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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 🙂 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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Roopal Kondepudi: From HTML & CSS to Android App Developer

Singapore Geek Girls started our workshops 4 years ago with HTML & CSS. Roopal was our youngest participant at 12 years old. Four years on, she’s come a long way from just basic front-end development! Now she’s working on building Android apps and has even started a Geek Girls Chapter at Singapore American School! We chat with her to find out her aspirations for the future and some tips for those interested in learning programming. 1) Give us a brief introduction of yourself!  My name is Roopal Kondepudi, I’m 16 years old, and a high school senior at Singapore American School. 2) How did you get interested in programming? My interest in programming began when I was ten – as a birthday present, I received Lego Mindstorms. The entire summer, I built robots and took them apart; I experimented with Mindstorms’s simple drag-and-drop programming. I loved that I could make my creations come to life with programming. 3) What have you learnt so far (in terms of programming) and what are some resources you think …

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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) – geek, artist and researcher, Lifepatch (IDN) – 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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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 – and our future technical co-founders – better. 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’ve picked up so far. (The free transport played a role as well… Thanks, Heis! ) We started brainstorming two weeks before the hackathon, but due to internal assessment exams, we couldn’t give it our all. Two days before …

The best career advice ever

The Best Career Advice Ever

This is a guest post by Huifen, who is a lawyer, currently pursing her masters in law at Edinburgh University. She writes about technology and law at aicalico.com On 21 Nov, I attended a careers masterclass organised by the Saltire Foundation at Edinburgh University. It was one of the best classes I’ve ever attended. I’ll like to share some learning points here. The speaker, Dr Suzanne Doyle-Morris, spoke honestly about how women can succeed in male-dominated fields. This is her professional area of research. However, I took away great advice applicable to all, regardless of gender or stage of their career. It also applies to people working for themselves or building a startup. 1. No one will ever care more about your career/ growth than you yourself. This seems like such a truism, yet I saw many in the audience nodding along with me when Dr Doyle-Morris said this. In our working lives, we often think that hard work and results alone will naturally bring accolades and promotions. Or that one’s line manager or HR …