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January 7: Women in Tech Weekly Issue 40

It’s officially 2020, a new year, a new decade even, and we’re back with more wonderful stories and brilliant resources from and for amazing women in our Women in Tech Weekly! I hope you had a great time during the holidays and I wish you only that you remain as awesome and inspiring as you are… Everything else, you’ll achieve yourself, because you’re a badass! ?

Hope you enjoy the read, and make sure to check out the submission form below, so next time, you can read about yourself ?

Featured Woman ?‍?

Karina and Nina Talks

Karina is the definition of a badass! By the age of 22, she has already managed to win countless competitions and challenges and created a name for herself in the sphere of UX in Brazil! How was she able to do it all? Because she doesn’t get scared of her ambitious goals and just goes for it. Follow her for a regular dose of inspiration and to learn more about UX and design!

Celebrations ??

Christina made a career change from Marketing to Development!

In her own words:

“I taught myself to code while working in Marketing full-time. This month, I accepted an offer for my first full-time software development job! This is a huge accomplishment for me since I’m self-taught. I’m nervous but really excited for this high-growth season!”

Exciting news! Coding has been a fun side hobby for me, but now it’s turning into something more. This month I accepted a position at my company as a software developer. 👩🏼‍💻 It’s such a crazy, rewarding feeling that I was able to teach myself such a complex and in-demand skill essentially on my own. And it feels so affirming that my company would see that and want to give me a chance—even though I have no experience or formal training. I have major impostor syndrome, and it feels like at any moment, someone will find out just how little I know and I’ll be kicked to the curb. But I know that I’m certainly not alone in that. Plus, I truly believe that “if you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” I’m so excited to start on this new career path, continuing to learn to code and build cool stuff. I start on January 13th, so wish me luck!!

A post shared by Christina ( on Dec 29, 2019 at 5:11pm PST

Magda won an Intel® Edge AI Scholarship Foundational course and got selected as one of a few student leaders!

In her own words:

“I won an Intel® Edge AI Scholarship Foundational Udacity course! New year, new skills, can’t wait to start learning ??‍? Also, I got selected as one of a few student leaders for the 10k+ community! ?”

Tomorrow is my last day working at my current company and the main thing I'm doing right now is handing over my projects to other people AND working on documentation. 👩🏻‍💻 ⁣ ⁣ One of the main skills any developer should have is to be able to 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐝𝐞 to others ❗Remember that 𝐜𝐨𝐝𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐡𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐬 👯 ⁣ ⁣ Commenting is an additional tool that a developer can choose to use or not. For me, 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐝𝐞. What do you think? ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ 📸@digitalwandering #programming #python #coding #datascientist #developer #datascience #girlsinstem #womeninstem #stemgirls #geekgirl #digitalnomadgirls #digitalnomadlife #techinfluencer #travelingprogrammer #polishgirl #coder #codergirl #womenwhocode #womenintech #techlife #techgirl #techinfluencer #developer #devgirl #developers #geek #careergoals #newjob

A post shared by Magda | Data Scientist (@travelingprogrammer) on Dec 10, 2019 at 5:20am PST

Anto started making YouTube videos!

In her own words:

“Was feeling called to create new things in 2020 and share what life at university for Computer Science will be like starting this semester.”

