Participant story: Eileen
“I’d like to help show folks that there is more tech than ‘just coding’ and I’m excited to explore all the different options out there to find out what fits me best.”
1) Tell us a little about your life.
I am a second generation Asian American who grew up in Delaware, the state no one has heard of. I ended up getting a bachelor’s in Wildlife Science in Virginia and then heading overseas to Taiwan to get a master’s in the same field. I came back to the States right at the beginning of 2020 and started working as a Scientific Technician for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Though most of my background is in biological research, I’ve been interested and invested in learning coding since all the way back in high school, so I am excited to start taking my official first steps!
2) What made you decide to apply for Techtonica?
I had heard about Techtonica in passing a few years back, but at the time I was finishing my master’s degree and later I began working full-time, so I never really had the time to consider delving into coding. This year I had a short season, so when my buddy brought up Techtonica again I decided to give it a shot.
3) What are you most excited to learn while at Techtonica?
I’m really excited to learn more about building a webpage from the ground up. I know a little about creating things that are more of a single purpose use but I’d like to learn how everything fits together into a finished product. I’m also super excited to learn more about what falls under the “tech’ umbrella outside of software engineering!
4) What do you want to contribute to or change about the tech industry?
I’d like to help show folks that there is more tech than “just coding” and I’m excited to explore all of the different options out there to find out what fits me best.
5) What’s your dream project?
I love working with wildlife, so I’m still working on how to fit that in with software engineering. I imagine it would incorporate getting the public involved with data collection, kind of like how eBird does things.