Author: SG Geek Girls

Spacemob's Head of Engineering: Beverly Dolor

An Interview with Spacemob’s Head of Engineering: Beverly Dolor

What does a day in the life of a Head of Engineering at a co-working space look like? We chat with Spacemob’s Head of Engineering, Beverly Dolor to find out more!¬†Spacemob is a coworking space that builds foundations for businesses by providing space, technology, and connections. By laying down the groundwork, companies can thrive with purpose. With their space as the starting point, Spacemob is endlessly building proprietary tools like with member matching technologies to enable you to augment your business, and scale it to the heights of your imagination.   What’s a typical work day for you like? Coffee ūüôā Check and reply to emails.¬† See pending tasks on our tasks list that our very organised and efficient Head of Product maintains. Check-up on team members see if they need anything from me before I dive right into coding.¬†In some days sync-ups with my fellow engineers to check on them and to see what other tasks we can work on in the next days.¬† Since we are a startup, I also get asked to …

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SG Geek Girls Reboot! Featuring Anthea Tang, GM, Rokkan Singapore

It’s been a while since we’ve done a meetup and we’ve missed you! We had a special reboot meetup on 27th September at a brand new, swanky, co-working space in Orchard called Spacemob and¬†had so many lovely people join us! Here’s a quick summary of the talks and the video links for you to watch the recaps if you’ve missed them! SG Geek Girls Meetup featuring Anthea Tang, GM, Rokkan Singapore Speaker #1: Anthea Tang, GM, Rokkan Singapore From a degree in industrial engineering, to working on optimizing public transport through software, and now being MD of a digital creative agency, Anthea shared about her journey with the many sides of technology and how a background in tech gave her a headstart in her career. Watch her full talk if you’re wondering how a background¬†in tech can bring you places! Speaker #2:¬†Roopal Kondepudi Roopal is (was) the youngest attendee of our first SG Geek Girls workshop back in 2012! 4 years on, she’s come a long way from our HTML and CSS workshop! Roopal¬†talked about …

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SG Geek Girls Maker Series #3 with Cindy Lin

In our earlier interview with Cindy, we talked about The Nenek Project. In the 3rd edition of our Maker Series talks,¬†we had the opportunity to catch Cindy before she flew off to Michigan to do her PhD in Information Science with¬†her talk on “Snails, herbs and Ibu-Ibu: Recounting transnational tinkering moments“. In the cosy space of IDA@Labs in National Design Centre, Cindy shared about her projects and collaborations such as: – Starting the Sewon Food Lab,¬†a space not only for urban farming and food experimentation but also acts as a springboard for critical discussion surrounding issues such as food safety and security, agricultural productivity, health and medicine, biodiversity, and in large, our human-nonhuman relations – DIY projects and workshops such as creating personal lubricants, dispelling stereotypes in Indonesia – Making¬†abstract paper sculptures with¬†snail poo (!!!) –¬†Squat & Grow,¬†a quasi-legal gathering of tinkerers, enthusiasts and amateurs in Singapore creating a space of transient food fancy and bacteria economies. –¬†(Re)Thinking Invasive Alien Species, a project that wishes to not only trace the introductions and establishments of invasive …

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[Workshop] Introduction to Mobile App Development with Android

Ever wanted to translate your idea into an app but don’t know where to start? In our recent workshop, ¬†our instructor Laura Brandon¬†brought 10 ladies¬†¬†through their¬†first steps in learning about Android App Development. Android is a Linux-based, open source mobile operating system developed by Google. Applications developed on Android are written in the Java programming language, and due to the open nature, ¬†anyone can develop Android apps! Our workshop was led by¬†Laura Brandon. Laura is a software engineer from NEC and an avid innovator. Currently Singapore-based, she began her career in New Zealand and is pursuing her dream of working abroad. We began with a round of introductions, talking about the motivations behind learning about Android.¬†Laura has created¬†several Android applications including a human-to-dog matching app for Fox Network’s star dog trainer, Cesar Millan and also augmented reality ‘smart glasses’ conducting facial recognition! We cosied together at¬†National Design Centre on Sunday, 14th June and were given¬†a high level introduction to mobile app development. Participants got to start¬† on the Android Studio platform (a tool for Android …

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SG Geek Girls Maker Series #2: Anna Filippova

In our SG Geek Girls Makers Series #2, Anna Filippova, co-organizer of RubySG and current PhD Candidate at the National University of Singapore talked to us about the Paradox¬†of Open Source software. The Open Source movement has been around for a long time, but here are some common myths that Anna debunked during her talk. Myth #1. Free/Open source software is a new idea Since the 1950s, the¬†most famous group of people that were using¬†open source software, even before that term came to be,¬†were the academics at MIT. At that time, it was generally distributed under the principles of openness and co-operation long established in the fields of academia, and was not seen as a commodity in itself.¬†Source code, the human-readable form of software, was generally distributed with the software itself because users frequently modified the software themselves, because it would not run on different hardware or OS without modification, and also to fix bugs or add new functionality. Richard Stallman, formerly from the MIT Lab, launched the GNU Project in 1983 to create a …

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Feature Story: Cindy Lin from The Nenek Project

