February 25: Women in Tech Weekly Issue 47

Another Tuesday, another dose of inspiration ? As always, we have some amazing stories from truly wonderful women, as well as highly useful resources for anyone interested in tech, however, this time I wanted to share something else as well…

I had the unpleasant experience of someone trying to hack me. It is terrible, and it could happen to anyone, so I wanted to share the story of what happened and hopefully help you protect yourself. Stay safe out there while you’re leaving your mark.

If you have a story to share that you think could help or motivate others, or you just want to spread the joy of your accomplishments, make sure to check out the submission form below, and I’ll see you next Tuesday ?

Featured Woman ?‍?

Shylia Yvonne

Shylia is such a beautiful soul and an absolute badass! Her transition into tech started around 3-4 years ago through a Snapchat program and since then she has become a role model for many of us. She is breaking stereotypes, combining tech with arts and showing us how to have a good time while having a big open heart.

Learn about Shylia’s story here!

Celebrations ??

Oksana is celebrating her first week at a new job!

In her own words:

“I moved to Finland and started a new job.”




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First working week 🎉 Finally Friday… it was hard week actually. Mostly mentally and emotionally 🤯. So many people and information which don’t get to one complete system in my head. I hate to change job and do it only if there’s big reason for that. It’s a process which requires a lot of resources from you and all people around – colleagues, family and friends who’re supporting you. I usually have a lot of stress about it. Usually I have emotional swings from total euphoria to total regrets about whole my life 😅. Fortunately, afternoon I got positive feedback about my onboarding week from team-mates. At the end of the day Smartly.io makes opened demo and developers have beer 🍻 hour. Actually, it creates real Friday mood and makes you feel relaxed. And even some dogs 🐶 come on Friday to support their buddies. Good tradition! // Наконец-то пятница🎉! Это была непростая неделя. Особенно в эмоциональном плане и в плане умственной нагрузки. Так много новой информации и людей, которые никак не складываются в целостную систему в моей голове 🤯. Вообще, ненавижу процесс смены работы. Это слишком ресурсозатратный процесс не только для меня самой, но также для коллег и семьи и друзей, которые поддерживают меня. У меня всегда огромный стресс по этому поводу. Обычно в этот момент, мои эмоции скачут от эйфории до трагических сожалений о всем моем жизненном пути от начала до конца 😅. К счастью, вечер пятницы может многое исправить. Так, я получила позитивный фидбек о моей первой неделе. В конце дня Smartly устраивает открытую демо-сессию, куда могут приходить и люди «с улицы», а у разработчиков «час пива». Ещё по пятницам даже собаки 🐶 приходят в офис, чтобы поддержать своих хозяев. Отличная традиция!

A post shared by Oksana Firtych (@firtyok) on Feb 21, 2020 at 9:26am PST

Margarita will be speaking at a conference!

In her own words:

“I was accepted as a speaker to 3 tech conferences this spring: HolyJS, React Vienna, React Finland.”




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All in all, #functionalprogramming is a set of paradigms, some of them of them are more simple, some of them are incredibly complex. In order to understand some, you do need to understand #categorytheory and #lambdacalculus Yet, nothing prevents you from incorporating good practices from FP into your code already today! You are in this industry for a long time and you will eventually understand it better! #nodejsdeveloper #applicationarchitecture #functionaldomainmodelling #lambda #womenwhocode #womenincomputerscience #womenintech #programmer #codergirl PS: the photographer is @daru_ontheroad ♥️♥️♥️

A post shared by Margarita | Programmer (@riittagirl) on Feb 7, 2020 at 12:38am PST

Amber’s talk proposal for Women in Data Science SLC was accepted!

In her own words:

“At this free event, I will be talking about how to find machine learning models that deliver business value.”




