Q: What year and program are you in?
Q: Are you part of any clubs or organizations on campus?
S: I often attend and volunteer at Women in Computer Science (WiCS) events! Plus, I love working as a Special Event Residence Ambassador during UWaterloo Open Houses.
Q: I heard you attended and spoke at the Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing and at the Tech Ladies Toronto Meetup! How did that happen?
Q: What was the experience like? How did it feel to attend and speak in two “women in tech” conferences?
Q: I also heard you won “Best Student Speaker” at the Canadian Celebration of Women in Computing. Can you tell me more about the speech that earned you that award?
S: Winning ”Best Student Speaker” at CAN-CWiC was so humbling. As I mentioned before, I spoke about bridging the gap between design and development. I’m a strong believer that improving the workflow and communication between both roles can revolutionize the products and services we create. This idea stemmed from my own personal experiences as a developer. I’ve participated in several design processes during co-op and I’ve found that the more I learn about design, the better a developer I become. As I said in my talk, a successful product needs to be both loved and optimized — it’s as well-designed as it is well-developed.
Q: What do you think you gained from this experience?
Q: Finally, is there anything you’d like to say to the women in STEM, or those who are considering going into the computing industry?
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