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March 3: Women in Tech Weekly Issue 48

Another Women in Tech Weekly Issue, with more amazing women and great resources is here! Read the stories for your weekly dose of inspiration and motivation! Hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy making it ๐Ÿ™‚

Donโ€™t forget to share your story for the next one! Make sure to check out the submission form below, and Iโ€™ll see you next Tuesday ๐Ÿ™‚

Featured Woman ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ’ป

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 โ€“ 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 โ€œLauren Learns Thingsโ€. This girl never stops and itโ€™s so inspiring!

Learn about Laurenโ€™s story here!

Celebrations ๐Ÿฅ‚๐ŸŽ‰

Sundas won an award at Google!

In her own words:

โ€œI won an award at my new job at Google. I started at google 2 months ago and Iโ€™m beyond excited to bring home an award. I gave a talk in front of 150 googlers, the talk ended with a standing ovation, following many kudos, fester in org level newsletter and an award.โ€




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Happy Friday! My plan for today is to eat, work, repeat and leave office a bit early to enjoy the beautiful sun in Seattle โœจ What are your plans for the weekend? I plan to spend most of it with family and bit of Sunday to speak at #ghc20 webinar hosted by PWiC.

A post shared by Sundas | Breaking Stereotypes (@sundaskhalidd) on Feb 21, 2020 at 7:08am PST

Nikitaโ€™s team won the first place in the IBM Blue Hackathon!

Nikita and her team (the only all-female team in that hackathon!) worked on a project bridging the communication gap between those who use American Sign Language and those who donโ€™t understand it. They trained a TJBot named Helen to recognise that sign alphabet and translate it into English, saying the words out loud.

This is too cool, Nikita! Thank you for sharing that project in your post and inspiring so many women all over the world. Iโ€™m incredibly proud of you and of team โ€œNASASโ€ ๐Ÿฅฐ




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๐—™๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—•๐—  ๐—•๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ป๐Ÿฅ‡ . . In 2017, BlueHack the first 72hr virtual hack-a-thon held by IBM. A total of 77 teams from 20 different IBM sites around the US competed in 4 different categories. Competing against PHD and Graduate Level university students from MIT, Purdue, Cornell, Georgia Tech, UC Berkeley. . Shonda Witherspoon, Shalisha Witherspoon, Alice Song, Aditi Agarwal, and myself were members of โ€œTeam NASAS.โ€ Our team consisted of five women (the only all-female team to compete in the hack-a-thon), where we chose to compete in the IoT + TJBot challenge . We were inspired by the main characters in the movie โ€œHidden Figures,โ€ NASA Employees Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Katherine Johnson. Women of color who were essential to the success of the first mission launch, hence our team name โ€œNASASโ€ (Nikita-Alice-Shonda-Aditi-Shalisha). . For the project, we decided to use the TJBot to translate the manual alphabet (American Sign Language) to build a bridge of communication between those who understand ASL and those who do not. In order to do this, they trained the TJBot named Helen (in honor of Helen Keller), to learn the manual alphabet through Watson Visual Recognition services, and then translate and speak each spelled word with Watson Text to Speech services. . Our team had differences in experience, where we come from, level of education, backgrounds in engineering, and what was the only commonality? I proudly say, this team of young female student engineers who wish to be the representation in STEM across the board . #Diversity #WomenInStem #IBM #hackathon #ibmwatson #ibmresearch #womenofcolor #womenengineers#womenofcolor #womenengineers

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Anisa has launched her podcast, โ€œNo Starving Artistโ€!

The first episode is an introduction to Anisaโ€™s mission and her creative background. It also talks about how you can claim your creativity and that youโ€™re an artist. The message is incredibly empowering, so make sure you give it a listen!

Congratulations, Anisa! Very excited to follow your thoughts about creativity in this format โค๏ธ I love your message and very grateful that youโ€™re sharing it with the world!




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My first podcast baby was born ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ Link in bio! Listen on @anchor.fm @spotify or others. This first episode is โ€œWhen To Claim The โ€œArtistโ€ Title.โ€ In it I introduce this podcastโ€™s mission (also swipe for a taste), walk you through my creative upbringing, and leave you with questions to tap into the artist in you. Grateful to share myself with you, kind humans! Also, help me spread the word. Please share and tell a friend! Appreciate you โ˜๏ธโค๏ธโœจ#CreativeWellness #SelfCareSunday

A post shared by ANISA | CREATIVE WELLNESS (@anisabenitez) on Mar 1, 2020 at 1:58pm PST

Alex got an interview with Pandora Radio!

Congratulations and good luck girl! Hard work always pays off ๐Ÿ’ช Weโ€™re all cheering for you!

Regardless of the outcome, this is a wonderful step in your awesome career!




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A T L A N T A โœจ here I come (after a long application process) for my interview with Pandora Radio, feeling excited and blessed for the opportunity ๐Ÿ˜ . . . #xcode #womenintech #womenintechnology #girlsintech #lgbtintech #swiftprogramming #appdeveloper #appdesign #appdev #ios13 #mobiledeveloper #dev_girls #codinggirls #programmer #macbookpro #coder #selflove #lgbtq๐ŸŒˆ #100daysofcode

A post shared by Alex Rhodes (@alexcodes.io) on Feb 29, 2020 at 8:01am PST

Lauren has started her live coding series on Twitch: โ€œLauren Learns Thingsโ€!

Itโ€™s a channel dedicated to learning from experts and building cool things with tech ๐Ÿ˜Ž

This is such a cool initiative, Lauren! Congratulations on launching this! Very excited to see what you get up to with this series and also to watch you build things live!




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