Technology is always evolving, and keeping up might feel overwhelming. Luckily, having your finger on its pulse could be as easy as opening your Twitter account and checking out what some inspiring women in IT have to say.
Women may still not be in the majority in the field, but there are many doing amazing work. These female thought leaders and insiders share the latest news about their specialties, as well as their thoughts and challenges as women in tech. From big data to device security, here are eight of the most innovative women in IT you should follow on Twitter.
1. Poornima Vijayashanker: @poornima
Poornima Vijayashanker is the founder of Femgineer, an organization promoting inclusivity and helping techies advance in their careers. She was also the cofounder and CTO of OPEAR, an on-demand caregiver app, and was the founding engineer for the finance-managing app Mint. Vijayshanker is a huge advocate for women in IT, and she frequently shares tweets from female colleagues. She also shares a lot of tips on the soft skills that can help you and your employees succeed in tech.
CONFESSION: I'm SUPER guilty of ganging up on designers and de-prioritizing product debt... But I've learned it's not a good practice. Learn why you need to make room to pay down product debt just like tech debt in this Build Tip https://t.co/PG8xnldCNX #productdesign #design pic.twitter.com/M9CpE4SxTO— poornima (@poornima) May 25, 2018
2. Mirjana Spasojevic: @spasojevic
As Head of Immersive Experiences at HP, Mirjana Spasojevic designs cool activities that explore how users interact with technology, like taking people on a zero-gravity flight to demonstrate a space printer. She tweets about the future of connected devices and often addresses device security, as well as the growing concerns of customers worried about being tapped or tracked without their knowledge.
HP took me on a zero-gravity flight to promote their space printer https://t.co/sDNm2uKuDj— Mirjana Spasojevic (@spasojevic) February 11, 2018
3. Reshma Saujani: @reshmasaujani
Reshma Saujani is the founder of Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology field. A major influencer in promoting women in tech, her TED talk on encouraging female bravery has received more than three and a half million views. She’s also written two books about female leadership in tech. Saujani shares news articles about women in tech, and her tweets give advice on how to encourage and empower girls to enter the industry.
When I meet incredible leaders like @xoAmani who are making such a huge difference for young girls across the country, I'm hopeful. If we could create more leaders like Amani this world will just be a better place. Listen in on our conversation: https://t.co/fUvl8HhA4d— Reshma Saujani (@reshmasaujani) May 9, 2018
4. Kimberly Bryant: @6gems
Kimberly Bryant is the founder of Black Girls Code, a nonprofit working to disrupt tech’s diversity problem by offering a coding camp for girls of color. Formerly a technical project manager, she tweets about the importance of diversity in startups. Bryant also shares inspiring stories about minorities making their mark in a variety of fields.
Sooo...when I go on my little soapbox about this thing called a "tech pipeline"? This pic is what I mean. Almost 100 little Black/brown girls (in Oakland) doing robotics the Sat before Christmas. pic.twitter.com/408m1BqHmM— Kimberly Bryant (@6Gems) December 16, 2017
5. Nikki Roda: @nikkiroda
Nikki Roda was the senior interaction designer for VMware, where she protoyped and tested new product ideas. She recently founded a design consultancy firm called Deduce Designs, where she helps firms revitalize and reimagine what’s possible in their products. Her passion is cutting through complicated information and presenting it in a user-friendly way. She was also the first recipient and namesake of University of Michigan’s Nikki Candelore Roda Student Impact Award, which is presented to the graduate student who shows the most initiative and dedication to service. Roda tweets about the future of technology, as well as a variety of issues affecting women today.
Can't stop talking about @simonsinek's #startwithwhy. My copy is #dogeared and covered with my notes. I've #recommended it to all of my team members. It is #inspiring me to create a team with this sense of #purpose https://t.co/qNLC722wDa— Nikki Roda (@NikkiRoda) November 14, 2017
6. Gina Trapani: @ginatrapani
Gina Trapani is the founder of Lifehacker, a blog about software and productivity. She’s also the cofounder of the positive affirmation app ThinkUp. Trapani has also hosted two podcasts: This Week in Google and All About Android. She tweets out recommendations for products that make your life and job easier, posts job opportunities, and shares her views on working in the field of tech.
“But... but... does the world really _need_ this?”: my reaction to a lot of new tech these days— Gina Trapani ?️? (@ginatrapani) May 2, 2018
7. Joanna Stern: @joannastern
Joanna Stern writes for the Wall Street Journal and reviews the latest products in technology. She’s also the newspaper’s deputy chief video editor. If you want to stay on top of the latest gadgets and apps, follow her tweets. She shares information about making smarter tech decisions and tips on the best video shooting, editing, and presentation techniques.
8. Margaret Dawson: @seattledawson
Margaret Dawson calls herself a “technology evangelist.” Her career has involved working for several startups, where she used her marketing expertise to develop brands that became successful acquisitions. She shares a ton of great news stories and tweets about big data, cloud computing, and the digital transformation.
Following these women and others like them will do more than help you keep up with new updates in the tech world. They’ll also get you motivated to grow your career and support your colleagues. Looking to learn even more about inspiring female techies? Check out this piece on the wonder women of IT.