Guest piece writte by Tamara Atanasoska
I love how technology empowers everything we do nowadays. Don’t you?
After graduating from MIT University in Skopje, Macedonia (Computer Science with majors in: software engineering, software architecture, web development), I’ve been able to work on different projects, contribute in different organizations, companies and startups.
Now I am pursuing career in web development, aspiring to IT project manage - a position that allows me to dive into tech and communicate what clients want and need.
My interest in an IT profession started back in the day, when I was young and curios how technology actually works. I was driving my parents crazy by sending my personal computer countless times to the PC service :) I was fascinated by the endless opportunities that the technology offers for solving problems and also the fast growth of the technology field. My passion for science and the application of science in real life is what drove me towards pursuing this profession. I love challenges!
When it comes to the value that I can provide, I pride myself on the ability to enable effective and efficient communication with the client, where we can learn more about how the client interprets their problems and needs….so we can translate that into a personalized technological solution.
Apart from the “professional avatar”, I nurture a great interest and active participation in building communities around solutions for social and youth problems.
Few years ago, through the local hacklab and Google Summer of Code program, I’ve had the opportunity become part of the worldwide community for Free Software. Witnessing how big influence a community can have and participating actively in it, I’ve learned the principles and values around which a community can grow and develop. I’ve started initiating different local internet communities, humanitarian causes, “women in technology” groups and even engaged in the creation of an independent social and cultural center, as well as giving back to the community by providing lectures, trainings and sharing knowledge.
Being able to organize and work with people gives me the insight on how they perceive and interact with the technology. Since the “social” part is inevitable when it comes to developing a technological solution, I find this very helpful and it constantly helps me to improve my problem solving skills.
The culmination of all of this was the opportunity to visit Berlin and participate in the OpenTechSchool and PyLadies initiatives. Living in Berlin for three months, I’ve been able to meet a lot of young people, full with energy, enthusiasm and bravery to beat the odds and create something new.
I see Berlin as one of the centers for innovation in technology and a city that has the leading role in the shaping of a healthy startup culture. A place where I can create, contribute and feel like I'm a part of one big, tech-inspired family.