Grad School @ Georgia Tech
I have a lot of conversations about the future of technology, ranging from active discussions to idle small talk. In every conversation, I assert the same opinion: the future of technology should carefully consider what it means to be bombarded with devices. Printed Electronics for Human-Computer Interaction addresses the foreseeable future of electronics: the ability to print circuits and conductive surfaces quickly, efficiently, and creatively. This technology is situated as a maker’s dream and an industry’s tipping point.
Last week, during a gchat conversation with a friend, I admitted my financial goals: I would like to make a salary higher than my student loan total. I was mostly joking, but with student loans into the 6-figure range, a salary to match is something to aspire to.
I tossed the idea in my head for a while. I tweeted it. It went viral.
The 2015 Grad Cohort Workshop was the first time in my post-undergraduate, professional career that I had the opportunity to meet a large group of women in computing. Among the conference attendees, I easily identified potential mentors, advisors, and peers that looked like me, shared my professional interests, and could understand the details of my experiences. This feeling of community and validation is exactly what I sought in attending Grad Cohort.
I got to geek out with Revision Path’s Maurice Cherry about UX, HCI, women in tech, design trends, travel, networking, a design-driven approach, and my experience speaking at PRO/Design. Listen to the podcast!
I listened to a student presentation today about how important it is to encourage women to pursue computer science. I listened with an open mind and suppressed the urge to correct “all girls school” (it’s definitely “all women’s college” – who doesn’t know that?!) and “women don’t…” (women are not a solitary entity) in favor of internalizing their message. The presenters talked about the stereotypical relationship women have with tech and computer science the way one would a fear of dogs. “If we can show them that it’s not scary and that it can be fun, women will love computer science. They’ll be cuddling and playing fetch in no time!”