This year started with a number of exciting speaking opportunities to share the topics that are really close to my heart i.e. “career transition”, “diversity and inclusion” and “innovation” and “working from home”.


On April 17, 2020, I was invited for a fireside chat hosted by Startup Grind Pakistan to share my experience of working from home and building a global digital community that allowed its members to learn and grow globally within without getting restricted by their location. Here is an overview of that engaing conversation with Ezza and Arzish Azam.

A conscious choice to work from home

Three years ago I made a conscious choice to work for a global tech company that enabled me to work from home so I could harmonize my work and life priorities, watch my kids grow, take care of my aging mother…


Only fools do not use tools — said an engineer

A fool with a tool is still a fool — said another engineer

No matter which statement you believe in more, the reality is that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we work, collaborate, socialize, and connect. My brain is already thinking about all the possibilities that can change the future of the workplace, human to human interaction, global health, travel, digital virtual experiences, and more. In my view, a new era of innovation is upon us. …


Panic and anxiety associated with COVID-19 are spreading at the same rate as the disease itself. The US government announced a national emergency last week, and a large number of countries are closing their borders to non-citizens to flight the spread of the disease. All major conferences, concerts, and events have been canceled, schools and universities have been closed, air travel is becoming impossible, local businesses are getting impacted, and “social distancing” is recommended. Amid this “changing by the minute” situation, many companies are mandating their employees to “work from home” (WFH) to flatten the curve.

We are facing a…


Disclaimer: The views and opinions are my own and do not represent any company

During my 15+ years of working in tech, there have been more than once, I moved from “work from office” to “work from home” arrangements. It was both by choice and in response to a crisis situation. No matter what leads to a WFH scenario, the working model essentially remains the same. …


No fun story starts with, “everything went great just as I expected.” A series of dramatic and unexpected events make a story worth remembering. The same happened to me this month, this week, and yesterday when I saw several things happening and moving at lightning speed amid the global crisis involving coronavirus. I boarded my flight to Vienna from Seattle last night, and in a dramatic series of events, I left the plane (as the news from the US President came) right before it took off. Here is how the whole situation unfolded.

At the gate before the flight

This year, my first talk as a…


My multidisciplinary background (software testing, open-source development, product, women in computing, traveler, immigrant) enables me to seek patterns and connections that may not be obvious to many. Using that power, today, I am bringing forward a connection that software development and women in the computing community may find interesting!

Google Doodle 9th December 2013: Celebrating Admiral Grace Hopper’s 107 Birthday

Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (1906–1992) is a pioneer in the field of computer science. …


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GHC Scholarships for Students and Faculty

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To me writing is “an act of faith, not a trick of grammar”, however, I do get distracted by the fact that English is not my first language and I may not be able to reflect my thoughts as deeply and as accurately as they occur to me. In 2020, I have finally decided to ditch that thought and here I am, ready to give it another shot!

My Blogging Journey So Far!

It’s always important to me to remember the journey, and how far I have come in pursuing my dreams. Let me take you down the memory lane with me!

Guest Blogger with Knowledge Tester

My blogging journey…

Huma Hamid

Lifelong Learner | Unapologetic Dreamer | Tech Maker | Co-founder @pwic_org | Insignificant in this Grand Scheme of Universe

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