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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #97: Sponsored by TechShop

30.08.2015 (7:36 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join TechShop and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Wednesday, September 9th at TechShop in San Francisco for an evening of education, fun, and networking!


Join TechShop and our partner Autodesk for an evening of hands-on activity and discussion around the importance of getting technology and businesses in the hands of Girl Geeks. How diversity of perspective is helping shape the future of design and a sneak peak into what that future looks like.

The theme of the night is: Girl Geek Impact and The Future of Design

TechShop Girl Geek Dinner Agenda -

6PM-6:30PM : Sign in, tours and dinner
6:30PM-7:15PM : Speakers
7:30PM-9:30PM : Activities
9:30PM-9:45PM : Raffle, tours, goodbyes

Event hashtag: #TechShopGirlGeekDinner

Your hosts: @TechShop @BayAreaGGD

Your Speakers for the TechShop Girl Geek Dinner -

Carrie Motamedi (VP Marketing, TechShop)
Carrie is responsible for sharing the TechShop mission with internal and external audiences. She creates and executes national marketing programs with partners that include Autodesk, General Electric, Ford, Lowe’s and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. She also oversees public relations and investor relations, and manages the corporate culture. Before joining TechShop in 2010, Carrie spent more than 15 years in technology marketing. At Sun Microsystems, she led public relations, analyst relations, employee communications and social programs for different business groups. Prior to Sun, she worked at global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. Born and raised in the Detroit Metro area, Carrie earned a dual degree from Michigan State University and studied at the University of London.
Julie Gordon White (The WELL Coaching and Community for Women Entrepreneurs)
Julie Gordon White, CBB, has helped hundreds of business buyers and sellers in her role as CEO and Broker of Record for BlueKey Business Brokerage M&A and the proud founder and CEO of The WELL Business Training & Coaching for Women Entrepreneurs; the go-to growth source for women business owners.
In 2003, she founded BlueKey and executed the sale and acquisition of companies with revenues between $1 and $10 million. In 2011, she was elected the first woman President of the California Association of Business Brokers since it’s inception in 1986.

 

 

 

Kate Drane (Senior Director of Tech Outreach at Indiegogo)
Kate Drane is Indiegogo’s Senior Director of Outreach for Tech and Hardware. Coining herself as a VC of the people, Kate has led hundreds of companies, including Misfit Wearables, Jolla and Canonical, to secure funding on Indiegogo.
In addition to working at Indiegogo, Kate is the co-founder and CMO of The Can Van, the world’s first mobile beer canning service made to bring reasonably priced and environmentally friendly packaging options to California breweries. She met her co-founders while attending Presidio Graduate School, where she received her MBA in Sustainable Management.

 

 

 

Autodesk Keynote Speaker
Erin Bradner (Design Researcher, Autodesk)
Erin has been a practicing User Researcher for over 15 years. Most recently, Erin managed user-experience projects across several of Autodesk’s engineering and design products. She researched topics ranging from the future of computer-aided design to how best to integrate marking menus into AutoCAD. Prior to Autodesk, Erin consulted for tiny start-ups, such as the one that designed the first cloud storage in the nineties, and large institutions such as IBM, Boeing and AT&T.
Erin is a student of the human mind. She has a B.S. in Cognitive Science and a PhD in Information & Computer Science. Erin’s dissertation work focused on the effects of communication technology on interpersonal behaviors such as persuasion, deception and trust. She has published in journals and proceedings in the field of Human-Computer Interaction and presented at conferences on the topics of distance collaboration and remote work.

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #96: Sponsored by AppDynamics

18.08.2015 (12:28 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join AppDynamics and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Tuesday, August 25th at AppDynamics HQ in San Francisco for an evening of education, fun, and networking!


Join AppDynamics and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Tuesday, August 25th, in San Francisco for an evening of mingling and experience sharing!

Hear girls geeks from AppDynamics talk about going from the 1st female engineer to the 1st female product manager, starting from the bottom, and leading a technical team.

