’s talk on Chemical Computing
Carin Meier on Functional Geekery talking about her StrangeLoop talk
Valerie Aurora
Frame Shift Consulting
“Take a few minutes to think about how to make your language community more inclusive”

As always, a giant Thank You goes to David Belcher for the logo design.