The DCFemTech Awards recognize powerful women programmers, designers, and data scientists based in the Washington, DC region. These amazing women are the developer award recipients for the year 2018.
Julie Bacon, Web Developer, ISL
Julie is a Front-End Developer passionate about building digital experiences on the web. Since studying Computer Science at Boston College, she’s worked for tech companies in San Francisco and DC.
Julie works as a Web Developer at iStrategyLabs where she builds web interfaces for some of the world’s biggest brands and helps organize tech outreach initiatives.
What are you most proud of from the past year: I’m most proud of co-organizing Fore_Front, a morning speaker series for Front-End Developers in DC. We’re building a community of front-end professionals to share knowledge, network and push the boundaries of our practice.
Clara Popescu Brooks, Software Development Manager, FireEye, Inc.
I started my career in Information Technology as a software engineer; building applications in C, Java and Ruby on Rails. I have worked in consulting, start ups and Fortune 500 organizations. As a Software Manager, I am extremely proud of my team’s accomplishments over the past year. I am currently enrolled in a PhD Engineering program at College Park, Maryland and am a proud mother of two smart young girls.
What are you most proud of from the past year: I am proud of my team’s success and recognition. The trust and collaboration in the team is inspiring. I am proud of going back to school for my PhD program and learning to balance work, school and family.
Sunitha Burri, Android Developer, Oath
Sunitha is a passionate Android developer working at Oath, who has keen interest in UI development. Instead of just focusing on coding, she usually involves in all the aspects of a product life cycle. Always works closely with product and design to provide valuable thoughts in coming up with best experience for users and also provides insights in utilizing the new tech advancements to improve the quality of product. She gave a couple of talks on Kotlin and Android Notifications in meet ups and GDG dev fest.
What are you most proud of from the past year: Though being a mobile app developer working on Android echo system primarily, stepped up, learnt Objective C and Swift languages in no time and developed features to make Alto Mail product to be consistent on both Android and iOS echo systems, which has been a concern for 2 years or so. Which in turn addressed features requested by iOS app users as well. Played an important role in delivering coupon experience in Alto Mail app by collaborating effectively with product, design and backend teams. Enjoyed a lot in giving talks on Kotlin language within the company to get the other Android developers to up to speed in implementing Android apps in Kotlin.
Melissa DePuydt, Technical Architect, The Washington Post
Melissa is a technical architect for Arc Publishing at The Washington Post. She helped grow Arc from the earliest beta stage into the large-scale development team it is today, launching some of the world’s largest publishers on the platform. When she’s not launching websites and training publishers on Arc tools, Melissa can be found rock climbing and playing with her dog, Kylo.
What are you most proud of from the past year: Launching LA Times, NY Daily News, and Chicago Tribune on the Arc platform!
Marissa Halpert, Web Developer, ISL
Caitlin Henry, Development Team Lead, Aquicore
Caitlin is a Software Engineer and Development Team Lead at Aquicore, an asset monitoring platform for commercial real estate companies. Before working for Aquicore, Caitlin worked as a Business Technology Consultant for Deloitte. When she’s not slinging code, you can find Caitlin training for her next marathon or watching questionable reality television.
What are you most proud of from the past year: I’m most proud of the Devices and Equipment feature that Aquicore launched this year, which provided customers with a self-installation option for the Aquicore solution. This new feature completely revamped Aquicore’s business model to lower hardware installation time and operating costs, while providing customers with more value from our software. It’s incredibly motivating to see our software change the way the company does business, and to get to work with all parts of the company to roll out this new feature.
Tracy King, Front End Engineer, Crowdskout
Tracy is a Front End Engineer at Crowdskout. She is a Lead for Women Who Code, Co-founder of RecruitHer and proud member of the DC Tech community.
What are you most proud of from the past year: Developing RecruitHer (techrecruither.io), completing the Village Capital Pathways program with the other founders and successfully filing as a C-Corp.
Amber Knutson, Developer, The Motley Fool
With a background in English and Mass Communication, Amber learned Python in a month to be more helpful at The Motley Fool – and was able to learn alongside some amazing programmers – and continues to do so. While she learned Django in a day, she believes that she’s not special in any way, and instead fervently believes that anyone can learn to code, they just need the right starter project.
What are you most proud of from the past year: Restarting the Book Club at work.
Shorouk Mansour, Sn.Software Engineer/Team Lead, nclud
I am senior software engineer and a team lead at nclud. The founder of finalsilver.com and a co-founder of CaseGuard.com
Alexis Moody. Full Stack Software Engineer, Contactually
Trish O’Connor, Engineer, ISL
Trish O’Connor is an Engineer at ISL (iStrategyLabs), where she builds interactive digital and physical experiences using exciting emerging technologies like AR, VR, and Amazon’s Alexa. She studied electrical engineering at Tufts University and went on to earn her Master’s in Innovation and Management at Tufts’ Gordon Institute. When she’s not coding or soldering, you can find her knitting, watching a Disney movie, or rooting for the Red Sox.
What are you most proud of from the past year: I’m most proud of my work on the Alexa skill for the Washington Capitals Hockey Team. It was the first Alexa skill for a professional sports team and close to 17,000 unique users have interacted with the skill since its launch in October of last year. It’s cool to think that something I built reached that many people, who got to learn about individual players, get the current score of a game, or simply have Alexa “unleash the fury.” Additionally, my work coding the project, writing blog posts about it, and training at an Amazon Alexa Dev Day secured ISL’s spot on a list of Amazon’s recommended agencies for Alexa skill building.
Catherine Ordun, Senior Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton
Catherine Ordun is a Senior Data Scientist with Booz Allen specializing in machine learning in the health and defense markets. She currently works on natural language processing and recurrent neural networks, and enjoys mentoring opportunities with the Booz Allen Women in Data Science organization. She is a graduate of Georgia Tech, Emory University, and George Washington University.
What are you most proud of from the past year: Technical work (I’ve done).
Ally Palanzi, Software Engineer, Nava PBC
Taylor Poindexter, Back End Engineer, Crowdskout
Anya Roltsch, Backend Engineer, Tista
What are you most proud of from the past year: I have been a primary contributor to the Caseflow project, a suit of tools that improves the processing of benefit claim appeals at the Department of Veterans Affairs and helps to deliver better services to our veterans.
Jacque Schrag, Developer, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Originally from Indiana, Jacque is a web developer and data visualizer at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She works with foreign policy experts to build websites and interactive visuals that communicate policy recommendations on national security issues. She is a lover of board games, trivia, and good books.
Dana Sulit, UI Engineer, Mapbox
Jess Szmajda, CTO, Optoro
Jess is the CTO at Optoro, host of the DCTech Slack, and organizer of the Joy of Programming meetup. She codes in weird esoteric languages, loves chiptunes, and is looking forward to teaching her toddler the ways of code.
What are you most proud of from the past year: Grew DCTech Slack community from ~3,000 to ~4,500 people, with about 800 users actively helping each other every week.
Megan Tracy, Software Engineer, Appian
Growing up in Loudoun County, VA, I most enjoyed my math classes, until I stumbled upon computer science somewhat accidentally. Once I got to UVA, it was obvious that computer science was going to be the right major for me. Now 3 years out of school, I’m very lucky to be pursuing my career as a software engineer at Appian!
What are you most proud of from the past year: Over the past 12 months, I’m most proud of the progress I’ve made as both a developer and leader at Appian. I switched focuses and learned how to be a front end developer really quickly, while also being an agile coach for my team.
Sharon Warner, Software Engineer, Nava PBC
Valerie Woolard-Srinivasan, Software Engineer, Panoply