Amy Booker /QA Engineer
Hi Amy, tell us a bit about yourself:
I enjoy staying on the cutting edge of the latest technology, reading about gadgets and testing out VR practical applications and gaming. I also enjoy learning structures of new programing languages, using such platforms as Pluralsight, code school and code academy and udacity.
How do you use technology?
I use technology on a daily basis to create software that relies on predictive analytics models.
What is your profession, how is it related to technology, and how did you get started in it?
I started my career as QA Engineer at a small startup in Ohio.
What will you be speaking about?
Software testing, quality of software, release process, dev ops, big data, predictive analytics, emerging industrial markets.
Who will get the most out of your presentation?
All technologists. I hope the Women Tech community will enjoy continuing the discussion about software and big data platforms and the many applications it has.
Do you have a favorite “woman in technology?”
Yoky Matsuoka- CTO of Nest
What is your favorite cultural/music/activity to do in Chicago?
Tuesday Jazz at the Terrace Contemporary Museum of Art
What are some challenges you have experience, and overcome, in your career as a woman technologist?
As a woman technologist it is important to assert yourself in the field. Most of the challenges I face are around code quality and sharing general understanding of how to develop a software feature. If you feel someone is writing less than quality code or pushing bugs into the github repository, speak up. As women, by default we are trained to stay in the background, however when it comes to work and quality of software it is everyone’s job to ensure that quality software is being released to the market.
Also, as a woman technologist it is important to find some commonalities with your male software engineer co-workers. You must create some type of professional bond, it can be attending meetups or attending lunch and learns with your colleagues, team building activities, gaming etc. As,women must go above and beyond to solidify ourselves in the tech community. You have to add value to the code base as well as the overall team dynamic.