Who's Your Role Model? .

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Let me ask you for the names of female role models in tech... 

Did you think Ada Lovelace? Grace Hopper perhaps? Both very worthy of being on that list. 

This was a conversation a few of me and my male dev colleagues were talking about this week on the approach to International Women's Day.

I still think that the marketing of women in all fields, not just computing, needs a modern day kick up the ass. It is absolute madness that the two names above are still the 'go-to names' for female role models in tech, one of which died 167 years ago! 

For me, the name I think of is that of Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon. She is the CEO of Stemettes and her work on  Artificial Intelligence is fascinating; if you get a chance to hear her public speaking I highly recommend it!

“Aged 11, she was the youngest girl ever to pass A-level computing, and was just 20 years old when she received her Master’s Degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Oxford.”

Being a SQL Server admin, one of the many blogs I followed to hone my skills was Kendra Little. Reading her blog, I learnt a lot about performance tuning among others and even today with the likes of extremely talented people such as Pinal Dava aka SQL Authority, I still consider her information in the highest regard which just tells you she's top notch.

If your interests lean more towards physics, you should try following Katie Mack on Twitter... she's an astrophysicist and her posts are great fun.

You can go read her latest post here which is “Extra dimensions, black holes, and vacuum decay, oh my”

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Katie at the Large Hadron Collider

Or perhaps conservation, natural science is more your thing, how about Cristina Zenato...“Cristina has dedicated a lifetime to exploration, education and conservation”

This is a video of her swimming with sharks to help them by removing fishing hooks.

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Talking about the technical challenges of getting data from Australia all the way to the EU by moving it here in shipping containers! Due to the sheer quantity of information being produced. Impressive for anyone in development to hear about the challenges faced in her field of expertise.

I think it shows that there are so many great role models for women now. These are a few off the top of my head and I have no doubt that there are so very many more. I don't discount the impact some of these historical individuals have had on all areas, but the people who will inspire the next generation and here and now.

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Richard Brisley
Richard Brisley
Tech Lead
Richard is the longest standing member of the Sagittarius team, he works tirelessly to support the development and side-facing team with problem solving and pitches alike. His skills as a .NET programmer and database administrator have been paramount to the success of Sagittarius and our continued success. 

In 2016 and again in 2019 Richard was recognise in the BIMA 100 awards for his outstanding work in Tech, his passion for digital and his contribution to the industry. 

Richard Brisley

Richard Brisley

07 Mar 2019 - 6 minute read
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