For International Women's Day 2023, our community will be hosting a Women Techmakers' annual event to connect, educate and inspire, and as well bridging the gender gap. It is a moment to celebrate and provide visibility for the incredible contributions of women around the world and in our region, and is a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Join the Women Techmakers of Hudson Valley in a virtual event that explores this years' theme 'Dare to Be', empowering our community to have courage, dream big, and be bold. Hear from a panel of technologists as they discuss challenges as opportunity and using their strengths to make courageous career choices. Participate in a facilitated session where you can share your own stories of personal transformation and success. Learn from other women in the Hudson Valley in a brief series of lightning talks, designed to inspire you to enhance your skillset.
When we Dare to Be: we explore what it would mean to be audaciously bold, to walk through the world with courage and confidence. We are willing to try something new, to step outside of our comfort zone and to be unapologetically ourselves. We don’t let societal or cultural roles or norms dictate who we are or how big we can dream.
The beauty of “Dare To Be” is that it is part of a larger sentence: you can dare to be bold, to be innovative, to be resilient - it can apply to so many aspects of our lives.
Director of Engineering
Theatre artist turned software engineer, Julianna is currently the Director of Engineering at 2U/EdX leading a team of engineers focused on building software for capturing prospective student data. She spends her free time cooking and devising low-waste recipes, teaching or practicing yoga, and training for her next marathon. Before changing careers into tech, she taught Media Arts throughout New York City public schools. She holds an MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College, an MS in Computer Science from Syracuse University and is contemplating one more graduate degree. Julianna believes anyone has the ability to learn any subject if it is broken down into digestible parts.
Secretary of Manhattan CB1
Principal Software Engineer
Full Stack Software Engineer
A self-taught coder, Mimi picked up coding when she was 8 by learning BASIC on an Atari 800. She loves building and fixing things from microcontrollers to motorcycles. A perennial maker, she always thinking of new applications for projects.
Mimi is committed to open source software and builds various types of low cost embedded systems with The Things Network NY, a New York-based non-profit facilitating free and open source Internet of Things networks, where she has served as a Board member for 2 years.
More recently, Mimi serves on the Manhattan Community Board, representing constituents within the Seaport neighborhood. She is passionate about using her systems and data expertise to support and advocate for tenants’ rights with the New York Housing Data Coalition.
"Experience with these tools is highly valuable; but I have learned that my foundation in programming has given me the skills I need to adapt to new software and new ideas in the technical and digital environment which changes every day.”
John Sturman has been working in and around software for more than 20 years as a technical writer, instructor, and project manager. He is a ScrumAlliance Certified Scrum Master and has used his knowledge to train his students in a variety of courses.
John has been teaching a popular project-based Computer Science course at RPI for more than 20 years to juniors, seniors and graduate students. John has also been teaching programming in a variety of settings including online and in-person classes to all ages, from elementary school to college-level to adults looking to change their career paths or just learn new technical skills.
As a life-long learner, John has never shied away from trying and learning new technologies and loves to share his learning process with everyone. John lives on an old dairy farm in the Catskills and keeps honeybees. When he is not playing with his computer (or his ukulele), he is often found skiing or boating. He is known by "Stay Calm and Play Ukulele!" - it means you can play ukulele together!
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