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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“Toronto ✨ βœ’WiseWear designer safety bracelet review:

https://trendytechie.ca/2017/06/12/wisewear-socialite-review-discreet-safety-wearable-for-women-calder-gold/

Getting back into HoloLens dev! πŸ€“ As a mixed reality developer, the coolest thing for me is seeing my creations come to life in the physical realm. It's so amazing to code something and be able to walk around it just seconds later. The same is true in both augmented and virtual reality, but the experiences are wildly different because in VR you can create worlds that are entirely impossible in reality, whereas in AR you can add physically impossible elements to the physical realm. This weekend is #VRTO and I'm excited to see all the wicked awesomeness the Toronto #VR scene has to offer. It's looking like an incredible event, with renowned speakers coming to share their breakthroughs in virtual pioneering! Currently prepping my schedule, which may include ducking out for a drone event at the brickworks and a "Toronto of the Future" visualization. Why do all the epic events have to be on the same weekend? πŸ€– PS using an old pic of holo code because my rear camera is busted 😫 if anyone wants to sponsor me a new phone to review, hit me up, I have a vacancy 😜

It's a sunny day in Waterloo! I just got a tour of their Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence labs and hoooooly jeez they're doing some amazing work!! There are not many places you can walk in and see driverless rigs, automated miniature houses, and free-roaming robots. I feel like I just got a glimpse of what the world will look like in the next few years and let me assure you geeks, it looks good! πŸ€“πŸ€– Brb, going to find a quiet spot and get knee-deep in the new cognitive APIs. I've got something I wanna build. πŸ˜‰πŸ’»

Starting the week off right with a virtual team meeting (and a shmancy turmeric latte). πŸ’»β˜• It's a beautiful summer day and I'm Skyping in from Waterloo, where I'm once again going to be meeting with professors. When I finished my undergrad I swore I'd never go back for more education, but the more time I spend on campus with these incredible people, the more I want to go back for a master's! Maybe even a PhD...but that may just be me being inspired by my fellow #womeninstem instagrammers @sciencebeaut and @phd_fashionista, who recently received their doctorates! I'm so inspired by these incredible women and so many more who continue to pave the road for women in academia. Go check out their pages and give them a shout for their awesome work. ❀

Embarking on my biggest writing challenge yet: a non-fiction chapter for a #womenintech book. You've probably caught on by now that I'm an avid writer. Going through my old stuff this weekend I found over 20 old notebooks filled with poetry, fiction, snippets, and character sketches from the last decade of creativity. Until I started Trendy Techie, I never wrote non-fiction - in fact, when I started Trendy Techie I was a few chapters in to my sci fi novel! But writing real life is a lot more challenging than writing fiction, because it exposes real vulnerabilities and addresses real themes, and not always sunny ones. I make an effort to keep Trendy Techie positive, even when things get tough. But in my latest project, I'm writing a chapter about balance, and it's getting pretty real. In this chapter I share the details of my 16 months working full time for Microsoft while finishing my degree, coping with family illness and maintaining a positive outlook on life. It's hard to write but it's full of the most important lessons I've learned in my transition from undergrad to industry. Oh, and it's a great honour to be included in a book alongside my mentor, my role model, and my friends. I can't wait to share the book with you when it's published! Till then, you know where to find me. πŸ˜‰πŸ’»

Necessities. πŸ’»β˜• I'm often asked how I code with just a screen...I'm just used to it! I learned to code on a laptop in grade 11, and when I got to university I'd always use my MacBook in class and labs (good ol JGrasp πŸ˜‚). When I got my windows machines I never felt the need to extend my desktop. The annoyance of switching between windows is way outweighed by the convenience of taking my machine with me wherever I go. Now that's not to say I'm not going to get an external display...I'm just waiting for the right one to come along. That new ultra wide curved one looks kind of insane and awesome. But I think when I do get a monitor it'll be a vertical one. Any recommendations?