AppDynamics Girl Geek Dinner Agenda -

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, refreshments & networking
6:30pm – 7:30pm: AppDynamics Girl Geek talks!
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Q&A and more networking!

Event hashtag: #AppDynamicsGirlGeekDinner

Your hosts: @AppDynamics @BayAreaGGD

Your Speakers for the AppDynamics Girl Geek Dinner -

Meera Viswanathan (Product Manager, AppDynamics)
Talk Topic: From the First Female Engineer to First Female in Product Management
Meera Viswanathan is a Product Manager at AppDynamics. She recently transitioned into the role and was previously a Software Automation Engineer also at AppDynamics. Her background is in Software Engineering. She’s been with the company for about two and a half years now.

Stephanie Chou (Software Engineer, AppDyanmics)
Talk Topic: AppDynamics Through the Lens of a Fresh College Grad
Stephanie Chou has been a woman in tech for 5 years. She studied Electrical Engineering at UIUC. Halfway through her studies she realized hardware, signals and semiconductors were not her thing. So 1 month after graduation, she attended Dev Bootcamp in order to learn more about Web Development. 1 month after graduating Dev Bootcamp, she picked up and moved to the Bay Area from Chicago in order to find a job. And now she works as a Software Engineer on the UI team at AppDynamics. Previously, Stephanie wrote software for soft starters at Eaton Corporation and taught high school girls how to make an LED calculator at G.A.M.E.S Camp. Outside of her technical life, Stephanie enjoys playing ukulele, eating food and backpacking (sometimes all at the same time).

Hannah Current (Customers Program Marketing Manager, AppDynamics)
Talk Topic: Started from the Bottom Now I’m Here Speaker
Hannah Current is the Customer Marketing Manager at AppDynamics. After graduating from Santa Clara University, she joined AppDynamics in 2012 as a Social Media Intern. Her goal is to visit 50 countries before her 50th birthday (currently at 28 countries and counting). Reach out to her on Twitter at @HannahHaleyC

Heidi Newiger (University & Diversity Recruiting Programs, AppDynamics)
Moderator
Heidi graduated from UCSB and fell into tech. In her two years at AppDynamics, she has grown a soon-to-be international University Recruitment program, and a global Diversity Recruitment Programs, including a Women in Technology organization that has increased the female population at AppDynamics by over 250%. She is a very energetic woman, who is passionate about people, relationships and programs!

Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #95: Sponsored by GitHub

11.08.2015 (4:49 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join GitHub and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Wednesday, August 19th at GitHub HQ in San Francisco for an evening of mingling and experience sharing!


Join GitHub and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Wednesday, August 19th, in San Francisco for an evening of mingling and experience sharing!

Hear girls geeks (entrepreneurs, executives & managers) share their journeys at the intersection of being technical and excelling as strategic business leaders. Event hashtag: #GitHubGirlGeekDinner

Join us for drinks, dinner, schwag and conversations with fellow girl geeks!

GitHub Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Registration, refreshments & networking
6:30pm – 6:45pm: GitHub intro
6:45pm – 8:00pm: Lightning talks: The Intersection of Being Technical and Being Strategic Leaders
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Q&A and more networking!

Your hosts: @GitHub @BayAreaGGD

Videos from the GitHub Girl Geek Dinner

Maggie Nelson (Director of Infrastructure Engineering, GitHub)

Maggie is Director of Infrastructure Engineering at GitHub. She is passionate about building great technology to help engineers build even greater things! Maggie has been building great social networks most of her career — Flickr, Nokia’s MOSH, BlackPlanet.com, and even dabbling in social features of Amazon.com. Most recently Maggie was the VP of Engineering at Findery – a social travel app. Maggie loves building products with great engineers, focusing on moving fast and building for scale. She lives in SF with her husband, son, and cat. Maggie is a graduate of New York University with a degree in Computer Science. She is interested in making the technology world more inclusive and diverse.

