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Women are techmakers. How can you become one?

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This is a long overdue post. I’m still writing this though because people must know that women in the tech industry are growing and that they are empowered to make a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). I recently attended my second WomenTechmakers Event. My first one was way back 2015 and I’m glad that I was able to join again this year. The event in Cagayan de Oro City was organized by the Google Developers Group-Cagayan de Oro.

                         Left to Right: EvaMay Dela Rosa (DICT Region X Head), Lai Legara (Blithe Photography), Nadine Gadia (Modern Nanays of Mindanao), myself, Shayryl Ramos (Robogals), Josan Dometita (Google Developers Group CDO Lead),

The theme was “Telling Your Stories”. What I really love about the format is that it paved way for emerging women in tech to talk about their experiences as they make an impact in a men-infested industry. I got some awesome takeaways from the event and I’m going to share it with you, my dear readers, to encourage you to venture on tech as well.

I know my value. Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t matter. 

The talk from Chelle Gray , a Googler from Google, tells us that as women or person, in general, must be able to know that we have our own strengths and that we can do so many things we think we couldn’t do. It is true that majority in the tech industry are men but there are also women who made it big and I believe that one of the reasons is that they believed in their selves.  I guess that is the first step in becoming successful, whether in technology or in any other aspects of life.

It all starts with you. Be the line of execution in this world of declarations.

Alaiza Geene Maandig of Syntactics Pink captured what I believe is the next step after believing in one’s self. It reminds me that believing in myself will not lead me to places. I have to do something with my strengths. I have to discover what I can do. I have to start acting or else, my goals will stay as they are: in my head and far from reality.

It is not too late to learn.

…or should I say, learning is a continuing process. It must never stop. We become stagnant and we don’t grow if we stop learning. That is why at this age where I have many responsibilities in my hand, I still continue to explore and immerse myself in avenues where I can learn new things. I join events like Women Techmakers, even though there are times that there are jargons I don’t understand but that always lead me to discovery.

Let us not compromise our passion in life.

Whatever our passion is, we never ever let go of it because that will keep us motivated to go on with life. As for me, I am passionate about a lot of things. If people would ask me why I continue to learn something beyond my profession as a teacher, it is because I would like to bridge what I am learning (say, technology) and what I do as a teacher. Noreen Ras, president of Robogals CDO, indeed, was right when she said not to compromise our passion in life.

You do not strike while the iron is hot. Strike while it is not.

For somebody who started something big in Cagayan de Oro, Stephanie Caragos‘ experience was truly inspiring. Being a woman, she is a manifestation that women can make it big in the field of technology. What she said was right. We grab the opportunity when it’s there. We must think of new things to do. We must be creative. That is why we go back to the basic rule: never stop learning.

Hopefully, there will be another event like this next year. For the meantime, here’s a glimpse of what happened during the event.

It was my first time to make a robot! Yey!

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