Topic du jour: #BLOCKCHAIN. πŸ’Έ If you want to know what it feels like to be on the cusp of the next big thing, study up on blockchain. The foundation of Bitcoin, a blockchain is a global decentralized database that isn't owned by any one person or organization, and that stores all records of its transactions (aka blocks). Right now, banks and businesses around the world are investing in integrating blockchain into their structures for secure and less costly transactions. It's disrupting everything - in fact, Tunisia and Senegal already used blockchain-based currencies! Seriously y'all, this is your trumpet call to get in on this on the ground floor. Understand blockchain, understand how the economy will change in years to come.

Announcing the new #TrendyTechieContributor series! Trendy Techie just turned 4, and in celebration of the incredible community we've built together I'm launching a new component to Trendy Techie, Trendy Techie Contributors. Over the years I have met INCREDIBLE people in tech, and I want to introduce them to you! Or, should I say, introduce you to each other. πŸ˜‰ Trendy Techie Contributors are people from all facets of industry, from students and entrepreneurs to developers and innovators, you name it! To kick off our series we have the inspiring @SleepyVyVy, a high school student and influencer among young technologists. I first met VyVy at #YouthSpark Live this year, after which she learned Python and kickstarted her coding career! VyVy has launched an initiative at her school to give underrepresented students opportunities in STEM, and as a maker herself she is always tinkering and thinking about the future. Visit trendytechie.ca to read her post on #VR and games as a tool for empathy and identity!

My review of @wisewear's socialite collection is now live on trendytechie.ca! This safety bracelet is a girl's best friend. πŸ’ƒ It looks like a designer bracelet but it can discreetly send out a distress signal to your emergency contacts, including a text message, GPS pin drop to your location, and a phone call with audio saved directly to your phone! As someone who travels solo a lot, I am so thrilled with this device. It's the only one I've seen that manages detailed distress signals in such a discreet way. Looking at the bracelet you'd have no idea it was #wearabletech! Read the full review of the device on trendytechie.ca. πŸ’»

Working on a zillion blog posts at once! βœ’ Like my friend @codegirlcode, I'm writing a lottt this weekend. In the works: inside the historic Seattle underground, exploring Cortana Intelligence, what you need to know about speaking at international events, an article for @untouchdmag, and a review of the wearable shown in this pic, @wisewear! Keep an eye on this space, there's a lot coming out soon. Have a great weekend everyone! Get out and have a drink on a patio, life's too short to stay inside. β˜€

Remember when I did the impromptu interview at Microsoft Build? It's now available on demand! πŸ€“πŸŽ₯ Go check it out on channel9.msdn.com - link in bio. In the video I interview Darwin and Kuber from the Cortana Intelligence Solutions team about the new cloud service for big data and analytics. This was one of the more challenging on-camera things I've done, since it was pretty impromptu - we decided which session I'd take that morning, and half an hour after we filmed was my viaSport presentation! This may come as a surprise to you but I actually don't love being on camera - what I love is sharing cool stuff with people, and the best way to do that seems to be with video!

Such a fun day hacking at @Communitech with these goofs! πŸ€“πŸ We're​ working with local startups and PhD students to build the Microsoft cognitive services APIs and bot framework into their products/research projects. I dove into Python for the first time today and spent most of the afternoon making mistake after mistake, wading through Codecademy tutorials, and sending countless API calls to test my integration of the autosuggest API. In the end someone else managed to implement what I was trying to do in like ten minutes. πŸ˜‚ But hey, if you can't embrace learning (and mistake-making!) you'll never be a good dev, right? Number 1 dev skill: not being afraid to ask for help, whether it be in person or on Stack Overflow. πŸ€“πŸ

Prepping to present our #HoloLens paper at #CEEA2017! πŸ€“πŸŽ“ It's the Canadian Engineering Education Association conference and I'm loving spending the day with academic professionals from across the country. Lots of fascinating insight into the world of engineering education, from lessons learned teaching aeronautics to interdisciplinary integration and entrepreneurship in engineering. This afternoon Dr. Igor Ivkovic of University of Waterloo and I will be presenting our paper, "Using Augmented Reality and Holographic Technology in an Introductory Course on Data Structures and Algorithms." AKA using the #nerdhelmet to teach pathfinding! Woo! πŸ€“πŸ’»

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