Frances Haugen (Senior Product Manager, Yelp)

Frances is a Senior Product manager at Yelp focusing on Search, Photos, and Reviews. She has over 9 years of experience as a product manager and software engineer working on non-webpage search problems including social media, images, books, music, and local/location. Prior to Yelp she spent over 7 years at Google. Frances holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Olin College and was a member of its founding class – she was also Olin’s first alumna to work at Google. She holds an MBA from Harvard University.

Dedra Chamberlin (CEO, Cirrus Identity)

Dedra is CEO and co-founder of Cirrus Identity, a cloud-hosted digital identity company that enables quick and easy access to enterprise services through the use of social identities (Google, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn). Dedra has led digital identity strategy at leading universities, including UC Berkeley and UCSF, and chaired the workgroup which sets identity strategy for the University of California system. She has participated in numerous nation-wide identity strategy workgroups and speaks regularly at higher ed IT conferences. At Cirrus Identity, Dedra is building an awesome team to bring innovative, easy-to-integrate identity solutions to educational institutions and businesses around the globe.

Eva Tsai (VP Digital Business & Operations, vArmour)

Eva has more than 20 years of experience leading strategic initiatives and managing company telemetry to grow pipeline and drive demand, most recently at Citrix and BEA Systems. Her transformational work in innovation and technology leadership has been recognized with significant industry awards and patents. She was selected by Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2015 as one of Silicon Valley’s 100 Most Influential Women and won the 2014 Marketer That Matters™ award, sponsored by The Wall Street Journal. Prior to BEA Systems, Eva held strategic roles at BroadVision and Oracle, launching digital business operations for Fortune 500 companies. Eva holds a BS and a MS in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sophia Xiao (Director, Engineering Program Management & Content, Box)

Sophia has more than 16 years of experience launching new products and services while building high performing teams from the ground up. Sophia joined Box as the first engineering program manager, and established program management with the mission of enabling Box’s rapid growth with a core set of practices to drive business value delivery through accountability and efficiency. Sophia started her career as a software developer, and then ventured into a variety of roles as sales engineer, technical consultant, business operations, and found her passion in orchestrating orderly chaos (aka program management). Sophia was one of two females in her graduating class with dual degrees in BS in Computer Science and BA in Statistics, from University of California, Davis.

Opening Remarks

Kakul Srivastava (VP Product Management, GitHub)

Kakul is VP of Product Management at Github. She is a tech entrepreneur focused on building companies that empower people and create community. Kakul has helped build some of the best loved consumer tech products – Adobe’s Photoshop line of software, Flickr, Yahoo! Messenger, and Yahoo! Mail. She was the founder and CEO of Tomfoolery, Inc., a start-up dedicated to making beautiful social apps for work. Tomfoolery was bought by Yahoo in 2014. Most recently, Kakul was the CPO for WeWork, a $10B company focused on empowering millennial entrepreneurs and creators. She lives in SF with her husband and two children. Kakul is a graduate of MIT with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, and also holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business. She serves as Co-Chair on the Board of Cure Violence, a non-profit dedicated to stopping violence in some of the world’s most high-risk communities, and is an active volunteer, advising in official and unofficial roles, to a number of start-ups and non-profits.

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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #94: Sponsored by Intel

21.07.2015 (10:00 am) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::


Intel Girl Geek DinnerJoin Intel and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 for an Intel Girl Geek Dinner!

Come enjoy an evening full of mingling, food and drinks, speakers, demos, and more at the Intel Robert Noyce Building – 2200 Mission College Blvd. Santa Clara, CA 95054!

Our line-up will include an awesome girl geek panel on how Intel is making amazing experiences possible with end-to-end solutions for a smart and connected world. We’ll wrap up the night with a chance for you to win one of our great raffle prizes.

Twitter handles: @WomenAtIntel @BayAreaGGD
Event hashtag: #IntelGirlGeekDinner


Enter the lottery for a chance to
WIN a free ticket to Intel Girl Geek Dinner!

- Deadline to enter the lottery is MIDNIGHT July 24nd, 2015 -

The lottery is for non-Intel attendees. Intel employees should register through Women at Intel Network (WIN-SC).

