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5 Things We Love - In Tech and Digital - This Week! 6/26/17

It’s Brittany again, the Marketing Associate from PowerToFly. As always, I’m here to highlight some of the coolest and empowering resources, media, and news by and for women in tech. This week’s post is especially cool, because there’s a heavy emphasis on community and mentorship -- something very much in line with what we do here at PowerToFly. But I won’t spoil too much, check it out for yourself!


Geek Girl Rising

The old adage goes, “When you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech, shows us women taking matters into their own hands when it comes to diversifying and changing the face of technology. From raising their voices about discrimination in tech to providing support and mentorship for other women, this is much more than a book. It’s a movement. Buy your copy today!

Mother Coders

If only there was an organization that helped moms break into the tech industry. Oh, wait that’s exactly what Mother Coders is doing. They’re all about empowering mothers to not only get in but to also stay in tech. They also provide on-site childcare for moms, opportunities to brush up on their coding skills and spaces to network with other mothers in tech. Whether you’re thinking about having kids or already have a few, consider donating to Mother Coders to help them continue their amazing work.

Aviatra Accelerators

Aviatra Accelerators is like the big sister you never had who mentored you and gave you the seed money to start your lemonade stand. No seriously, their mission is to empower and educate female entrepreneurs with the tools they need to succeed. Since they launched in 2010, they’ve helped women secure nearly $500,000 in funding!

Fuze Play

When her daughter showed an interest in coding and technology, Kristy Sevy jumped at the chance to help. But, after exploring the options, she soon realized that not many of the existing tools were very user or kid-friendly. Finally, she came up with the idea for Fuze Play, a company that creates tech toys for kids. Their star product? A hackable frisbee! Check out their other products here and get your little one excited about STEM!

Why Bulgaria and Romania are Leading in Software Engineering

We know that women in tech are rare pretty much everywhere you go, but not in Bulgaria and Romania. This article explores what it is about about these countries cultures that encourage women to enter STEM fields. One woman in the article just happens to be PowerToFly team member, Iva Kaneva. She explains that was she not told that engineering was a man’s job, and that her parents, both engineers, encouraged her to pursue a career in the field. Sounds like everyone could learn a thing or two from Bulgaria and Romania when it comes to tech diversity.

Did I miss something? Let me know via email: hi@powertofly.com or on Twitter: @powertofly

Chainalysis Inc.

What’s It Like to Work in Cybercrime? An Inside Look with Jen Hicks of Chainalysis

Do you know how terrorist attacks are stopped?

Military intervention is certainly one way, but Jen Hicks prefers another.

"I really, really believe that the key to preventing terrorist attacks is by cutting off their finances," explains Jen, a senior cybercrime investigator at cryptocurrency compliance and investigation firm Chainalysis.

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Quip

9 Tips for Hosting a Successful, Collaborative Hackathon, from Quip

A company that is built around offering modern collaboration software needs to believe in the power of bringing people together.

Luckily, that's just what Quip is all about.

Their annual three-day hackathon Quiprupt is an example of what collaboration looks like not just as a product offering but also as a core tenet of company culture. We asked participants from Quiprupt 2021 to tell us about their experience coming together to ship cool stuff—and how Quip's culture sets them up to be able to find meaningful work while building better products.

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Fostering Collaboration and Innovation in a Fast-Paced Environment

Insight from YouGov's Victoria Ganusceac

Victoria Ganusceac knew she wanted to be a product manager, but the HR manager at the company where she was working at the time wasn't on board.

Not immediately, anyways.

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How I Took Action Against Anti-Asian Racism– At Work and In My Personal Life

If you've been paying attention to the news recently, you likely have noticed a sharp rise in Anti-Asian racism. Members of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities have been vocal in bringing awareness to the heightened racial discrimination they have faced since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, in some cases, have had tragic consequences.

If you are not a member of the Asian-American community, you might feel powerless– as if you have no say in the matter. It's easy to believe that your actions aren't effective and cannot lend support to your colleagues and friends from the Asian-American community. But that is not the case– in reality, there are a number of actions you can take against Asian hate that can have real impact, in both your professional and personal life.

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