Women Techmakers 

location 1101 E University Ave | 12 PM-2:30 PM Friday 21 March 2014 (PST)

Four Women and a Mic

This initiative brings needed visibility to talented top women leaders at all levels globally — we hope to raise the profile of technical women contributing to our industry. We hope this will inspire more women to join the tech community, utilize their creative technical expertise, express inspiring vision, and join other active women leaders.

Our Four Women:

 Irmaquot;Irma Olguin Jr")

Irma L. Olguin Jr

Irma has more than a decade of experience building stuff for other people. She’s also an experienced raisin roller.Irma has a B.S. degree in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Toledo, Ohio. She also has a couple of minors, and enough credits to have graduated twice (almost).She's the founder/cofounder of Bitwise Industries, Edit LLC, Geekwise Academy, The Hashtag, 59DaysOfCode, and OverFundIt LLC.

 Rioquot;Rio Waller")

Rio Waller

Since 2004, Rio Waller is a full-time faculty at Fresno City College in the Computer Information Technology Department. She is passionate about learning and teaching and was voted Outstanding Faculty in 2009 by the Associated Student Government (ASG) She has been a student advocate by starting the CITZer0 club at FCC and has helped to grow the Central Valley Tech Community by co-organizing the first GDG (Google Developers Group) DevFest Fresno 2013. She has taught Android development for Google at both Mountain View and London headquarters in the Android Camp Program. Her teaching specialty is advanced topics in Web Development; some of courses she has taught at Fresno City College are Web Technologies, Website Creation, WWW Research and Computer Literacy.  She has 15 years of working in the computer industry in Fresno Area some of her jobs include: Systems Engineer at Micro Dynamics Group, Network Administrator and Programmer at Duncan Enterprises and Web Developer at Fresno Country Human Services.   She has an Associate Science from West Hills Community College, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information Technology from California State University Fresno and a Master of Electronic Business from National University.

 Robertaquot;Roberta Baber")

Roberta Baber

Education:  East Los Angeles College (61-63) AA in Mathematics LA State (CSULA) (63-65) BS in Mathematics Cal State Northridge (CSUN) (73-76) MBA Career: Computer programmer and Systems Analyst in the LA area with Lockheed and LA City Schools for about 17 years Taught Computer Information Systems at Fresno State for 5 years  At Fresno City College 25 years Retired in 2011 Still teach as adjunct and substitute in Computer Information Technology (CIT) department at FCC Publishing: With colleague: wrote “Computers and Your Future” in 1995. We had 3 editions, each as #2 for genre market (100K copies every year) Programming Languages: COBOL, Fortran, BASIC, C++, Pascal, Assembler (for IBM mainframes) Summary: I learned to program in 1963 and have been working in the computer industry ever since (50+ years).

Poojaquot;Pooja Pawara")

Pooja Pawara

I am a native of Pune city situated in the west part of the Country, India. I started my Masters in Computer Science at California State University Fresno in January 2013. In Fall 2013, I got the opportunity to be the President for the Computer Science Student Club. My responsibility is to increase student involvement and initiate student activities and events in the Computer Science Department for the benefit of the club members. I have some really good ideas and am working on implementing those till my term. I recently started working part-time as a Programming Intern at Direct File Systems Inc. I look forward to expand my knowledge and gain experience from this opportunity. I received my Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science at Pune Institute of Computer Technology in Pune, India

Break out session leaders:

Micaquot;Mica Simonian")

Mica Simonian

Mica is full-stack web-developer by day and a general trouble-maker all the time. Code is her virtual Lego set, and she loves building things and fixing problems.  Always one for exploration and learning, Mica enjoys encouraging others toward collaboration, community building, and self-empowerment. Mica has a B.S. in Information Technology with an emphasis on Software Engineering.

Victoriaquot;Victoria Solomon")

Victoria Solomon

Victoria is an advocate for increasing the presence of women working in technology. A interdisciplinary studies enthusiast, Victoria has a B.A. in American Studies from Emory University and a M.S. in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a founding member of Advancing Women in Technology (AWIT), a committee dedicated to promoting technology skill adoption by female students at UT-Austin. Victoria currently works as an enterprise content management specialist for Tulare County Information & Communications Technology.

Peggyquot;Peggy Bounyarith") 

Peggy Bounyarith

Peggy Bounyarith is an entrepreneur, developer, and a Fresno City College alumna. She co-founded local tech start-ups: ScholarDev LLC and Bolt Ether. When she’s not running her businesses or programming, she’s tutoring, mentoring, or assisting new learners of Java, Objective-C, or computer technology in general. Her passion has always been guiding the young or new people to the joys of coding. In addition, her team also tied for People’s Choice Award for the 2013 59DaysOfCode competition.

Peggyquot;Vanida Bounyarith")

Vanida Bounyarith

Vanida is currently a developer for ScholarDev LLC and work full time as a programmer for a market research company. She got her first taste in programming when I took a computer science class in high school and her first programming language was C++. From there, her passion grew and became convinced that everyone should learn how to program as much as learning how to read and write. She even was a programming tutor for the CIT department at Fresno City College. In her free time she likes to play Uncharted 3 and any third person shooters.


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