With over 8 years of professional experience in web technologies, Pearl has a body of work that ranges from Facebook campaigns for Google Chrome, microsites for Nike, and WordPress customizations for craib.com. Pearl was most recently the Research & Technology Manager at the CFC Media Lab and is now currently acting as CTO for The Hungry Veg, a startup for vegetarians that she co-founded.
Alongside her web developer work, Pearl also tackles more unusual jobs such as modifying the guts of Nintendo Wii controllers, making toys talk to her Android device, and holding electronics workshops (http://gplus.to/klab).
She can be reached on Google+ (http://klab.ca/+), on Twitter (@androidsNsheep), or old-fashioned email (pearl[at]karma-laboratory.com).
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? For my entire professional career (especially while freelancing as a web developer), I have never found myself working with another professional female developer (except once when I was involved in the hiring process). So…where are you, ladies? What scared you off? I hope Ladies Learning Code will help me answer this.
Co-Lead Instructor: Christina Truong
http://christinatruong.com | http://www.teehanlax.com/author/christina/)
She is currently at Teehan+Lax, digital experience agency, where she is a Front End Developer and occasional blogger.
Christina Truong has been in the web industry for 5+ years. She has agency experience working for major brands such as Virgin Mobile, Bell, Home Depot, KFC and Holt Renfrew as well as freelance work with small businesses and personal websites. She has participated in the initiative to encourage more women to join the technology field by volunteering for Ladies Learning Code as a guest speaker, mentor and now as an instructor.
Cecily Carver (@cecilycarver | cecilycarver.tumblr.com)
I’m the social and interactive media co-ordinator, managing the COC’s online community of fans. But I also have a computer science degree and a professional background as a .NET software developer, most recently with Infusion Development in Toronto.
What are you passionate about? “Opera, the arts, creativity in all forms – including technology.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “As a women involved in the technology community (both professionally and as the co-founder of Dames Making Games, a community for female game developers (aspiring, indie, and professional), I deeply support the mandate of Ladies Learning Code. I also love showing people that coding doesn’t have to be intimidating – that it’s both powerful and fun!”
David Misshula (@davidmisshula)
WebSphere Commerce Consultant – Work with clients building and customizing their online stores at IBM
What are you passionate about? “The bridge that binds people to technology.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “Being around people who want to learn is electrifying. It spawns creativity and build meaningful relationships. LLC has provided a platform for amazing things to come to life!”
What are you passionate about? “Creating a better way for people to buy & sell stuff.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I think the technology world would be more effective if you had more balanced teams of programmers….Plus I love passing on the many years of programming knowledge I’ve gained.”
What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about getting more women in technology and engineering, but also interested in human computer interaction and user experience design.
Why did you decide to get involved with Ladies Learning Code? I think that it’s important for more women to to get into technology and engineering. As a teenager I was told that I shouldn’t go into computer science because it was all men, but being female shouldn’t be a limitation on what I can and can not become. In a graduating high school class of 80 young women, only 5 went into a technical (engineering or computer science) field. I want to see more women becoming software developers and engineers.
What are you passionate about? “Education outside the classroom.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “Learning and teaching is super fun and rewarding. Also, selfishness! I want more ladies in the industry.”
What are you passionate about? “Being efficient, learning/understanding, rowing.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “Nothing is more rewarding than working with people who are genuinely interested in something, especially when you yourself are interested in it.”
Peter Newhook (@p337er | http://peternewhook.com)
Business Analyst at Cineplex Entertainment “I split my time between automating forms and workflows using SharePoint and designing reports and visualizations that provide new ways to look at numbers.”
What are you passionate about? “Making enterprise software usable and enjoyable. When I’m not in front of a monitor, I’m finding a way to get on a bike.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “Women are going to look at problems differently than men will, and come up with different solutions. As an industry we need more well trained women writing code.”
Yang Yu (@Mryangyu)
Product development, business development at wishhaha inc.
