Being a woman in tech - or any other male-dominated industry for that matter - takes a lot of hard work, commitment, and some serious savvy. In this biweekly podcast, Developer and full-time freelancer, Deborah Butler, sits down with women who are pushing the boundaries and forging their careers against the odds. In the firm belief that you can’t be what you can’t see, these candid conversations offer the listener insight into the journeys, passions, challenges, and successes of women doing it for themselves.
What I learnt at DevFest 2019
This November I attended DevFest Cape Town. This has to be one of my favourite conferences that I've been to in Cape Town. The content was really good and there were a number of female speakers that I just had to interview some of them. In this episode I speak to Rebecca Franks from Over, Maia Grotepass from Civic Technologies and Ridhawana Khan at Smile Identity. https://devfest.co.za/ https://www.madewithover.com/ https://www.civic.com/ https://riggaroo.co.za/ https://twitter.com/riggaroo https://twitter.com/maiatoday https://github.com/maiatoday https://ridhwana.com/ https://twitter.com/Ridhwana_K
In this episode we talk to Kentse Radebe who talks about The Counselling Hub and how important mental health awareness is. The Counselling Hub in Cape Town offers low cost mental health services in order to increase access for people living and working in the surrounds. With one-on-one sessions at only R50, and free workshops, people with low incomes can now seek the professional support they need to navigate their life challenges. As well as the podcast Mzansi Mentality which centres around mental health. We also talk to Leo Gopal about his personal journey which helped him start WPHugs and recently joining WP&Up which gives mental health support to those in the tech and WordPress community. https://www.mzansimentality.co.za/ http://counsellinghub.org.za/ https://wpandup.org/
Diversity has become a commodity - with Baratang Miya
Baratang Miya has been running a coding school for under privileged girls for over 15yrs. She's seen a lot of changes in the tech industry and we talk to her about how those changes have impacted her business. Baratang is an incredible voice for the local tech community and you can catch her regularly talking on panels and conferences. https://www.linkedin.com/in/baratang-miya-1270a99 https://www.coworker.com/south-africa/cape-town/uhuru-space https://girlhype.co.za/
Season Two Is Here!
Season Two is here, but where have we been. This quick episode explains where Open File Backup has been for the last 2 months and what we have in store for Season Two. We also have new theme music which we love!
Robot Friends With Jade Abbott
This week we talk with Machine Learning Engineer, Jade Abbott. We cover a lot of really interesting topics, from how Jade wanted to build a robot friend, deep fake videos and explaining how sentencing software contain bias. Jade works at Retro Rabbit and frequently talks at dev conferences in and around South Africa. You can catch her on twitter at @alienelf
Astrophysics & Toilet Paper with Palesa Nombula
Palesa Nombula is currently completing her Masters in Astrophysics at the University of Cape Town. She is also working at SKA in Commercialisation. SKA will be the largest radio telescope ever built and will produce science that changes our understanding of the universe. We talked about everything from the telescope in the Karoo here in South Africa, to how toilet paper revolutionalised her grandparents life. Palesa is a knowledgeable and switched on human being who was an absolute pleasure to talk to. Keep your eye on her career, she's going to change the world. You can find Palesa at https://www.linkedin.com/in/palesa-nombula-83673847/ or on twitter at https://twitter.com/p_nombula If you have any comments or questions on this episode, please email at email@example.com Don't forget to subscribe and Share :)
Very informative and wonderful guests.