Please bring your Government Issued ID, as Intel staff will be checking at the door.

Intel Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:30pm – Check-in (Government Issued ID is required), Networking, Demos, Food & Drinks

6:30pm – 7:30pm – Networking, Demos, Food & Drinks

7:30pm – 8:00pm – Panel Discussion: Making Amazing Experiences Possible

8:00pm – 8:30pm – Post Panel Networking, Dessert, and Raffle Prizes

*As a courtesy to our Speakers, check-in will close at 6:30pm

Intel Girl Geek Speakers!

Genevieve BellGenevieve Bell (Vice President, Corporate Strategy Office, Intel Fellow)

Genevieve Bell is an Intel Fellow and vice president of the Corporate Strategy Office at Intel Corporation. She leads a team of social scientists, interaction designers, human factors engineers and computer scientists focused on people’s needs and desires to help shape new Intel products and technologies. An accomplished anthropologist and researcher, Genevieve joined Intel in 1998. She has been granted a number of patents for consumer electronics innovations throughout her career, with additional patents in the user experience space pending, and is the author of numerous journal papers and articles. She was named an Intel Fellow in 2008. In addition to her position at Intel, Genevieve is a highly regarded industry expert and frequent commentator on the intersection of culture and technology. She has been featured in publications such as Wired, Forbes, The Atlantic, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She is also a sought-after public speaker and panelist at technology conferences worldwide for the insights she has gained from extensive international field work and research. Her industry recognition includes being listed among the “100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company in 2010, induction in the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame in 2012, and being honored as the 2013 Woman of Vision for Leadership by the Anita Borg Institute. Genevieve’s book, “Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing,” written in collaboration with Paul Dourish, was published by MIT Press in 2011. She holds a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Stanford University, where she was a lecturer in the anthropology department from 1996 to 1998.

Sandra LopezSandra Lopez (Director, Strategic Alliances for Wearables, New Devices Group, Intel)

Sandra Lopez joined Intel in 2005 as B2B Integrated Marketing Manager. Leveraging her vast and proven marketing experience within the technology sector, she quickly began to transform B2B Marketing within Intel. She was then chartered to drive Intel’s Consumer Marketing Strategy group in which she led Intel’s focus on the Masterbrand, Intel. She launched Intel’s first smartphone and Android-based tablets. In this role, she trail blazed efforts on advocacy marketing, which garnered several accolades including the 2013 Marketers that Matter award sponsored by the Wall Street Journal and Sage Group. Currently, she has been chartered to drive Intel’s Wearable Business Development Strategy within the Fashion/Sports/Fitness vertical. She has been a vocal voice on driving the convergence between fashion and technology.

Hillarie PrestopineHillarie Prestopine (Vice President, Software and Services Group; Director, Open Source Technology Center Core Operating System Engineering, Intel)

Hillarie Prestopine is vice president in the Software and Services Group and director of core operating system engineering in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for product delivery and platform enabling of Intel® architecture-based processors on the Android operating system and has been influential in the development of the Intel® Reference Design for Android.
Hillarie joined Intel in 1996 as a software applications engineer in the developer relations group. Beginning in 2002, she spent six years as a strategic relationship manager in Intel’s Sales and Marketing Group (SMG), with responsibility for Linux and open source software companies. Her focus in that role included working with vendors such as Borland, Canonical, Novell/SuSe, Veritas and Wind River to port and optimize their software for Intel architecture. Later at SMG, she led the Red Hat account team and managed Intel’s worldwide relationship with Red Hat Software. Hillarie joined the Open Source Technology Center in 2009 to manage the engineering planning and product execution team. Her responsibilities in that position included overseeing technology roadmaps, engineering schedules, engineering decision-making, information engineering, community relations and licensing. Before assuming her current role, Hillarie spent two years directing the core Web technologies team and the user experience design and development teams, helping Intel become an influential player in the Web technology industry and establishing user experience capabilities within the company. Hillarie holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA degree from the University of California, Davis. She earned an Intel Achievement Award in 2010 for contributing to Intel differentiation and strategic flexibility through open source software.

