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Lauren Lee and We Belong Here: Lessons from Unconventional Paths to Tech

Lauren is such a bright and bubbly person! Her content is always incredibly positive and funny (in the best kind of way – very, very sarcastic). She is a wonderful human with a powerful message: that everyone belongs in tech, no matter what their background or path is!

And guess what, she has just launched a Twitch channel to help you learn coding with her, called “Lauren Learns Things”. This girl never stops and it’s so inspiring!

Follow Lauren Lee on social media and learn about her story below!

About Lauren Lee

I a Developer Educator at Nexmo, the Vonage API. My podcast shares stories about the different paths people have taken to enter the tech industry and chatting about the skills they learned in their prior jobs, schooling, or life experiences & how they apply them to their current roles in tech.

I wanted to document how effin' STOKED I was to open up my new #WeBelongHere podcast stickers… But SHOCKER, it turned into a Cub🐶 photo shoot #sorrynotsorry ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But regardless. Let it be said: We DO belong here. In tech, in coding, in everywhere really💪 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ && I’m beyond excited to share these lil sticker cuties with the world. HMU if your 💻 or 🥤could use the reminder, encouragement, extra love! 💖💖 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And of course be sure to listen/subscribe to the pod. (link in my bio, duh) b/c that’s always a fun thing too, ya know!? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

A post shared by Lauren Lee (@lolocoding) on Jan 13, 2020 at 4:27pm PST

How did you get into tech?

I attended the incredible program, Ada Developers Academy, in Seattle. It is a tuition-free, year-long coding boot camp for women and gender diverse folk here in Seattle. I am all about celebrating those who have come to tech via unconventional routes. I host a podcast that aims to interview career changers & folks that are diversifying the tech industry.

What languages/technologies do you have the most experience in?

React, Node, all things JavaScript, Ruby, and Python

What are you currently learning/practising?

Teaching myself more Python

What are your favourite resources to learn/stay updated on tech?

Udemy and PluralSight

A post shared by Lauren Lee (@lolocoding) on May 5, 2019 at 4:12pm PDT

What would people learn about by following you?

They would learn about the podcast, We Belong Here and other stories of folks who have entered tech via unconventional routes.

What inspired you to start sharing your experiences on social media?

I want to cultivate a community of supportive individuals who are diversifying tech.

How can we get in touch with you?

Twitter or Instagram

A post shared by Lauren Lee (@lolocoding) on Mar 1, 2019 at 6:45pm PST

Lightning round

iPhone or Android?


Dogs or cats?


What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?

any and ALL

What’s the next place you want to travel to?


How many hours of sleep do you need to get to feel like yourself?


What is your superpower?

contagious enthusiasm

I can definitely tell you’re a dog person, Lauren! Me too and I hope I get to have a cuddle session with your pup one day – while having a coffee with you 😉

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