Jessica’s First Post, Joins the Adafruit Community and Support Team!

Jessica along with friend and fellow Adafruit staffer Will at an Anamanaguchi show

Hi, I’m Jessica Califano. I’ve been at Adafruit for just under a year now and have already experienced almost every aspect of the company, such as putting together our electronics kits, gathering the products for each order, and eventually shipping packages.

I’m now joining the Community and Support team as a Support Team Lead, and I am thrilled to join my colleagues on our social media venues.

I graduated from NYU in 2010 with a degree in Media, Culture, and Communications and have been working in social media and blogging for several fashion companies since then. Most recently, I worked with Anthem Wares on their social media and website. Here’s a mix I made for their online magazine.

I’m excited to bring my fashion experience to Adafruit’s coverage of the intersection of fashion and technology: wearable electronics, 3D printed clothing and accessories, materials innovation, and design.

I am also looking forward to spending time focusing on the role of women in technology, highlighting the amazing female engineers, makers, hackers, and artists who are making major contributions to their fields and paving the way for generations of young women to come. As a feminist, I feel these issues are important to highlight, especially since I work with some of the most talented female engineers in the world here at Adafruit.

Working at Adafruit has peaked my interest in electronics. I recently started exploring Arduino with our ARDX kit and have been thoroughly enjoying it! I’m hoping to eventually make our SousViduino project since I love to cook. (Okay my boyfriend loves to cook. I’m not the best at it.) Here’s a vine my co-worker Jeff and I racing solar powered toy cars as part of our “product testing” duties. Jeff cheated and reverse polarized his car to make it go faster.

See you on the site, and when you reach out to us for help with your orders!


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