Our feature story for this month is about Cindy Lin (left in photo), co-organizer of The Nenek Project (Proyek Nenek)¬†a transnational collaboration between Stefanie Wuschitz (right in photo) , Cindy Lin and citizen lab, Lifepatch in Yogyakarta, Indonesia to encapsulate elderly women’s ways of experiencing, understanding and doing science and technology.¬† 1. Tell us about The Nenek Project Cindy: The Nenek Project is a transnational collaboration between Stefanie Wuschitz (AUS) ‚Ästgeek, artist and researcher, Lifepatch (IDN) ‚Äď a citizen initiative blending art, science and¬†technology and myself. Spending most of our time with the mothers of some Lifepatch¬†members, we attempted to understand the social and political underpinnings of the¬†vibrant DIY culture in Indonesia. From our interview narratives, we managed to identify¬†the tactical ways elderly women employ to survive in local and global economic crisis,¬†the subtle constraints of ibu ideologies, and the everyday supportive structures to elderly¬†women build together.   Poster is designed by Antirender from Lifepatch 2. What motivated you to start this project with Stefanie and Lifepatch? Cindy:¬†I will speak for myself here. As a …

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[Workshop] Learn Arduino Basics at our Electric Party!

SG Geek Girls and 12 Geeks are teaming up to hold a basics Arduino workshop called ‘Electric Party’! Cost: S$50 for SG Geek Girls (females only), S$80 for Public Addon: – Bring home your Arduino – S$30 Prices are in SGD. REGISTRATION LINK:¬†http://learn.12geeks.com/event/7 Join us for our first workshop of 2015! Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for anyone making interactive projects. In this “workshop” – you will learn the fundamentals of Arduino programming and have fun making your party gadgets with the Arduino, LEDs, sensors, actuators and simple everyday materials. We will also turn off the lights and party. *Basic programming knowledge will be great though not required. Only 5 spaces available. ūüôā Date & Time: Thursday, 23 April 2015. 7pm – 10pm Venue: Hackerspace.SG,¬†344B King George‚Äôs Avenue, Singapore 208576, Singapore Please bring your own laptop installed with the Arduino IDE. Available for download here: http://www.arduino.cc/en/main/software PLEASE REGISTER AT:¬†http://learn.12geeks.com/event/7  

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SG Geek Girls Maker Series Talk #2: The Paradox of Online Collaboration by Anna Filippova

“The paradox of online collaboration: on open source work and why open source works” by Anna Filippova [REGISTER] Details: Wednesday, April 22, 2015,¬†7:00 PM PayPal,¬†#14-01, Millenia Tower, 1 Temasek Avenue, Singapore Ever wondered what open source technologies are out there and why they matter? How should you get started with open source communities? We are so excited to have our next speaker for our SG Geek Girls Maker Series share with us about her personal journey in the open source community! Introducing our speaker:¬†Anna Filippova Anna Filippova, co-organizer of RubySG and current PhD Candidate at the National University of Singapore. Anna will be sharing with us about “The paradox of online collaboration: on open source work and why open source works“. Anna¬†is a PhD Candidate at the National University of Singapore and co-organizer of the Singapore Ruby Meetup group. Everything she knows about computers and programming, she learned from Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) development. She is constantly trying to pay this forward. Her research looks at the social dynamics of FOSS systems, charting …

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Hacking Hackathons: How we won Masters of Code SG

This is a special guest post by Gwen Yi¬†@gwenific¬†. Her team One Small Step were the recent winners of the Masters of Code SG Hackathon. You can check out the demo:¬†https://one-small-step.herokuapp.com/. It all started in a¬†bootcamp. Coding bootcamp, to be exact. Jay, Kean, Daniel and I met in the March intake of¬†Code Division, an intensive 9-week web development bootcamp¬†sponsored by MaGIC. We were all there to learn Ruby on Rails, but our motivations differed;¬†Jay and Kean wanted to level up their already-badass coding¬†skills, while Dan and I simply wanted to understand technology ‚Ästand our future technical co-founders¬†‚Ästbetter. The four of us hit it off almost immediately. When Jay found out the February¬†cohort¬†was joining Masters of Code Singapore, he suggested we sign up for it as well. We concurred, thinking it would be a good place to practice the skills we‚Äôve picked up so far.¬†(The free transport played a role as well‚Ķ Thanks, Heis! ) We started brainstorming two weeks before the hackathon, but due to internal assessment exams, we couldn‚Äôt¬†give it our all.¬†Two days before …

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“The Revival of the Mechanical Arts in the Maker Movement” by Denisa Kera

Welcome to the first Singapore Geek Girls event of 2015! The Maker series highlights women in the technology who are passionate about building and sharing their work. We kick off the year by inviting Denisa Kera, Assistant Prof at NUS, who is an integral part of the Maker Movement in Asia to talk about her personal journey through various DIY, maker and hacker communities around the world, which transformed her from a philosopher to designer. Special thanks to the people who made this happen: Denisa Kera¬†for sharing about interesting maker projects in Asia! IDALabs@NDC for providing the venue ClubMate.sg for sponsoring their awesome drinks Michael Cheng from Engineers.sg for recording the talk! EVENT DETAILS: THE REVIVAL OF THE MECHANICAL ARTS IN THE MAKER MOVEMENT Mon Mar 2, 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM SGT Level 2, National Design Centre 7PM – REGISTRATION 720PM – Revival of Mechanical Arts in the Maker movement by Denisa Kera 745PM – Q&A 8PM – 9PM – Chill out and go for dinner nearby!     DENISA KERA Denisa Kera …