Never Tell Me Again Technology Is A Boy’s Club

By Frederique Bros
on 16 June 2014

Last month during an IT event, some journalists told me the technology world is a boy’s club and women have nothing to do in this industry! Wow, I was speechless, and surely my feelings were badly hurt. Never tell me again technology is a boy’s club! 

This is the 21 century, and technology is an amazing and exciting emerging industry. There are amazing women in technology, excelling in their fields, to name a few, here a short list of top female leaders in technology.

Top Female Leaders

  • Cher Wang, Cofounder and Chairperson, HTC 
  • Meg Whitman, President and CEO, of HP
  • Ursula Burns, CEO and Chairperson, Xerox
  • Virginia Rometty, President and CEO, IBM
  • Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
  • Safra A. Catz, President and CFO, Oracle
  • Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo

It’s time to change mentalities and to celebrate women in technology, particularly female developers. Catch up with Apple’s latest big news, you can watch in streamline the 2014 WWDC (Apple Worldwide Developers Conference). It’s a very cool video filled with exciting announcements. Apps improve people’s lives, developers are simply genius putting themselves in our shoes making our lives easier and funnier. Let’s see a brief outline of three amazing female developers.

Female developers who are changing the world one app at a time

Caroline Kinny-Lews – Big Baby 

Never Tell Me Again Technology Is A Boy's Club

Two friends and mothers to young children, Caroline and Gabrielle founded Big Ice Cream in 2012 to produce apps for pre-school and early primary school aged children on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch. They believe learning isn’t just ABCs and 123s and that it’s just as important that children learn to communicate with and understand others. Their apps are designed to reflect the diverse social and community experiences of all young children. They wanted to encourage learning through investigation, role-play and fun.

Big Baby app gives children aged 3 to 6 a baby of their own to comfort, feed, dress and care for. Created in collaboration with educators and children, it is one of a small group of ‘open play’ digital games that let children explore, discover and learn in their own way using touch and swipe on the iPad and iPhone. They have achieved global success, rave customer reviews and even picked up the App Store Best of 2013 award for Innovative Kids App. The App Store has provided a global stage for Big Baby with Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and China among the most popular markets.

Nagi Maehashi – RecipeTin App

Nagi created RecipeTin App with her mother, Yumiko Maehashi after deciding their huge family recipe collection was scattered across numerous locations and they wanted one central place to keep them. RecipeTin is a unique recipe app that lets users capture recipes from absolutely anywhere – both printed and handwritten recipes – without having to manually type them in. Nagi wanted people to be able to use the built-in camera in their iPhone or iPad to capture and save recipes on the fly be it a brochure at Woolworths, or a magazine in the doctor’s waiting room (instead of guiltily ripping out the page), email, websites, recipes you have typed up on your computer or even handwritten recipes that live in the “recipe tin” on the kitchen bench! They wanted people to have access to their recipes anywhere, anytime to share with friends. An app for iPhone was the most obvious solution.

Passionate about Apple products, Nagi is a self-taught developer and became dedicated to building an app from “the ground up” for iPad that takes advantage of the bigger screen real-estate and one for iPhone that works beautifully in the smaller format. It had to be seamless. To date the feedback from customers as far as Canada and the USA has been very inspiring and helped Nagi believe she made the right decision to leave her career as an accountant to focus on developing her iOS app full-time!

Those stories are so inspiring. I just want to say go ladies! I would like to thank Caroline (Big Baby) and Nagi (RecipeTin) for answering a few of Women Love Tech’s questions about their career, their app and their passion for technology. To read their full interview, please click here: Female developers who are changing the world.

I am proud to be a woman and to work in technology. Women Love Tech was created with the view to support women’s understanding of technology and to translate ‘tech speak’ into everyday language with a beautiful visual site and articles. Last thing to say, go girls, you are amazing!

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