I’m Amber, just your everyday average hybrid model of Pakistani roots and Texan cowboy boots.
I dabble in reverse engineering things, OD on coffee, linguistic studies, and training for half marathons when I can make it off the couch. As a software consultant, I live over at that intersection where breaking and building things is an everyday balance of passion and pitfalls. For me, being in the tech realm is like being in high school all over again (minus all the Fall Out Boy and teenage angst). Back to the days of sitting in 3rd period learning how to code my very first program in Java for the first time in my life.
I frequent classrooms with CTOs and Head Directors of Integration, surrounded by new obstacles but excited by the possibility to test and play with tech to solve problems in the coolest ways. It might take me dozens of cappuccinos, hours of creative workarounds, and days of configuring only to reconfigure yet again - but I’m just that kid in the classroom feeding my inquisitive parameters.
Oh and one more thing - I’m the only girl in the room. The top articles on LinkedIn tell me “The Future is Female”, #IWD2019 is trending on Twitter, but sometimes I’m still the only girl in that room. I watch the eyes of Directors light up as I show them quicker ways to build microservices to fit their integration pattern needs. I listen to the feedback of how they look to use Event-driven architectures and absolve challenges currently slowing them down. I note down the ideas they spark in me for ways to build better solutions and points to pass on to our development teams to continue making the better into the best. I forget I’m the only girl in the room with the powerful possibilities of Flogo and a little birdie named Flynn told me we’re only getting started. We’re closer now than ever before on closing the gaps of female representation and inclusion in the tech industry. Communities like Flogo on Github uniting hundreds of developers, men and women alike, are at the root of technology, innovation, and building the experiences to make sure women and girls can play the parts they want. Whether that’s as a IoT developer testing the ultra-lightweight capabilities, with multi-thread methods and concurrency models from the GoLang based foundations of Flogo or using the Flogo CLI or Go APIs to build custom apps. From 100% Open Source down to completely low-code flow building in your browser, I love that Flogo supports a world where tech enhances who we are. Tech can drive out the vibrancies and depths of our personalities we didn’t know we had when we’re powered to build in all the ways we love to build.
So whether I’m calling
turnLeft() three times to make a right with Karel J Robot or remotely turning off my lights with Alexa and Flogo, I’m proud to be part of something much bigger as a Woman in Tech.