Jennifer Wadella

Jennifer Wadella

Kansas City Women in Technology
Kansas City, MO
@likeOMGitsFEDAY

Jennifer Wadella has been writing code since before she realized it was a credible career path. She currently works as a software engineer at an admission software company and loves building javascript applications and speaking at technical conferences. Jennifer is an active member of the KC tech community and the founder of Kansas City Women in Technology(KCWiT), an organization aimed at growing the number of women in technology careers in Kansas City. She's created a number of programs for KCWiT to help women and girls learn to code including CoderDojoKC, Coding & Cupcakes and Coding & Cocktails. When she had more free time she sat on several boards and committees including the Shawnee Mission School District CTE Advisory board, KC STEM Alliance's Girls in STEM initiative, and Young Women in STEM Conference planning committee. She is a Silicon Prairie Champion Award Nominee, Rising Trendsetter STEMMy award-winner, and is apparently Missouri's Coolest Woman according to Pure Wow. She doesn't blog, but she can handle 140 characters - @likeOMGitsFEDAY

Jennifer's Sessions

  • Jewelbots: How to Get More Girls Coding!

    Girls just wanna have fun - coding their own programmable jewelry! Jewelbots are the latest in wearable tech with a great feature - they allow you to write your own code. This live demo of programming with Jewelbots will introduce you to the Jewelbots API, highlight fun projects, and talk through tips on teaching and encouraging young women in tech. Loops are easy to understand when accompanied by color coordinated led lights!

    Speaker: Jennifer Wadella

  • Why Aren't There More Women Developers?

    I have been asked this question more times than I can count in the last few years. In the last few years, I have also typically been the only female developer at the companies I worked at. What's the deal? In 1984 women were at an all-time high for enrollment in Computer Science, at 39%. We've seen a steep drop since then. There's a lot of speculation as to why and I'll highlight some reasons for you, but if we want to solve the diversity in tech problem we'll need to stop speculating and take action. I will highlight programs that are working towards gender balance in technology and talk about how to bring them to your community and workplace, as well as explain how to make an impact at a personal level through mentoring and advocating.

    Speaker: Jennifer Wadella