Whether you’re interested in tech or engineering, here are six individuals who have achieved some remarkable feats.
Tag Archive: Women Engineers
Women 2.0 talks to Alaina Percival of Women Who Code, which puts on hundreds of events per year to help engineers advance their careers.
Even though I was one of the less experienced people there, there was always something I could contribute to. If I thought of a feature for our app but didn’t entirely know how to implement it, I could always find the help I needed.
By Catherine Stevens (Contributing Writer, UnCollege)
Last month, I attended my first hackathon, Everyone Hacks, in San Francisco. Prior to that, I had had a little computer science experience, but I had never done any “real” coding:
Sample size matters.
By Tess Rinearson (Sophomore, Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science)
“This Marine Infantry Course Proved Too Much For Its First Two Women Applicants.”
“Female Lieutenants Flunk Marine Corps’ Fierce Infantry Training.”
“Second Female Marine Fails Grueling Infantry Officer Course.”
Since 2009, the number of female undergraduates majoring in CS at Stanford has increased 9.5%. The introductory course has reached gender parity.
By Billy Gallagher (Writer, TechCrunch)
“Dude, I think that girl sitting in front of us is a CS major.”
“Nah, look at that glittery shit in her hair.”
Bonnie McLindon, a junior computer science major at Stanford University, fumes as she works in CS 103, her hardest class
There’s a focus at Hacker School to ship. People will ask you about what you build every week. You get to ship and tell people about it.
By Jane Wang (Hacker, Etsy)
Women who are interested in programming and computer science should be encouraged to take the leap in the new year and apply to Hacker School now. The application is open until Tuesday, January 1 at 11:59pm EST.
Here are 5 reasons why you should apply
Stories of pair programming and female bonding told at the Hackbright Girl Geek Dinner last week.
Code Camp is Square’s immersion program for women engineers.
By Jude Komuves (VP People, Square)
Square started with three engineers in an apartment. Three years later, we’ve grown to over 400 people and helped over 2 million individuals and businesses get started and grow their business with our tiny credit card reader.
Great ideas can come from anywhere, which is why we’ve worked to build a culture at Square that encourages
The key point is to network really well and understand all the different pieces that compile together to result in your final review.
By Rupa Dachere (Founder, CodeChix & Software Engineer, VMware)
Your annual review – everyone’s favorite topic… One of the most difficult and stress-inducing issues in our industry is understanding how you are going to be evaluated. It is more of an art than a science, which makes it a bigger hurdle for logical-minded developers.
First off, setting concrete goals for each quarter
“The word ‘engineering’ sounds intimidating and nerdy and technical. There’s just so much more to it – I’m trying to make it more accessible.” – Goldieblox founder Debra Sterling.
By Amy-Willard Cross (Editor, Vitamin W)
Goldieblox is poised for a happy ending. With this new toy, girls may have a happy ending too: “She became an engineer and built things that helped people, and they all lived happily ever after.”
There’s a known female engineering deficit; women make up just 11% of the profession. It’s a problem
If you are a young girl in tech, realize that you will be different, accept that, but don’t expect others to change for you.
By Frances Advincula (Software Engineer, Accenture)
I was at a party my Filipino family friends threw for my twenty-first birthday last weekend when one of the younger kids asked me how I became such a young successful professional.
The term “successful” is debatable, I would say, but I nevertheless decided to write down some of the lessons I’ve learned
Software engineer Tracy Chou answers the Quora question “What are some particularly female engineer-friendly companies to work for in San Francisco?”
By Tracy Chou (Software Engineer, Pinterest)
It’s the first place, in school or professionally, that I’ve not been aware or made aware of my gender, ever, in any situation. I don’t feel like a female engineer.
I’m just an engineer, and I’m expected and empowered to do great work like every other engineer on the team.
The fact that computer science is ill-suited in preparing new engineers to enter the workforce opened the door for so-called ‘hacker academies’ to pick up the slack.
By Christian Fernandez (Co-Organizer, Hackbright Academy)
As I had grown into the role of technical lead in an engineering organization, I found that I spent significantly less time programming, and more time debugging other people’s problems. Oddly enough, this doesn’t involve protracted hours poring over code; most of the time problems can be solved by having someone ask the obvious questions. Here’s an example.
Engineeer: We have a problem! The server won’t talk to the database! I tried rolling back to an older API and everything!
Me: Is the database machine up?
DigiDay reported earlier this year that RadiumOne has 50% women in engineering.
RadiumOne is hosting a XHack Hackathon this June 8-10 in San Francisco, CA. They will be bringing together the best API’s in photo, video, audio and social to enable the hackers to have free reign to create the most exciting new hacks. “Hack to the Future” encourages you to dress like the iconic characters and have fun with the theme. There will be prizes, entertainment and contests that even Doc Brown would appreciate.
Developers and designers in the photo, video, audio, mobile and social space that want to build a cool hack are welcome.
Here are awesome women developers who will be speaking at O’Reilly Fluent Conference (May 29-31 in SF).
By Sarah Allen (Founder, Blazing Cloud)
The O’Reilly Fluent Conference 2012 in San Francisco on May 29-31 has an incredible line up of speakers. The conference is generously supporting DexChix and other community projects with booth space. Come join us!
Sarah Mei, Pivotal engineer, Disapora contributor, and co-founder of RailsBridge will be sharing her insight on Backbone.js:
Michael Jackson’s lyrics decoded to the tune of entrepreneurship.
By Heather McGough (Founder, Urbanity Events)
I’ve recently interviewed developers from all over the Bay Area to ask them why they chose to take the leap and join risky, early-stage startup companies.
While each person had his/her own story to share, I heard common themes clear as melodies. Since many of us tend to have Michael Jackson in constant rotation, I decided to share what I’ve learned via the lyrics of the Moonwalk-ing King of Pop, and describe the virtues of choosing this Thriller-packed road of entrepreneurship.
“The rise of the brogrammer joke and its ensuing backlash has some benefits: It helps talented women choose worthy employers, it gives a name and face to a problem that plagues the industry and it publicly shames some of the most sexist offenders.”
By Gina Trapani (Founder, ThinkUp)
In 1999, Google’s Marissa Mayer almost didn’t take the job at the all-male startup because there were more women at another firm that made her an offer. If Mayer had just graduated from college today with offers from two equally compelling startups – one all-male and one not – it’s clear which one she would choose.
If you write software for a living and you’re located in Silicon Valley, you have your pick of employment options at an array of tech startups – yes, even in this economy. When a recruiter’s pitch is: “Wanna bro down and crush some code?” – like San Francisco-based Klout’s was – you get a sense of what that company is looking for.
Etsy wants to hire 20 women engineers, starts by providing scholarships to Hacker School for women.
By Marc Hedlund (VP Engineering, Etsy)
Today, in conjunction with Hacker School, Etsy is announcing a new scholarship and sponsorship program for women in technology: we’ll be hosting the summer 2012 session of Hacker School in the Etsy headquarters, and we’re providing ten Etsy Hacker Grants of $5,000 each — a total of $50,000 — to women who want to join but need financial support to do so.
Our goal is to bring 20 women to New York to participate, and we hope this will be the first of many steps to encourage more women into engineering at Etsy and across the industry.
A femgineer discusses the Silicon Valley and women in engineering.
By Carla Rover (Contributing Writer, Digiday)
Since Digiday published a story earlier this week on the lack of women in leadership roles at advertising technology companies, we have heard back from many in the industry. Some have agreed with our findings and the root cause of the issue, while others have disputed that it’s an issue altogether.
In order to bring some more clarity to the issue, Digiday polled 10 leading ad tech firms to find two things: