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

Many dev profiles are represented in this shot. πŸ˜‚πŸ’» The windows kind, the Mac kind. The cherry kind, the chips kind. The put-stickers-all-over kind and the no-frills kind. You know which kind I am, which are you? Also, you mac users out there, have you downloaded Visual Studio for Mac yet? I'm not talking about VS Code (which is great btw), I'm talking full on Visual Studio. It was announced at Build and has a lot of great features, so if you're looking for a great IDE for Mac, check it out and I'd love to hear what you think!

Adventure can be found anywhere, as long as you're looking through the lens of curiosity. πŸŒ† I love staying at Airbnbs in Toronto! It's so reinvigorating to see your own city from another angle for a while. All the old familiar parts look new and sparkly. I've got a couple days off and I'm hitting parts of town I haven't been to since my first co-op job four years ago. I used to work at a dev shop near the beaches and it was...quite the experience. I wouldn't do that again. But hey, I started my blog because of that job so I wouldn't have any of this without that four month experience! You can turn any learning opportunity into a gift. Happy Victoria Day everybody!

The #womenintech movement only works if we all lift each other up. We're all working toward a common goal, aren't we? It boggles my mind when I see women who knock each other down or try to get a leg up on one another because they're working in the same space. Trendy Techie is about showcasing the edge of technology and supporting the innovators who are doing cool work in the space of what's next. Every one of us has a different audience, and through my work I want to empower other women by sharing their work too, not just my own. That's what community is, it's supporting each other and working together to build one big shared city of awesomeness, not dividing ourselves up and building our own isolated towers. Alas, some people don't recognize that. Oh well. Publicity should be a byproduct of good work, not the end goal itself, and we must always remember that good work is good work regardless of how many internet points it gets. What I want most is for *all* of us to reach a level where we feel successful, and I will do my part to lift you up when I can. 🌍❀ I tagged as many coder ladies as Instagram would allow me to, please tag anyone I missed in the comments! πŸ’»πŸ’ƒ

Trying out the new Bot Framework tooling to add payment integration to chatbots! πŸ’°πŸ€–πŸ’° There were a ton of interesting announcements surrounding AI in the last two weeks, both from Build and IO. What I love about chatbots though is they really make AI available to developers at a consumable level that doesn't require a ton of machine learning and neural net background. Cognitive APIs, regardless of which company they come from, allow you to integrate some really excellent capabilities in fairly easy code. So yes, I'm here with my flowery bomber and my venti cold brew fiddling with code just before the long weekend. Because is there any better way to spend a Friday work day? πŸ––

#STEM book haul! πŸ“šπŸ’» I was so happy when I walked in to Chapters yesterday and saw their "Summer STEM" collection! I immediately bought these three books (plus an extra copy of @girlcodethebook for one of my mentees). Being so closely intertwined with the STEM movement, I often see how behind the rest of the world is outside of STEM fields. Seeing a big box bookstore recognizing the importance of STEM education and relatable books for youth and girls is such a great sign of the progress we've made! Kudos to you @chaptersindigo for supporting youth and women in STEM!

Happy Wednesday, geeks! I'm back at the @microsoftcanada office after a full three weeks of working remotely. πŸ’»πŸŒ We often encourage people to enter development because of the flexible work arrangements, but it's not a free ticket to watch Netflix and have cocktails all day! This lifestyle requires a lot of drive and responsibility, and the ability to motivate yourself and hold yourself accountable for your deadlines. Our team is very flexible, but that only works because everyone can be trusted to get their ish done! My advice for anyone pursuing a remote role is to be sure you invest in your organization and motivation. Find yourself coming from that place of passion first, when your work is something you enjoy doing, and then you can start working on your own time.

Nighttime coding by the light of Netflix with my sleepy puppy. πŸ’»β€ I'm wiped out you guys! I don't know how my friend Holly is doing it, she went to #msbuild last week and now she's going to #googleio2017! Conferences are huge energy investments...let's just say I'm grateful to have the flexibility to work from home, I've spent the last two days working from my living room like a hermit. 🐌 I am what you might call an "ambivert" - sometimes extroverted, sometimes introverted, it all depends on how much juice I've got in my emotional battery. I'm feeling mostly recharged now, now all I'm missing is my zen (it's been over a week since I've practiced yoga and I feeeeel it). Anyways, just because Build is over doesn't mean I don't have projects on the go! LOTS of exciting things in the pipes. Lots and lots. πŸ’‹

NEW INTERVIEW! It's all about design and entrepreneurship. Three years ago, Anton and Irene quit their agency lives to embark on a journey of entrepreneurship with their own Brooklyn-based studio. At @fitc I sat down with the duo to talk about work life balance, pursuing your passions, and how you can differentiate yourself in the world of design! Check out the full interview now on YouTube and πŸ’ƒ

New vlogs from #MSBuild! πŸ€“πŸ˜Ž I got to try the brand new Windows mixed reality headsets by Acer and my goodness are they good! I've released two new VR Vlogs on my YouTube channel: an interview with the director of Viacom Next, who shares his favourite things about the device and why he loves developing with it, and a vid showing my experience testing the device with Viacom's newest VR music video experience, Withdrawal. It was super cool to try these kits now since they've only just been released for pre-order! You can check out the 360 videos on my YouTube channel - leave a comment and let me know what you think!

It's a sunny day in the six and I'm so glad to be back home! πŸ’ƒβ€ I always go really hard when I travel for work, because I want to maximize the time I have in another city, but that usually means I need a few days of recovery afterwards. Not only to adjust to the time difference but to get through the hundreds of emails in my inbox! But while I was at Build I learned about a new tool I'm going to start using to automate the more repetitive tasks in my life: Microsoft Flow. It's kind of like IFTT but for more intensive workflows! Shoutout to @pnwadventureguy for introducing me to the tool, I'll let you know how it goes once I set up my flows!

So good to be back home and editing all the content from #MSBuild! πŸ’»πŸŒ I got some great videos and stories I can't wait to share with you. Build was an awesome experience and I feel so lucky to have been able to not only attend but be part of the event. Now that it's over I'm switching gears and going full steam ahead in preparing for our #ImagineCup National Finals in Toronto in two weeks! We're welcoming a hundred students from across the country to join us for a special technical student summit and the national finals of our Imagine Cup competition. We'll be sending two teams to the global finals this July! Oh, and I got in last night and spent the morning putting the final touches on our HoloLens research paper for next month's conference. This is probably my busiest and most exciting month in my career! Stay tuned on YouTube and, lots of content coming your way!

Such an honor to represent @viasportbc at #MSBuild yesterday!! Huge thank you to all the people who came out to hear this impactful story and meet the team. It's so great meeting all the inspiring developers here who are doing awesome things in this world. And talking to the engineers who built so many of the services and devices I use every day is incredible! Safe to say I'm having an epic time at Build. πŸ’ƒ
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