The automotive industry joins tech in expanding the diversity of their leadership by announcing the first female CEO of a global automaker.
The following are excerpts from an interview with JPL Engineer Nagin Cox. She helped send the Curiosity Rover to Mars in August 2012.
By Sophia Viklund (Co-Founder, BackCode) & Esther Nam (Web Developer, Cars.com)
Nagin Cox joined Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in 1993 and has since served as a systems engineer and manager on multiple interplanetary robotic missions, including NASA/JPL’s Galileo mission to Jupiter, the Mars Exploration Rover Missions and
During the hackathon, we’re constantly evaluating whether “it’s worth it” on any given problem.
By Anna Billstrom (iOS & Facebook App Developer, Self)
The AT&T Hackfest was in Palo Alto. Sleepy, beautiful, affluent, diverse and yet economically not-diverse, Palo Alto, at the AT&T Foundry, a neat space with lots of power, sunlight, and (oddly, but great) random doors onto the street. I kind of love that place.
This is my story of how I almost won $20k.
By Hadiyah Mujhid (Co-Founder, Black Founders)
This weekend I participated in the AT&T Mobile HTML5 Hackathon. I had very mixed feelings in the beginning about my participation for multiple reasons.
The first reason in which I was against participating is because I have a number of uncompleted apps from previous hackathons that I have yet to complete, and I didn’t want another incomplete project. But the top prize was $20k.
The second reason in which I was against participating
How to convince a software engineer to join your early-stage tech startup.
By Edward Kim (Senior Engineer, Triptrotting)
Almost once a week, I get a random phone call, email, message, etc. It goes something like this: “Hey Eddie, I’ve got this million dollar idea. I just need a programmer to make it.”
Before I go on any further, if you’re an engineer, I’m sure this already sounds familiar to you.
“I checked and there’s nothing like this out there. It’s sort of like Facebook but better. It’s like Facebook meets Twitter meets Google! Well? What do you think? We’ll go 50/50 on this. You handle the programming, I handle the business side of things.”
Ruchi Sanghvi was an engineer at Facebook for five years, and was the only woman who was an original member of the team. Now she runs her own company, Cove. She discusses the difficulties and, ultimately, the rewards of being a woman in the tech industry.
When Ruchi Sanghvi arrived for her first job interview at Facebook’s headquarters, no one was there. She was undeterred. Impressed by the place, the people, and the product, which she had spent hours using as a student at Carnegie Mellon University, she became Facebook’s first female engineer, one of the first
By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)
Looking back 21 years ago I never would have fathomed I would have become a femgineer. At the age of eight, I had decided I was going to be a lawyer, writer, and professor, because I loved to read, write, and speak. I spent the next 10 years of my life working toward that goal. In elementary and middle school, I wrote short stories. In high school, I joined the debate team, and when it was time for college. I chose Duke because it has a really great law school.
So where did I get off course and decide to become an engineer, pursuing two majors (Electrical Engineering and
By Asmau Ahmed (Founder, color p.i.) My startup story begins long before color p.i. was chosen as one of a select few Astia clients, long before I built the technology, and certainly long before I wrote the business plan while I was at Columbia Business School. My story begins with years of unsuccessfully navigating cosmetic counters and aisle in search of colors to make me look my best. I would spend hours trying on makeup only to come home and realize that I didn’t like the colors. As an engineer and beauty enthusiast, I was compelled to address the problem with technology.