Hannah Howard’s tech career gets a boost from education, empathy, and open source
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After studying computer science in college, Hannah Howard found herself burnt out of tech at the ripe old age of 22. She spent the next ten years focused on education and social progress, before making her way back into programming.
She now works as a developer, and as part of her work she’s helped build a Rails-Angular integration framework. She continues to educate developers, and shares her thoughts on the challenges people face when they’re new to programming.
- [02:47] Welcome Hannah Howard, the tech girl wonder!
- [03:35] Hannah’s unusual, circuitous path to becoming a programmer
- [06:54] Hannah runs an after-school computer lab in near Oakland
- [10:23] Hannah’s potpourri of humanities experience clashes with the technology industry
- [15:08] Is programming a safe on-ramp to the world of human communication?
- [23:08] The biggest challenge for people entering tech from other fields
- [29:08] The constantly changing circumstances that surround your technical decisions
- [31:01] What can programmers do to improve communication skills?
- [38:21] Making mistakes as a core part of learning
- [42:40] How to practice empathy
- [47:08] Hannah deals with burnout at 22
- [52:37] Programming as a way of shaping experience
- [55:59] Are bootcamps as terrible as Pat thinks?
- [63:55] Bootcamps illuminates important social problems in tech
- [66:45] Hannah works on an open source Rails-Angular integration framework at Logical Reality
- [69:01] Hannah sees lots of opportunities… and celebrates open source wins
- [73:26] Thank you, Hannah Howard!