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My favorite conference of 2019 was Women in Data Science SLC, this year I will be attending as a speaker!🤯 I am so excited to get together as a group of data professionals to share our ideas and be inspired! 💻 Any advice for a first time speaker? P.S. If you haven't signed up yet the link is in my bio, & IT is a free event!

A post shared by Amber Rae Toro (@amberraetoro) on Feb 23, 2020 at 9:18am PST

Roxana held her first webinar!

In her own words:

“??‍?? This Saturday I had the pleasure to give my first webinar ? -> Creating iOS Augmented Reality Experiences with AR Quick Look for the WWCode Mobile Community.”




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👩🏼‍💻 🌍 Yesterday I had the pleasure to give my first webinar 🎉 -> Creating iOS Augmented Reality Experiences with AR Quick Look for the @wwcodemobile Community. Thanks everybody for attending! 🙌 ❔One of the most asked question I get when talking about AR is: Why AR and not VR? Of course, VR has its own advantages, there are many things you will only be able to achieve with a complete immersive experience. But if there is something that can have the same impact in AR or VR, here are my 2 “golden” arguments: 1. Reachability -> There are 3.5 Billion smartphone users in the world today, which means 3.5 Billion people with AR capable devices in their pockets. For VR you will need a VR headset, how many people do you know that own one? 2. Connecting back with our surroundings -> In the metro or at the table having dinner with our family we are constantly looking at our phones. AR has the amazing opportunity to make us interact with our surroundings thought technology. A great example is of course the famous Pokemon Go which took kids out of their rooms to play outside. Do you agree? 😊

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Mikaela is celebrating a milestone!

In her own words:

“I released my first app onto the App Store after 6 failures, the 7th one was the one that passed! Link to it here.”




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Hey look ma, I made it 🎉 . I officially have an app on the App Store! . It took 6 rejections, but that 7th submission was the one! . Yes it’s a simple trivia app, but that’s okay. This is only the beginning. . Any feedback is appreciated 🙂 . Rating it on the App Store as well can help others find the app (cause it’s struggling with search terms lol). . Link in bio (@mikaelacaron ) . . . #buildUpDevs #codeLife #developerspace #digitalNomad #girlBehindTheHustle #iOS #iOSDev #iOSDeveloper #learnToCode #lifeOfADeveloper #myDevJourney #myDevLife #softwaredeveloper #swift #thedevlife #womenInTech #womenWhoCode #worldcode #heylookmaimadeit #firstApp • via @SmarthashApp

A post shared by Mikaela Caron | iOS Developer🦄 (@mikaelacaron) on Feb 14, 2020 at 8:04am PST

Sohini got engaged to her best friend!

In her own words:

“Congratulations, Sohini! That is so exciting, may this journey together be filled with love, laughter and all sorts of positive emotions ?”




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Engaged to my best friend 💍💛 • • • • • • • #2.17.20 #engagementphotos #engaged #engagementring #engagement #blog #lifestyle #couple #scenery #coders #lifeisbeautiful #utah #lifestyleblog

A post shared by Sohini Khatua (@codingandtraveldiary) on Feb 19, 2020 at 8:45am PST

Resources ?‍?

GHC Scholar Application Tips from a former scholar + reviewer – created and shared by Kaylee

Kaylee says:

“If you’re a student applying for the GHC Scholar application check out my tips on how to make your application stand out! I was a former scholar and now review applications for AnitaB.org.”

Lost motivation? 3 tips to recover it – created by Alex

A wonderful article by Alex that takes you through a 3-step process on how you can get your motivation back. A must-read if you feel like you’re lacking in that department.

Things I wish I knew when I was starting to program – created by Bia

Wonderful tips by Bia, that will be super useful for anyone thinking about starting to code!

Somebody Tried to Hack Me – created and shared by me

Somebody tried to hack me last week and I have to say it wasn’t the most fun 48 hours. I want to tell you the story of this brute attack on my WordPress blog, what I did to protect myself and how you can too!

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below and if you’d like to share something for next week’s issue,