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SAGE FRANCH πŸ’»πŸ’‹  πŸ€– Coder of chatbots and holograms ✨ πŸ’ƒ Career adventures of a geek girl πŸ€“ 23 πŸ“ Toronto ✨ πŸ’» Currently coding: super secret HoloLens app!

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YOU GUYS I'm a researcher now! πŸ€“πŸ’ƒ I'll be presenting a paper on HoloLens in software engineering education, as well as an accompanying session at the Canadian Engineering Education Association Conference this June. I'm co-authoring with Prof. Igor Ivkovic of University of Waterloo. Life is so surreal sometimes! We're​ conducting an ongoing study on the effects of mixed reality as a teaching tool for software development (wish someone had been researching that when I was a student!). πŸ€“πŸ’» Oh yeah, and still prepping out the wazzoo for my bot presentation at Build. So basically, life is crazy busy right now, and I'm loving it. πŸ’ƒ

I do what I do for moments like this. My heart is so full! πŸ’– Today at the #CanConnectEd conference I was on a panel about #womeninSTEM, and was joined by two girls I'd met before at #YouthSpark Live. Incredible leaders in their schools, these girls lead tech programs for their classmates and have made it their mission to empower young women with STEM. During the panel we had a question about mentors, and they spoke about the impact I had on them at YouthSpark Live and how it inspired them to go further with coding. *queue heart melting!!!* This is why I do what I do. Youth STEM education is not a part of my job description, but no matter what I do in life I know that I want to continue to reach youth and help them discover the power and magic of technology. β€πŸ’»

Metropolis. Autonomous cars. Hovercraft. What do you think our cities will look like in the next twenty years? πŸš˜πŸ€– Do you think these skies will still be silent, or will we be flying and mag-levving all over town? One of the speakers at @fitc envisions a future where no one owns their own vehicles, all cars are autonomous and shared. In this scenario, a small car might come pick you up and take you to work, from which a van might come grab you and your colleagues to go out for lunch. At the end of the day maybe you order a sports car to pick you up and take you to your date. What do you think, is this the transport of the future? πŸš˜πŸ€– (At the pace that Toronto construction moves, I'm starting to think we'll have flying cars before our highways are fixed.)

Today's toolkit! Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, LG 360 Cam, Sony hybrid camera, and #MKAccess smart watch. I'm working from @fitc today and have brought the full toolkit with me. Not pictured: my LG G5 phone, who I'm partially mourning since its beloved wide angle camera lens shattered. πŸ˜₯⚰ That's why my sony has come out of hiding, I need a solid camera! Ah well, c'est la vie. Today at #fitc I will be interviewing design dream team Anton & Irene, as well as robotic fashion designer Anouk Wipprecht - DM me your questions and I'll get them answered!

Gearing up for Build! πŸ€–πŸ’ƒ It was really neat to meet Tech Evangelists from other companies like Samsung and Shopify yesterday at @fitc. It's so interesting to see what's important at the cutting edge of other organizations, and how different companies vary in terms of storytelling style and the types of presentations or demos they share. When I prepare a demo, my slides are very visual and intentionally light on text, and I like to spend a lot of time in the code and tools. That's why I love being an evangelist - at Microsoft we get to get dirty in the technology, not just talk about it on a high level. I'm thinking of starting a YouTube channel...If I do, what kind of content would you like to see? Recordings of my presentations? Videos of my events? Let me know. πŸ€–β€

I'm having a blast at @fitc!!! This is wicked cool. Topics of the day include augmented reality, holoportation (it exists today, check it out on YouTube), digital DJing, and training a neural net to play Mario Kart (because geeks with free time are incredible). Seriously y'all, there are some fascinating people here. Thanks to Patrick for taking this shot of me mid live stream! And thanks for everyone who tuned in today, glad to have you with me. Feel free to DM me questions and I'll do my best to get the geeks here to weigh in!

3, 2, 1, GEEKOFF!! I'm headed downtown for day 1 of @fitc, the creative tech conference featuring some incredible topics in tech and design. I'm super stoked to hear about biotech, powered fashion, and of course, the reality spectrum! If you're there, be sure to get some time with my team at the #HoloLens booth, they'll be doing demos. Also check out Mickey's presentation this afternoon, "WTF is Mixed Reality." πŸ˜‚πŸ€“ Oh, and if you see me, don't be shy, say hi! πŸ˜ƒπŸ’‹ For those of you not attending, I'll be posting and live streaming on my Instagram story. πŸ‘ŒπŸ€– Can't wait to share!

I'm hanging out with the geek crowd at @fitc VIP party tonight - check out my Instagram story for an inside look! And stay tuned for the awesome talks and events happening at #FITC this Sunday through Tuesday, can't wait to show you what's on the minds of some of the most exciting people in tech today. #fitctoronto2017

It's Friday, I'm feeling productive, and the burnout is slowly fading. Yay! πŸŽ‰ It really helps to have a supportive team and a manager who really cares. This is why it's so important for job seekers to interview the company while being interviewed! The difference between a good job and a terrible one is often made by the manager. I'm feeling especially grateful today to be part of the dev evangelist team at @microsoftcanada. Thank you everyone who read my last post and checked in on me, and happy weekend everyone! πŸŽ‰

The burnout is real! 😲 This week has been too much, and that should have been my first indicator that burnout was rearing its head. Many of us fall into the trap of thinking we're invincible to burnout, that we can just keep piling on the action items and keep up with it all. But even Elon Musk can't do *everything* all the time! Today I ended up making a last second decision to go to yoga instead of a blockchain meetup at IBM because the mere act of driving in traffic was stressing me out to a crazy level. It's like when your PC has been on too long and you open one more browser tab and the whole thing freezes, the only thing you can do is force a restart and reopen the important things. The trick to recovering from burnout is dropping everything, taking time to recenter yourself, then looking at your responsibilities from the top down and building a plan to help you accomplish the important things. The hardest step is acknowledging the burnout before you find yourself binge-watching Netflix in the fetal position. πŸ˜‚

GOOD NEWS, GEEKS! My fave @felixgrays ship internationally now!! πŸ€“πŸ’ƒπŸŽ‰ Yes Canadian and other non-american friends we can now order FG eye savers for ourselves!! They're using @borderlinxusa (a really cool service by the looks of it) to cross borders and I'm mighty excited. As a dev I spend an unhealthy amount of time staring at screens and these glasses changed so much of my life - I even sleep better when I wear them consistently. And for the record this is absolutely not a sponsored post, I just truly love Felix Grays because they've totally saved my eyesight! It's thanks to them I won't need to become a cyborg to keep my vision as I get older. πŸ€“πŸ€–πŸ‘

Hanging out at my favourite eatery in Waterloo, @proofkitchenlounge! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒRight next door to the @perimeterinstitute, this restaurant is the epitome of geeky meets elegant. The coasters have equations scrawled across them and the ceiling is peppered with geometric fixtures, the food is incredible and the drinks are named after geeky things like scientific theories. You know me, there's nowhere my laptop doesn't go! I snuck in a little web dev while waiting for my lunch. Now on to mentor an Imagine Cup team and then teach a bot building workshop tonight! πŸ€–πŸ––

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