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Meet Eunice – Nature Enthusiast, Bee-Lover, TechLady

The TechLadies Bootcamp is a 12-week part-time accelerated learning program designed to help women with some basic programming background become programmers. Participants are guided by industry experts, creating products for non-profit organizations. 6 ladies were chosen for the TechLadies Bootcamp #4. In this blog series, we will be sharing more about their backgrounds and learning journeys. Hopefully that’ll inspire you to start learning how to code!

Meet Eunice (SSN) - Nature Enthusiast, Bee-Lover, TechLady

Editor’s Note: TechLadies Bootcamp is back for it’s 4th season! Eunice is a graduate of the TechLadies Bootcamp #4. This is her story.

 

If you could tell a story about yourself in one or a few sentences, what would it be?

Hi, my name is Eunice. I do like nature and went as far as to study the diversity of resin and leaf-cutter bees in Singapore for my Final Year Project at NUS. My collaborators and I published it in the Raffles Bulletin of Zoology if you’re keen to look at it.

I like to travel too if I have the time and money! While I was a student, I made use of exchange and enrichment programmes to travel quite a bit. In the last few years, I have been interested to use technology to improve efficiency (e.g., processing data for routine reports, data collection through web apps, predictive models). Combining traveling and coding, I actually quite intrigued by the idea of a ‘digital nomad’.

 

What do you currently do for a living? 

I am doing a nine-month internship with an IT-associated company. At my workplace, we try to use open source tools to make predictive models with artificial intelligence. As my internship is ending in Jan 2019, I’m thinking about the next steps to take in life!

Also as everything goes digital, I find that coding is a skill that one cannot do without in the job market.

What sparked your interest in learning how to code?

I have always liked to use the computer and find that automating routine, mundane tasks by programming is very helpful. Also as everything goes digital, I find that coding is a skill that one cannot do without in the job market. Using web apps always made me wonder how they worked. In addition, I am keen on using data for insights using open source tools available in Python and R to clean, visualize and sometimes even to create predictive models.

 

What was your first thought or reaction when you heard about TechLadies?

I thought it was pretty cool that there exists a tech group geared towards for ladies. The tech sector is male-dominated, so hopefully, this will change in the 10 years down the road! I do think that women can be really good at coding and they bring a different set of strengths (such as being detailed-oriented) and different perspectives.

 

Why did you apply for the TechLadies Bootcamp?

Web development is something on my “to learn” list. I find myself losing the drive and motivation needed to learn on my own so this bootcamp really attracted me as I could learn together with fellow bootcamp-ers with excellent guidance from our mentors. Thank you mentors, you guys are awesome.

Without having a “real-world” project to work on and a community of people to egg you on, one may get lost in the multitude of resources, or the drive and motivation may wane over time…

What are some of the challenges you faced while learning how to code?

The challenge is having to find the focus and sit down to code! With so many resources online, there is actually no lack of learning materials. However, without having a “real-world” project to work on and a community of people to egg you on, one may get lost in the multitude of resources, or the drive and motivation may wane over time especially with a full-time job in the day.

 

Describe the TechLadies project you’re working on and why you selected this project.

I’m working on the full stack project, which uses the MongoDB, Express.js, and Reactjs (MER) tech stack. We are creating a website for Sustainability Solutions Network (SSN), a non-profit that helps aggregate organizations and events that champion environmental issues in Singapore. I chose this project as I find that being able to store data and display data on the website is very cool and always wondered how it is done.   

 

How do you see yourself using your coding skills for in the future?

I am open to any opportunities that come my way… I hope to use the new found web development skills to contribute to open source projects on GitHub. I am particularly keen on iNaturalist but the code is in Ruby on Rails, not Javascript. I also hope to make a simple web app to incorporate and serve machine learning models/ predictions on a web app!