I wanted to take the chance to reflect on one thing that we sometimes forget to be thankful for. ⁣Our body. ⁣ As you may already know, I'm a big fan of self-care, and a huge proponent of leading a healthy lifestyle within a field that can often go against that if we don't put in the extra effort. But something I haven't touched upon much is 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐰𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐞𝐬. ⁣ ⁣ Growing up as women in this world, we are bombarded with subliminal and direct messages about how our bodies are not good enough, not skinny enough, not curvy enough, not sexy enough, and so on and so forth. They tell us to hate our bodies, to starve them, to call them ugly names in our minds and out-loud, and to spend money on their products to make it all better. But 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐈 𝐡𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐦𝐲 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲, 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐢𝐬 𝐌𝐘 𝐇𝐎𝐌𝐄? ⁣ ⁣ Many years ago I made a silent pact with my body that I would 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘪𝘵 through all its fluctuations, and that I would 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘪𝘵 from all the companies and industries that are trying to turn me against it. Because 𝘪𝘧 𝘐'𝘮 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘵, 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭? ⁣ ⁣ My body does so much for me. It allows me to run, to enjoy floating in the ocean, it puts up with my obsession with sitting in front of a computer and coding for hours, it doesn't give up on me no matter how much it wants to when I force it through yet another hackathon, and it does so many other things for me that I'm not even aware of. ⁣ ⁣ All our bodies do. No matter how we may treat them, they are still there for us. So today I want to be grateful for that. Because being kind to our body is a major part of leading a balanced life, being a productive individual, and achieving all our goals in a healthy manner. ⁣ ⁣ I am glad to see companies like @trueandco which are going against the grain and putting and end to the toxic messaging that is being delivered to consumers. And I am proud to join the #𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐞𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 movement. ⁣ ⁣ Happy thanksgiving to my friends in the US. I don't celebrate Thanksgiving but I'll take any chance to practice some gratitude😏😉🌿✨

A post shared by anto || CS student (@thatcodingyogi) on Nov 28, 2019 at 4:45pm PST

Natasha published her work in Nature journal!

In her own words:

“We got a Nature paper published a couple of days ago. The paper is very meaningful in the field of AI and medicine.”

A post shared by @ blonde_ai on Dec 28, 2019 at 1:44pm PST

Jenny registered her company!

Codenbyte LLC is an official company now!!

This is huge, Jenny, congratulations! We are all so excited for you and very proud of you. Can’t wait to see what you get up to with it!

In programming I learned the most when I encounter problems I have never seen before. And what do I and 99% of programmers do? We start from square one, search for answers on Google, Stackoverflow, YouTube, articles, blog posts, etc., And that is how we grow 🌱 as programmers In life there is no difference, for as long as I could remember, I’ve always tried my best to GROW through life instead of GO through it. I am so grateful for the opportunities that I had to GROW through. It felt terrible when I was in there, but the lessons I extracted from them were invaluable. Today’s #bytesized #tips are: 1. Sh*t will hit the fan, have a little faith that it’ll all workout at the end. 2. Don’t go through life like you don’t have control over it. If you feel stuck, find a way to unstuck yourself. We do that all the time in programming 😉 3. Take some time to reflect. See if you can extract lessons and meaning from your “failures”

A post shared by Jenny | Software Engineer (@codenbyte) on Dec 22, 2019 at 9:15am PST

Eden celebrated her 27th birthday!

Happy Birthday, you beautiful human!! ? May this new year bring you joy, lots of wonderful moments with people you love and new heights in all aspects of life!

A post shared by Eden Adler | Software Engineer (@edenadler) on Jan 3, 2020 at 8:46am PST

Resources ?‍?

2020 Resolution Or Vision? – created and shared by Sepideh

Sepideh says:

“I believe it helps people to rethink goal setting for the new decade and makes them do it in a more effective and more achievable way!”

Amazing progress in medical technology that could help so many women in the future!

A wonderful video by Anto reminding us that our perfectionism gets in the way of progress!

5 Ways Women can support Fellow Female Entrepreneurs – created and shared by me 🙂

Diversity is vital in any industry, that goes without saying. Ideally, all groups should be equally represented in every aspect of life and business, however, in reality, that’s not always the case. According to a study by Crunchbase, in 2017 only 17% of the startups globally had at least one female founder. This is quite depressing in my opinion, there should be more female entrepreneurs.

So what’s the best way to bridge that gap?

Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below and if you’d like to share something for next week’s issue, here’s the submission form!! Bookmark that and add anything you’d like to share in there ?

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