What are you passionate about? “I’m passionate about creating value in society through innovative and user friendly social technologies.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “Women are really great coders and most just dont realize it 🙂 to be part of this movement and add value back to the community is an opportunity I can’t miss. Plus sharing what I have learned through my journey in this space to better others is just an awesome thing.”
What are you passionate about? “Building products, coding/programming of any kind, startups, minimalist running, good beer, TFC.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I enjoy teaching, chance to help people who motivated to learn is an amazing opportunity.”
Web Developer at Flight Centre Inc.
What are you passionate about? “Reading, Watching great movies and coding ;)”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I thought this would be a great way to help movtivate and mentor woman so that there will be more of us in this industry.”
What are you passionate about? “I’m really into finding out what people are good at and enjoy and learning from them. I think people are fascinating and they’ve always got stories and ideas to share.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I’m a lady who codes (and who is still learning code!) and I think it’s really important to have more women in the industry. Balance is always healthy, and the female perspective is just as valuable and necessary … and coding is really, really fun. Making stuff work and do what you want it to do is immensely satisfying (and cool).”
What are you passionate about? “Solving interesting problems and building novel systems.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “It’s a great idea, and provides an opportunity to get more people involved in something I find interesting!”
Gavin Lobo (http://www.rabidgeek.net)
University of Ontario Institute of Technology, grad student, research assistant, tutorial instructor
What are you passionate about? “Teaching, Science, Mathematics and Programming”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “Coding is so much fun! More women should get involved!”
What are you passionate about? “I am all about developing core infrastructures that can be used as tools over and over again. Building stronger application cores allows for better end-user experience and development tools. I love to look at technology from the inside out.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I strongly believe in the power of learning. Learning is super, super fun and I want to help others have the same experience with learning technology as I have.”
Gerry Power (@gerrypower)
ZooTech Keeper for zoocasa.com and homerenovationguide.com at Rogers Ventures
What are you passionate about? “Technology, continuous learning, motorcycles, sailing and passionate people.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “So happy to support people in our community that want to learn and experience technology!”
Martin Crawford (@bemisguided)
Director, Delivery at Bruze Marketing Inc
What are you passionate about? “Music and code.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I think its a good idea to get woman involved in programming. It’s a supportive approach. ”
Amanda Rae Arseneau (@AmandaRaeCA)
Student/Freelance – Code Monkey
What are you passionate about? “Learning, teaching, loving.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “As a current student, I know how important it is to have passionate instructors, mentors and learners – and LLC offers all that and more!”
What are you passionate about? “Philosophy, feminism, bicycles, Free and Open-Source Software.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “Software education is broken, let’s fix it! Plus, MINASWAN: Matz is nice, and so we are nice.”
What are you passionate about? “Technology and cycling.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I enjoy teaching and sharing.”
What are you passionate about? “Videogames. Also learning new things, creating amazing applications that are simple to use.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I’ve been fortunate enough to work with a team of great people and learn a lot along the way from them. Ladies Learning Code is a great initiative that wants to do away with the preconceived notion that programming can be difficult to get into. It’d be great to be able to give back to the community and get more people introduced to some useful and very important tech.”
What are you passionate about? “Empowering people to create tools that help them in the real world.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I got involved with Ladies Learning Code because I wanted to meet other women in the industry I have worked in for a decade, predominantly with men.”
What are you passionate about? “UI / Accessibility / Usability / Design Trends /… Travelling and learning about new people & places are great opportunities for me to pursue my passion for photography.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “I’d like to share my expertise and knowledge.”
Alan Harnum (@waharnum )
Lead front-end developer for the library’s web site, along with lots of miscellaneous consulting on web-based services at Toronto Public Library
What are you passionate about? “Literacy and learning.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “Encouraged by coworkers who’ve taken LLC courses. 🙂 ”
What are you passionate about? “Problem Solving, Working with a team that feels like a family.”
Why did you get involved with Ladies Learning Code? “The building of confidence is critical in the tech field for women and I think Ladies Learning Code provides an easy, fun entrance to coding that will excite and educate ladies of all ages!”
Big thanks to each and every one of these wonderful people.
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