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Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do? My name is Karla Mickens, and I’m a product designer at Facebook. Originally born and raised in North Carolina, and went to college at Virginia Commonwealth University. After that, I moved to New York where I pretty much started my career in design. I gradually got into more of the tech side of it, and haven’t a looked back since, now for six-seven years I think, maybe more. How would you describe your job to someone who doesn’t know what

CEO & Founder of 23VIVI What made you decide to work in tech? There wasn’t any particular moment in my life that I decided that I was going to work in tech, I just started creating, and it’s where I ended up; but who knows in 20 years from now I could be in the health care “game” lol. What was an obstacle you faced and how did you overcome that obstacle? I struggled with covering my ideas initially. Then I realized that the more ideas I kept to myself, the

background image: www.huffingtonpost.com written by Zalyia L. Grillet (@ZGrilletCo) Let’s talk about the moments in your life where you’ve felt valued. Maybe it was your 16th birthday, or your high school graduation? Or the time you entered the Chipotle line and the server gave you extra guacamole for free? All of these moments have something in common: an experience that you truly valued. Now let’s talk about some of the experiences you have on a daily basis. We all use some form of transportation, and being able to find our destination

      Designer & Front-End Developer mikedre.com Check out his projects: Barbershapp, The Right Spice, & The Arts Project  What made you decide to work in tech? I’ve always had an interest in tech from a young age, always experimenting with gadgets and computers. I initially started with a much more Art & Design focus with the majority of projects that I was working on covering branding and illustration. I hated code at first and could never have seen myself doing anything more than copying and pasting from Google. But once I sat

  Designer & Engineer tonianni.com platformsforwomen.com What made you decide to work in tech? I grew up with knowledge about the digital world through gaming. We got our first console, an Atari, when I was 4 years old. I’ve written more details about my journey here. While I always had the heart for storytelling and design, it was my father who prompted me to study what would end up being an engineering degree. I had no idea there was a specific tech industry, I just followed my passions. What was the biggest

    Senior Product Designer & Culture Ambassador at Neo damian.is   Designer of experiences at TheGlint. Founder of Hunie, a 500 Startups company. Product designer at Neo. Tell us about your experience at 500 Startups? It was great. ‘500’ is an awesome program, with a great community. It makes a lot of sense if you’re looking for traction with an existing product (having achieved product-market fit). Unfortunately I was more in the idea stage, and I was also a single founder, so that carried a few disadvantages. How did you

    Clayton State University – BA in Legal Studies UX/UI Designer and Front End Developer uxace.wordpress.com What made you decide to work in tech? I knew that being in law was not really for me. I prefer the challenge of creating products that people can use. Tech allows me to be more of myself and more expressive in ways that law did not allow me to be. What was an obstacle you faced and how did you overcome that obstacle?  Just being able to get into tech was an obstacle

What made you decide to work in tech? Working in tech was something that I fell into; it wasn’t exactly a conscious decision. As a teenager I ended up teaching myself how to code and fell in love with it. From there, it turned into a career. What was an obstacle you faced and how did you overcome that obstacle? I think the biggest obstacle I faced was ageism in the industry. Being a young person of color, it was tough for people to take me seriously at first. I still

What made you decide to work in tech? I applied to a non-technical summer program at Google because I thought that Google seemed cool. I was very fortunate to have gotten accepted, and ended up seeing a talk by Megan Smith who talked about the power of engineering. I was really inspired and intrigued so I decided to give programming a shot.  What was an obstacle you faced and how did you overcome that obstacle? My biggest issue has always been feeling like I’ve started coding too late and that

Iheanyi Ekechukwu is a Software Engineer in IBM Watson, a cognitive system that enables a partnership between people and computers. Check him out on his podcast Two Black Nerds, where he and his friend tackle topics such as diversity in the tech industry, current events, and life after college. What made you decide to work in tech? I didn’t start coding until college. I got into tech, as I was always into video games when I was younger, and wanted to be a games developer. But once I got into

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