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.)

Originally from Pennsylvania in the United States, Olivia, currently working as a visual designer, spent her teenage years in New York and recently moved to San Francisco where her love for technology continued to grow. We talk fashion, games and her love for photography.

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Lina is a facilitator and collaboration designer, and the Chief of Getting Things Done (COO) at Code For Australia. I ask Lina about some of the issues in technology today, and you’ll be very intrigued by her answers, which are insightful and far from predictable.

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Another year, another series of awesome women in tech. Today’s interviewee is PHP/WordPress developer Jem Turner, also a fitness enthusiast, mother of two, and always up for a good time.

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Cat is a development manager based in Texas, who majored in computer science before making software development a full-time job. We talk about healthy company culture and how working for a big company may not be right for everyone.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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. ✨

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