Sandra RiveraSandra Rivera (Vice President, Data Center Group; General Manager, Network Platforms Group, Intel)

Sandra Rivera is the Vice President for the Network Platforms Group of Intel, a business group focused on delivering leading edge technology and solutions to the networking industry. Prior to her current role, Sandra held marketing and business development positions for 14 years at Intel, focused on network infrastructure segments and customers, with responsibility for product marketing, segment marketing, channel and ecosystem marketing. Sandra is on the board of the Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) Linux Foundation collaborative project and serves as Marketing Chair of OPNFV. Prior to Intel, she co-founded The CTI Authority, a computer telephony distributor, served as president of Catalyst Telecom’s Computer Telephony division and had responsibility for the Dialogic sales organization in the eastern US and Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University.

Rose SchoolerRose Schooler (Vice President, Internet of Things Group; General Manager, IoT Strategy and Technology Office, Intel)

Rose Schooler is Vice President of the Internet of Things Group (IOTG) and General Manager of Things Strategy and Technology Office at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for managing the IoT strategy across all of Intel’s assets, including development of strategic business objectives, an end-to-end implementation strategy, driving external industry and partner leadership, and technical alignment to deliver foundational IoT technologies and solutions. Previously, Rose was Vice President of the Data Center Group and general manager of Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group at Intel Corporation. Her organization was responsible for delivering platforms for the networking and storage market segments as well as providing solutions for telecommunications service providers. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Science & Engineering and joined Intel in 1989 holding several positions in fab, packaging and marketing.

Suzan MillerSuzan Miller (Corporate Vice President; Deputy General Counsel; Corporate Secretary, Intel)

Suzan Miller is corporate secretary, vice president and deputy general counsel of Intel Corporation. She manages the worldwide legal team for Intel’s Corporate Legal Group. Since joining Intel in 1991, she has held a number of positions including general counsel of Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment organization, and vice president of the Business Legal Group. She is the executive sponsor for the Santa Clara Women at Intel Network, a member of Intel’s Network of Executive Women Leaders, and an executive sponsor of Intel’s Legal Diversity program. Suzan sits on the board of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) and the board of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). She also oversees Intel’s legal pro bono programs, and is an active pro bono participant in the community and holds board positions at the Santa Clara Law Foundation and the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services. Prior to joining Intel, she worked for the law firms of Irell & Manella and Morrison & Foerster. She received her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. degree from Santa Clara University.

Suzan MillerDanielle Mastrangel Brown (Chief of Staff, Intel; Technical Assistant to CEO)

Danielle Brown serves as the Chief of Staff and Technical Assistant for Brian Krzanich, CEO, Intel Corporation. In this role, Danielle is responsible for providing strategic and operational support to Brian and Intel’s Management Committee members. Previously, Danielle has held various leadership roles in the Human Resources organization, having most recently served as Chief of Staff, Human Resources, where she led key strategic HR initiatives and programs, provided HR Support for Intel executives, and managed the global operations of HR staff. Danielle has led Intel’s Network of Executive Women (iNEW) initiative for several years, and actively involved in developing Intel’s female leadership pipeline. Danielle joined Intel in 2009 as part of the Accelerated Leadership Program. She worked as a Channel Marketing Manager in Intel’s PC Client Group, as a Business Development Manager in the Internet of Things Group, and then joined HR as the Director of the Accelerated Leadership Program. Prior to Intel, Danielle worked as a strategy consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and then spent nearly a decade in the biotech industry in sales and marketing, holding a variety of leadership roles in field sales, with Abbott Laboratories, TAP Pharmaceuticals, and Gilead Sciences. Danielle received her MBA from the University of Michigan and her BA from Michigan State University.

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Bay Area Girl Geek Dinner #93: Sponsored by Zendesk

20.07.2015 (2:31 pm) – Filed under: Girl Geek Dinners ::

Join Zendesk and Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners on Thursday, July 30th for a Zendesk Girl Geek Dinner!

