I had never attended a RSA® conference before. In fact, it was my first time at a Cybersecurity conference. I had previous experience attending other conferences, such as the ACM/IEEE Supercomputing Conference (SC) and the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women in Computing. However, they were not as “big” as RSA®C.

When I found out I was nominated to represent New York University as a Security Scholar at RSA®C, I started doing research on the conference itself, attendance numbers, sessions, etc…, but had no idea what to expect. There is so much to do; and on top of that, as Security Scholars we must attend some events tailored exclusively for us. Some advice from this is: look up the entire conference program ahead of time and create your schedule at least a week before, save it in your phone’s calendar if possible. …

Creating awesome end-user experiences while trying to exceed expectations, is every developer’s dream. The road ahead is bound to be a rollercoaster ride. A ride full of bugs, some roadblocks, testing and even failing once in a while. The good news is, the road is also bound to be full of joy and learning. That is what I love about my job.

I always enjoy working on a team, although that is not always possible. It depends on the company size, project deadlines and resource allocation, to mention some examples. …


Paola Garcia

Lifelong learner, technology & soccer lover.

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