Every now and then you meet those people who are not only technically gifted but they also have artistic talents. Carol Kariuki is a Software Developer: VituMob, Web / Mobile Developer, Facebook Community Co-Lead: Nairobi and professional Singer. I had the honor of meeting her at the Developer Circle Summit in Lagos this past December.
When and how did you start coding?
I first came across a computer in 2002 when I was 10 years old. The PC piqued my interest and I would always look forward to Computer Class. That is where I learned the basics of a computer all through Primary School, up until High School, where I started Programming.
We programmed using Visual Basic and Pascal, and I sat for my final High School Computer Project that Involved Digitizing a Hotel System that was run manually.
After High School my interests were more refined and I wanted to pursue Programming, and Mobile Programming to be specific. That is when I enrolled to College in 2010 to study Mobile Programming. The curriculum was MIT Based and it was really intense. I started off with Java, J2ME, PHP, HTML, CSS, DotMobi and Flash :D
It was always exciting to write programs and see them run on mobile devices. I then became a Symbian App Developer, and created over 10 apps that run on the Nokia Platform. Technology grew and I dived into Windows Phone Programming as well as Android programming.
I then joined the workplace as a Web Developer and Mobile Developer in different Companies, over a period of 3 years.
During that time, I also volunteered to teach Android Programming at Nairobi Dev School. That was one of my highlights, and I really enjoyed that phase.
What Keeps You Motivated?
What motivates me is the endless possibilities that are in Technology and knowing that you can actually create anything using code. This means that there’s a better chance at solving problems and making work more efficient.
What are some of your proudest accomplishments as a woman in Tech?
Being awarded as one of the developers with the best apps by my former college.
Being featured 3 times on various Daily Newspapers as a Female Developer.
Being Invited as a Speaker for the graduating class of 2018.
Championing for more women in tech through Womens-Circle, which is a subgroup of Nairobi Developer Circle.
Being a community co-lead for Nairobi Developer Circles.
What are you looking forward to as a Developer?
I am looking forward to transitioning to a Data Scientist. I have already started my Data Science Program and I am ecstatic! There’s so much data that I believe could be put to better use, especially where I work, so I would like to use Data Science to help make decisions and do advance my career.
I am also looking into the world of Augmented Reality and I have created some basic AR Filters.
visit her website: http://www.carolkariuki.com/