1. What is your name?
2. Tell us your position and name of your company
I am the Founder and President of the Edinburgh University Women in Tech Conference, as well as of @yeahgirlscode, social media brand which influences girls to go into tech. I worked in politics and banking, but now I have just graduated, I focus on my passion: coding and building things. At the moment, I am mentoring the 80 children enrolled at the Boeing & ThinkYoung Summer School in Brussels for a week, as well as completing side projects before my Coding Bootcamp in Barcelona.
3. What’s on your schedule today?
I have some hard time waking up as I am the creative-night-owl kind of person. Therefore, I follow strict morning rituals to get started on the right foot: I drink two big glasses of water and lemon, listen to high-beat drums, visualize my goals for the day and mentally prioritise the tasks in the order I feel is realistic. I eat a lot in the morning, and stick to juice/smoothies throughout the day – it makes me feel more energized.
At the moment, I am mentoring the 80 children enrolled at the Boeing & ThinkYoung Summer School in Brussels for a week: from 9am to 5pm, I make an effort to motivate the 70% girls enrolled at all times, as I am aware they might be more likely to feel discouraged in the future, if things stay the same. At lunch, during breaks, and when I come back to the hotel, I dedicate all my attention to coding a side project, and coding homeworks due for my coding bootcamp’s pre-course. I get so absorbed, that I can end up going to bed quite late. I am addressing this with evening runs if the weather and place permits me: it balances me out and makes me listen to my body more. I love all what I do, so it’s a good day.
4. What was the last thing you googled?
“Art and VR”.
5. Which social platform do you prefer – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram and why?
Instagram! I love that there is an audience for everything, while making everything look cool and popular: I believe it’s a way to change mentality and perceptions of what is “cool” so teenagers could look at STEM accounts like role models, instead of, say, bikini models exclusively. It’s less personal than Facebook, so you can easily get started publicly and build a personal brand there. I liked Twitter in high school, but the lack of visual aesthetics bothers me – again, loving Instagram for that reason: a picture says so many words at once. Add the caption to it, and your content possibilities are endless.
6. Women in Tech – What does that term mean to you?
A new generation of visionary and empowered women who are not afraid to be themselves, and courageously break the stereotypes so to make life easier for the future female generations.
7. What is the one question you wish people would ask you?
Is ADHD bad / how to deal with ADHD? – It is not a bad thing. School was hard for me – I never could focus in a classroom, I learn and do things myself instead, and had the best grades that way. Same at university, and I can say that if you use this enormous amount of energy into your passion, you will lead an extra-ordinary, adventurous, successful life. If you accept yourself as you are, and learn to love yourself, ADHD becomes your best-friend and secret superpower.
8. What’s the key to good networking?
Be enthusiastic and passionate. Go towards people who resonate with your enthusiasm. The rest would be, I think, useless networking. Good vibes and energy multiply exponentially.
9. What opportunity does tech offer women?
Independence, ability to work remotely, confidence; a life full of possible travels, responsibilities and achievements. And, a “ticket” to be part of the amazing tech community, which is like an exclusive awesome family for tech folks 🙂 best part.
10. What’s the best advice your Mum has given you?
Learn first of all to love yourself, because if you don’t, you will endlessly waste your precious time asking the wrong questions and waiting on the wrong people.
11. What do you do to unwind?
I draw the buildings around me, sat on a bench.
12. Which learning resource (on or offline) would you recommend?
YouTube – not a basic answer: honestly, I paid many premiums on different websites, but none were as efficient as me building something and typing on YouTube exactly what I needed to know asap, and doing it.