This year our theme celebrates all kinds of progress - big or small - and the strength we demonstrate when we don’t let fear hold us back from following our dreams.
So often we hold ourselves to impossibly high standards and feel disappointed when we can’t reach them - or worse, we don’t even try. When we let the idea of being perfect go, we allow ourselves the space and freedom to try new things, to make mistakes and to learn. We see that all of our experiences - the good, the bad, and the ugly - have made us who we are today. Instead of striving for perfection, we can strive for growth and discovery. Instead of being fixated on the destination, we enjoy the journey, wherever it takes us.
Our paths aren’t always linear, and we may come across seemingly impossible challenges, but when we celebrate #ProgressNotPerfection, we are celebrating all we’ve accomplished - big and small - and our inner strength and resilience that allowed us to get here
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Director of Mobile Engineering
Kavika is an emerging global leader and has proved her leadership skills by giving back to her community at every opportunity. She has associated and worked with several technological and financial giants such as Google, Microsoft, Ernst and Young (EY) as a cyber security analyst, and also hosted numerous student programs in collaboration with her university to bridge the gap between university education and industry skill requirements. With the motto to spread cyber awareness and educate each sector of the population, she is actively involved in Non-profit organizations as a key speaker for Digital Literacy among the elderly, led STEM Programs focused on empowering more girl students to take STEM as a career, and won the Kaspersky Secur'IT Cup 2020, representing Australia on an international level. She has also written articles and recorded podcasts on topics such as Blockchain technology, Human Behaviour in Technology, Cybercrime & Myths, Women in Security, Privacy Paradox and much more. She is a high performing university student (currently in the final year of her degree - Bachelor of Cyber Security and Behaviour) with a consistent academic record and has been honored for leading with passion, strength, and kindness through many awards namely, Women in Security: Best Security Leader 2021, 7News Young Achievers Award 2021 (Semi-finalist), NSW International Student of the Year 2021 (Finalist). In her spare time, Kavika loves to read crime fiction novels from James Patterson, Agatha Christie. As a trained classical dancer, she gives dance lessons to young kids to hone their talent. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kavika-s-b60969192/
Sarah is the Customer Engineer for Collaboration, Workflow and Security in Google Workspace. Sarah joined the Google Workspace team last year with a mission to unlock the limitless potential of humans to connect, achieve and impact the world. Prior to Google, Sarah worked at SAP where she was driving digital transformation across strategic customers in the region.
If you didn't find me in the office you'll most likely find me in an airport, on a hike, swimming, enjoying music or lost in a book. Feel free to say Hello, share a story or teach me something new.
Kurt is currently the Director of Mobile Engineering for Plentina. He specializes in Android Development and has been making Android apps since 2016. He is also a Google Developer Expert for Kotlin. He loves all things Kotlin, especially Kotlin Multiplatform Mobile to share your code between Android/iOS. Outside of tech, he loves playing and listening to jazz music. LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kurt-r-acosta/
Head of AI
Director of Business Development & Partnerships
Aqsa is a GDE for Machine Learning and a curious Machine Learning Enthusiast who is passionate about technology, learning new things and sharing ideas with others. She strongly believes in the power of ideas to shape a better world and in that spirit actively contributes her knowledge through blogs, tech talks and workshops. She was also a mentor thrice at Google’s Women Developer Academy. She holds a BSEE and currently works as Head of AI for Red Buffer, a Machine Learning and AI software services company based out of Islamabad, Pakistan. https://www.linkedin.com/in/aqsa-kausar
Josan is a tech startup founder and a UI/UX Engineer. Together with her team, they worked on a hotel booking engine in 2012. They have been acqui-hired by Rocketmiles, a travel startup based in Chicago, and then in 2015, been acquired by Booking Holdings and recently, their product team merged with Agoda. She spearheaded the Google Developer communities and Women Techmakers in Northern Mindanao, and have been part of several women communities in tech. Her personal advocacy is teaching young girls to code and encouraging women to pursue courses and careers in science, technology, and engineering. You can listen to her podcast on Spotify: “Real Life Anagrams”.
Chelle Gray is an active community builder and mentor. From growing women community organizers in South, Southeast Asia, mentoring women in India, Africa and Latin America. She's part of the Advisory board of UXPH helping with Internal growth of the volunteers and also leads AWSUG BuildHers+, a community for women and LGBT+ to grow their cloud skills. She believes that mentoring is important because you can encourage and enable another person's professional or personal development. She recently joined Symph as Director for Business Development & Partnerships. She believes in Symph's vision to drive positive global impact by building startups for every problem affecting human life. Visit https://www.symph.co/ to know more about Symp and follow Chelle at https://www.linkedin.com/in/chelleogray/
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