WiT of the Week: Sorey García

WiT of the Week: Sorey García

Sorey García is an architect and .net developer, on top of being the founder of Avanet, a virtual and open community aimed to generate professional projection and training mechanisms. Sorey lives in Medellin – Colombia, where she actively collaborates on the consolidation of communities by sharing her knowledge. Sorey leaves us a nice message inviting us not to desist! “Do not compare yourself to anyone, learn your own rhythm, establish your own challenges and overcome them. Devote your meaningful time to what you want to achieve and focus, but above all, be passionate on everything you do.”...
WiT of the Week: Pamela Fox

WiT of the Week: Pamela Fox

Pamela Fox has been a Product Engineer in Coursera and currently works in Khan Academy developing the Computer Science curriculum. She is very enthusiastic when sharing her knowledge, proof of that is her active participation San Francisco chapter of Girl Develop it! and several conferences   This is one of her recent presentations in the Fluent 2014: “Reading, Writing, Arithmetic,… and JavaScript?”...
WiT of the Week: Karen Catlin

WiT of the Week: Karen Catlin

  Karen Catlin has been on the software industry for nearly thirty years, and during her career she has committed to train up women to lead the technology industry. During her path in Adobe, where she became the Vice President, she founded “Adobe & Women”, an initiative that aims to attract, retain and provide opportunities for women during their professional careers.   Karen also has participated in TEDx with a talk called “The missing Force”. There, Karen reflects on the disproportion of women in the technological industry, on how along her professional career she has seen the index of feminine presence decrease and the paradigms that explain that fall: how considering that boys will innately like programming or playing with robots more than girls. The disproportion that Karen mentions is backed on real facts and data: 1. The first machines that were able to recognize voice failed when trying to recognize female voices 2. Automatic air bags failed because of miscalculation: they were designed for the average male height and weight. 3. It could be concluded that the most successful projects related to solving the lack of water in Africa were the ones where teams were multidisciplinary and inclusive with female participation. Karen calls anyone that can contribute on making the female participation in the industry increase: – Encourage the participation of girls and female teenagers in programs or initiatives related to robotics, teen hackathons or any programming classes. – If you are an educator or are related to education, raise awareness to address the intimidation factor – Encourage women to keep on going and build themselves a way in the world of technology Original post...
WiT of the Week: Rebecca Parsons

WiT of the Week: Rebecca Parsons

Rebecca Parsons is the Thoughtworks CTO (Chief Technology Officer), she has been working there for more than 15 years and is also a member of the Board of Directors in the Agile Alliance. Rebecca has more than 20 years of experience in the world of software development. She has created several publications on programming languages and artificial intelligence. She has a vast experience on leading the building of big-scale applications. Before joining Thoughworks she was a Computer Science teacher in the University of Central Florida where she taught subjects on compilers, programming optimization, distributed computing, programming languages, computational theory, machine learning y computational biology. You can check out the interview that Anita Borg Institute made to Rebecca here You can also watch Rebecca talking about Evolutionary Architecture Principles and Techniques Rebecca talking about the three pillars of Thoughtworks 1. Sustainable Business: having a profitable economic activity with the sufficiency of serving as a base for the other pillars. 2. Revolutionize the IT industry 3. Social Justice: influence on how businesses are...