And by WiTs I mean Women in Technology! I am excited to announce a blog post series starting this Wednesday, celebrating women in technology. This series will feature women in technical roles or in roles at technology companies, including female professors, project managers at Microsoft, and women who run some of Canada’s best organizations for women in tech.
As a computer science student, I’m often one of 2-5 females in a 100+ person class. Many women are daunted by the idea, and that’s part of the reason our gender ratio is not improving – women don’t want to be the only women in the program, so they don’t join, so there are few women in the program. So what does it take to get more women into technical classes and jobs? In this series we’ll hear how women from a variety of technical positions answer that question. Personally, I think it takes exposure to technology and good role models. There’s strength in numbers, so if those of us who are in the industry already can reach out to those who are interested, maybe the fear of being the minority will be outweighed by the positivity we portray.
I chose to do a degree in computer science because I love technology. As I said in my post about the Living Computer Museum, I am proud to be a tech geek. Coding is a passion of mine because it’s so satisfying and rewarding to be able to turn letters and numbers into a functional program. To code is to make something out of nothing, and there’s an amazing power behind that. I was fortunate enough to be exposed to technology from a young age, and given the opportunity to explore all aspects of it, from gradeschool robotics with Lego Mindstorms to app development for real companies. I hope that more and more children of all ages, races and genders will be able to have the same opportunities in the near future.
I’m very excited to bring you this interview series. If you know someone who would like to be featured, or if you would like to be interviewed yourself, please don’t hesitate to send me a message! There’s room for all of us in our big webspace, so the more the merrier!