Amy Simmons is an Australian ex-journalist, now a software engineer currently based in London, where she is working for Twitter. I ask Amy about her experiences moving and her love for travel, as well as supporting other women in the tech community.
Category: Hey Girlfriend!
After two years of seemingly non-stop interviews every two weeks during 2014 and 2015, my interview series 2 minutes and 40 seconds took a hiatus in 2016. I decided to put it down indefinitely, and introduced Hey Girlfriend!, an interview series which relates to a movement that is very close to my heart: that of women working in tech – in information technology, with computers, with computer science, or with science in general. Anything that pertains to a woman basically going against the stereotype and doing what society believes to be a “man’s job” (newsflash: it’s not a man’s job).
I have been working as a web developer in the industry for about six years. It’s no new news that I love what I do, because I talk and write about it all the time and have great passion for the things I build and develop and code. I spoke about my journey becoming a web developer, and how I never thought it was unusual that a girl was working with computers until someone pointed it out. To this day, I have noticed a shortage of women working in tech, and I have often been the only girl in my company or team.
I love to encourage more women out there to learn to code or get involved in programming and with computers, and Hey Girlfriend! aims to do just that. I will be interviewing women from all around the globe, of varying ages, who work in tech.
Interviews are posted on the fourth Tuesday of every month. In 2018 they will be posted on the last Tuesday of the month. (Note that there was a small inconsistency with interviews between August and November 2017.)
Nicole Dominguez is a user interface designer and front-end developer. I first knew about her around 2008 or 2009, and was impressed with her design and development skills. She spent some time being a digital nomad and getting involved in the web community, and her bright personality and great attitude are very inspiring. She’s got a lot to say, so grab a coffee for this one!
This month I interview the ever-inspiring Pauline, a biomedical science student with a wide range of interests and passions outside of her study. At just 21 (though age is just a number!) she is a role model to many young girls and always striving to be the best person she can be.
This month I am interviewing Mandy, who hails from Perth. She loves Batman, but has also done amazing things like creating split emoji, speaking at conferences and meetups, and running a few meetups too.
If you’ve ever wondered who the real Sailor Mercury is, Amy Wibowo comes pretty dang close. She’s got the name, the looks, the personality, and certainly the brains of Sailor Mercury. But above all, she’s a kickass woman in the tech industry with a wealth of experience and inspiration to share. ✨
I talk to my long-time friend Holly about her career in web development following studying a geography degree, her hobbies and interests outside of web development, and how she has grown through blogging.
In the years I’ve known Cami, I always knew her to be a dedicated, hard-working and ambitious person. She is currently studying at Boise State university and working as a machine learning intern at HP Labs. Over the years, she has become involved with public speaking, a team lead for an undergraduate research NASA program, and a mentor for organisations such as Black Girls Code.
I chat to one of my girlfriends, Monica, about career paths; the way women are treated; making the world a more accessible place; and just roughing it out in life.
The first interviewee of the Hey Girlfriend! series is Seren Davies, and I talk to her about icon fonts, nail art and her aspirations for the year!
After two years of seemingly non-stop interviews every two weeks, my interview series 2 minutes and 40 seconds took a hiatus last year. I‘m putting it down indefinitely, and introducing a new series called Hey Girlfriend!, which relates to a movement that is very close to my heart. I’m very excited to announce it…