Elen Awalom is a pioneer in her own right and is doing great things in the tech industry.
My name is Elen Awalom and I work in the technology industry, currently as the COO of an early stage tech startup called WeRide. WeRide is a social networking platform for social changemakers backed by Google.org. I transitioned into the tech sector seven years ago after teaching myself to code. Prior to this shift, I worked in the health & wellness industry, both in healthcare management and as the co-founder of a holistic wellness & creative consulting business. I am also a serial technology entrepreneur, public speaker and Cryptocurrency investor.
In the Spring of 2013, I relocated to San Francisco (again!) to attend courses in full stack web development as part of General Assembly’s second cohort. Later that Summer, as I continued immersing myself in the world of Ruby on Rails, I began working on a health tech startup, AfriHealth, combining my passion for healthcare and technology. That Fall, I was recognized as a DigitalUndivided FOCUS100 fellow and I attended the two day conference for honorees. There I was able to hone in on my startup and decided to pivot to Curatoric. Curatoric was a platform developed to purchase the artwork of Black creatives from the African continent and Diaspora. While I continued to work on Curatoric, I also began informally organizing around issues pertaining to underrepresented women of color in STEM. Later, I would go on to found The Ola Initiative.
Since launching in Spring 2015, we’ve provided opportunities for networking, professional development, and growth opportunities for underrepresented women of color in the technology sector. The group assembled in response to the relative invisibility of Black, Latina, Pacific Islander & Native women in discussions about diversity in tech & in positions of leadership in the industry.
Today is Ada Lovelace Day! Today the world celebrates all of the accomplishments of women in science, art, design, technology, engineering, and math. Each year, Adafruit highlights a number of women who are pioneering their fields and inspiring women of all ages to make their voices heard. Today we will be sharing the stories of women that we think are modern day “Adas” alongside historical women that have made impacts in science and math.
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We are angry, frustrated, and in pain because of the violence and murder of Black people by the police because of racism. We are in the fight AGAINST RACISM. George Floyd was murdered, his life stolen. The Adafruit teams have specific actions we’ve done, are doing, and will do together as a company and culture. We are asking the Adafruit community to get involved and share what you are doing. The Adafruit teams will not settle for a hash tag, a Tweet, or an icon change. We will work on real change, and that requires real action and real work together. That is what we will do each day, each month, each year – we will hold ourselves accountable and publish our collective efforts, partnerships, activism, donations, openly and publicly. Our blog and social media platforms will be utilized in actionable ways. Join us and the anti-racist efforts working to end police brutality, reform the criminal justice system, and dismantle the many other forms of systemic racism at work in this country, read more @ adafruit.com/blacklivesmatter
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.