After Barbie's latest shenanigans, Igloo decided it was time to put the spotlight on all the amazing ladies who are helping to build our platform. Here are their stories.
Much has been said about women in technology this week as a result of Barbie once again, letting down the female population (or more appropriately, humankind as a whole), with her glaring incompetence and ridiculously laughable antics.
It seems Barbie didn't get the modern-day memo that beauty is only half the package. I consider myself to be an intelligent female (in spite of my blonde locks *gasp*), and I haven't been so disappointed in my childhood friend since her 'math class is tough' debacle more than twenty years ago.
Barbie, it's time for you to step up your game because this most recent incident demonstrates that you've learned nothing, despite past criticisms around your self-deprecating misogyny. At Igloo, we're doing our part to thrive in the 21st century by valuing a lady's best asset: her brains. Is there more we can do? Absolutely!! But we're on the right track. I'm looking forward to the day when gender-based commentary need not exist but in the meantime, we want to highlight some of the women working to create and improve our platform because without them, there would be no Igloo.
Women are building Igloo
Jocelyn Oudesluys, Platform Developer
Jocelyn is on our platform team, writing the connective tissue for Igloo between our database and our front-end systems. We asked Jocelyn how she got into programming. "I started playing around with a Basic compiler I found when I was 11 or 12, but I kind of got away from it in high school. I had a course conflict, and on a whim took a computer science course. I really enjoyed it." Jocelyn went on to study Computer Science at the University of Guelph.
Dana Mohapl, Software Developer
Dana writes automated testing scripts to ensure every release we put out is rock solid. Dana's interest in programming started way before she moved to Canada, where she acquired a formal Computer Science education, on top of her combined Math & Physics degree, and ended up offering lectures on Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. At the time, automated testing was just starting. It is still a developing subject, but now it is broad and important enough to deserve a dedicated position. "You need to put so much emphasis on testing and automated testing as a developer, so now it's a dedicated role."
Alexandra Morun, Front-End & Platform Developer
Alex works with our clients to build solutions specifically for their needs, using our API to extend the Igloo platform. Alex finished a degree in Math at University of Waterloo and found her love of programming while taking Computer Science courses during her school terms. "I started up as a freelancer while I was in school, and built mostly PHP and Wordpress sites. I started to enjoy building websites, and wanted to learn more! You never truly stop learning as a web developer, and this is what keeps me going!"
Kayleen Mason, Front-End Developer
Sarah Luk Hill, Front-End Developer
Sarah is our newest developer, she implements customer requirements, like intranet customizations. "I started in marketing and fundraising for not for profits, watched the rise of the internet, and it was exciting. So I went back to school to become a web developer."
All the coding ladies put your hands up
We're proud to be part of a region that supports women in technology. University of Waterloo has a great engineering program that aims to increase female enrollment. Communitech is also doing its part by creating an inclusive environment and by facilitating excellent community events, like Girl Geeks, are helping to build a network for women in tech in our region.
There's more to life than fro-yo and pillow fights, but instead of bickering with Barbie, let's each do our part to build and maintain equality in tech.
Do you have the skills to make that ratio of female developers higher?! We're hiring.