Meet Maggie Diaz-Vera, one of four Women on the Rise winners who will be flying to San Francisco this fall for a week-long educational journey!
Maggie was born and raised in Miami, FL. Her interest in tech stems from playing Video Games with her brother as a child and learning how to mod gaming systems. Her professional experience is in online marketing, and she is currently studying Computer Science at Miami Dade College with the pursuit of a career in Data Science.
Tell us a little about yourself. What are you up to these days?
I love to study. Technology changes very quickly, so it’s important to stay up-to-date with new trends. Attending tech & music events in Miami is my favorite way to spend time. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with hardware, playing with Raspberry Pi and Arduino boards. I am also currently training to run in my first half marathon.
How did you find out about the Women on the Rise Program? What inspired you to apply?
I subscribe to GA’s newsletter because it’s always filled with interesting information that I can use or share with my friends. I was really excited when I read about the Women on the Rise program. The chance to meet amazing women who have similar goals as mine and tour high-profile HQs was an opportunity I could not afford to miss.
What are you most excited for during your week in San Francisco?
San Francisco is such a beautiful city with so much to offer. I am most excited to learn about the work ethic and environment that exists at tech companies in this major hub. I have heard it is truly inspirational. I can’t wait to experience a piece of it for myself.
What do you hope to gain from the experience?
This is a really unique opportunity to learn from experienced executives on how to thrive in the field of technology. I look forward to gaining insight on how women can excel in this field and in business in general. I hope to share this insight with everyone I meet in my journey.
Why is empowering women to pursue tech important to you?
Technology is my passion. Being a woman in this field, it can be difficult to be taken seriously by some male counterparts, especially when you are still learning. Women have a lot to offer in the world of technology. Most software programs and applications today are developed by men, but I think women can bring a different perspective to solving programming issues and enhancing the user experience. It’s important that all people believe they have the opportunity to accomplish their dreams regardless of their gender or race.
Want another chance to go to San Francisco? Win a trip to the Lean Startup Conference in November.