Written by Sapphire Duffy
Sapphire Duffy is an Associate AI Engineer at Kainos and the Director of Women Who Code Belfast. In this edition of Engineer to Engineer, Sapphire meets with Huiming Qu, Senior Director of Search & Recommendation & Data Science at The Home Depot, to discuss adapting to changing technology, staying productive, and the importance of diversity and inclusivity in the workforce.
Can you tell me about working as a technical leader at Home Depot?
I lead a product management and data science team at The Home Depot that supports onsite search, recommendations, and personalization for the company’s digital channels and other data-related aspects of the business. …
Written by WWCode HQ
Mentor-led learning platform and world’s largest women-in-tech nonprofit to offer scholarships for women pursuing in-demand coding and data science careers
San Francisco, CA — December 17, 2020 — Springboard, the pioneer of mentor-led online learning, today announced a partnership with Women Who Code, an international nonprofit dedicated to empowering women in technology, to introduce the Springboard/Women Who Code scholarship program. Ten scholarships worth $1,000 each will be awarded to women looking to enroll in Springboard’s mentor-guided online courses in software engineering, data science, and machine learning.
Springboard’s cutting-edge programs match students with mentors and industry experts working at some of tech’s biggest employers, including Apple, Google, Uber, and Salesforce. Each curriculum is specifically designed to meet the current demands of the industry, including up-to-date tools and programs, and career-related coursework. Students apply these concepts in a hands-on, end-to-end manner that mirrors a professional environment. Springboard data science and coding graduates have landed jobs at Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Amazon, Dell, and Reddit. …
Written by Cecelia Martinez
Technically, an API is any application programming interface. Many people describe an API like a counter at a deli — you use the API to make requests and receive responses (hopefully containing what you ordered!).
Written by Naomi Freeman
In this edition of Engineer to Engineer, Natasha Malik, Senior Manager at Ernst & Young LLP (EY), was gracious enough to sit down with WWCode Leadership Fellow Naomi Freeman to discuss navigating a struggling job market, leadership, and staying present.
How long have you been with EY, and what does your role entail?
I’ve worked at Ernst & Young for 12 years as part of the data and analytics division. I lead data transformation programs and have helped financial services clients modernize their data ecosystem in order to achieve business objectives.
How did you get involved with EY? …
Written by Archana Vaidheeswaran
Left to Right: Diana Lease, Jolene Langlinais, and Archana Vaidheeswaran
In this edition of Engineer to Engineer, Archana Vaidheeswaran, Leadership Fellow at WWCode and Artificial Intelligence Engineer at Continental, sat down with Jolene Langlinais and Diana Lease from Clause to discuss their company’s involvement with Accord Project, why open source contributions are valuable ways to break into tech, and how individual open source communities can be more inclusive.
*Diana’s dialogue is in standard font, Jolene’s is in Italics, and Archana’s is in bold.
Archana: Both of you come from non-tech backgrounds. As someone who transitioned into the industry from electrical engineering with the help of online coding resources, I would love to hear more about how you broke into the field. …
Written by WWCode HQ
Jouell Wright is a Sacramento-based pioneer in the blockchain space and host of the fintech-focused Trade U Youtube channel. She was gracious enough to meet with our Content Creator, Jacob Yoss, and discuss how the Telegraph Academy and Draper University scholarships she received through Women Who Code accelerated her career and brought her unique entrepreneurial opportunities.
What were you doing before applying for the Telegraph Academy and Draper University scholarships?
I was teaching myself as much as I could about technology and worked at an iPhone repair kiosk at the mall. However, I dreamed of building apps, but it was difficult to find accessible educational resources and available opportunities. I spent six years from the beginning of college, knocking on doors, asking people for a chance at anything. …
Written by WWCode HQ
Nandi K. Allman is a Grow With Google scholarship recipient, a program that provides individuals with training and resources to build their skills, careers, or businesses. Nandi met with our Content Creator, Jacob Yoss, to discuss how the scholarship impacted their career, how people of color can transition into the tech industry and their experience as a Black and nonbinary person in the field.
What’s your background, and what motivated you to apply for the Grow With Google scholarship?
I was in the fine dining industry working for some of the country’s top chefs and restaurateurs. I was good at my job, but a friend who had gone to coding school pushed myself and our other Black friends to transition into technology because the industry needs more Black people. …
Written by Jessica Fender
Here’s one developer’s story from Reddit:
“I’m a coder. I think 80 percent of my emails and Slack messages are huge walls of text with caveperson grammar. Instead of replies, I get questions. How can I write better?”
A few details were adjusted for confidentiality reasons, but the bottom line stays the same:
Writing skills are essential to get ahead in a technical career.
You may assume that you’ll be working with lines of code far more often than words, but written communication is an integral part of any technical role. …
Written by Jennifer Moore
This entry is the first in a new series that will highlight WWCode DFW’s members’ work and projects.
It is our unique pleasure to introduce the BugPhone project. DFW’s Jordan brought this impressive, large-scale, and real-word idea to life, which includes development, deployments, operational surprises, and technical support for end-users.
Written by Kamari Patrick
In this edition of Engineer to Engineer, Kamari Patrick, Leadership Fellow at Women Who Code and Digital Strategist, sat down with Lindsey Heller, Senior Product Manager at Blackstone Technology and Innovations, to discuss diversity and inclusion, her leadership philosophies, and how her career is different from how she first imagined it.
Let’s start with the basics: what organization are you with, and what do you do?
I am a product manager and business analyst at Blackstone within the Technology and Innovations (BXTI) group. Our technology teams at BXTI work with professionals across our business units to provide best-in-class solutions that drive our clients’ and colleagues’ productivity and enable us to leverage data to strengthen our investment decisions. …