Come enjoy an evening full of mingling, food and drinks, speakers, and more at the Zendesk office in downtown San Francisco! (directions)

The line-up will include a Zendesk girl geek panel on career paths!

We hope you can make it and look forward to meeting you soon!

Zendesk Girl Geek Dinner Agenda

5:30pm – 6:00pm: Check-in, Networking, Demos, Food & Dessert
6:00pm – 7:00pm: Zendesk Girl Geeks Panel Discussion
7:00pm – 8:00pm: More Networking!

Event hashtag: #ZendeskGirlGeekDinner
Your hosts: @BayAreaGGD @Zendesk


Enter the lottery for a chance to
WIN a free ticket to the Zendesk Girl Geek Dinner!

- Deadline to enter the lottery is MIDNIGHT July 22nd, 2015 -

Zendesk Girl Geeks

Ana Martinez (Zendesk Senior Software Engineer)

Ana Martinez is a Senior Software Engineer at Zendesk working with the security-development team. In the past, Ana worked with the sustaining and the internationalization team. Before Zendesk, Ana graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a Masters degree in Information Technologies. In her spare time she likes to cook, but mostly eat. Follow her on Twitter @ana_checho.

Joy Carletti (Zendesk Global Escalation Manager)

Joy Carletti is Zendesk’s Global Escalations Manager, acting as the bridge between Support and Engineering/Ops/Security. At work, she’s passionate about deploy processes, risk management, and communicating changes well. In real life, she loves improv, writing, and basset hounds. Joy has worked in theatre, health insurance, and the mutual fund industry, so notes that the path to being a “woman in tech” can take a circuitous route to its end reward. Follow her on Twitter @LaughAtlantis.

Sarah Kay (Zendesk Data Analyst)

Sarah Kay is a Data Analyst with the Support Operations Team, where she uses her extensive knowledge of reporting tools and practices to analyze the company’s operations data and present it in a meaningful and actionable format. Sarah started in Tier 2 Support, where she was lead product expert of Zendesk Reporting and Analytics Tools. She is passionate about growing her expertise of reporting technologies and practices that yield a deeper understanding of business operations and result in optimal decision making both for Zendesk as well as our customers. She enjoys spending time with her friends, traveling and exploring hobbies that engage her creatively. If you were to catch up with her outside the office, its likely to be at cafe that serves great breakfast and has crossword puzzles.

Liz Allen (Zendesk HRIS Analyst)

Liz Allen has spent her entire career at high growth tech companies, primarily in San Diego (they are trying to make “Silicon Beach” stick). With experience in SDLC management, complex system implementations, revamping business processes and the ever exciting world of compliance, she has had a taste of everything in the world of taking a company from the start up phase through IPO. She can count the number of times she has technically used her Economics major on one hand, and at any given moment she would rather be playing soccer or hanging out with her dog.

Mindy Lieberman (Zendesk Vice President IT)

Mindy Lieberman is VP of IT at Zendesk, specializing in cloud architectures, business 6, compliance programs, and custom development management. Prior to joining Zendesk, Mindy headed the IT Applications group at Salesforce, building out technology solutions to support internal business units. Mindy has also served as VP of Engineering and Operations at Edgenuity, a SaaS start-up providing analytics for K-12 education, and had spent over 9 years in various engineering and management roles in Cisco. Mindy is a champion for delivering quality using Agile development methodologies. She holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, and a bachelor’s from The Cooper Union. Follow her on Twitter @mindy_lieberman.

Prakriti Mateti (Zendesk Senior Software Engineer)

Prakriti Mateti is a Senior Software Engineer at Zendesk in Melbourne working with the App Market team. She graduated at the top of her Master of Information Technology course from Swinburne University of Technology and has previously worked at ThoughtWorks India. Prakriti loves travelling and food, experimenting with different cuisines, and experiencing different cultures. She is a voracious reader and dabbles in art and adventure sports, and dreams of getting a pilot license some day and buying her own airplane.