Today, the 8th March, is recognised all over the world as “International Women’s Day”. Here at SwarmOnline we are taking the opportunity to celebrate International Women’s Day with the roles that women play, not only within the software development industry, but in the SwarmOnline team too!
The first EVER computer programmer was a woman! Ada Lovelace was the first person to publish an algorithm intended to be executed by the first modern computer in the 1800s. Whilst the presence of women in this industry has, thankfully, evolved massively since the 19th century, at Swarm we are still major campaigners for encouraging more girls into the software development space.
Today on International Women’s Day, the team have taken the time to celebrate some of the women that work here at SwarmOnline!
Eva, our Engineering Lead, plays a pivotal role at Swarm, and is usually the glue that keeps the team aligned and focused. Her technical expertise is one not to be trifled with, and she is easily approachable on a wide array of issues. She helps drive Swarm culture, knowing when to crack open a cold one with the boys, but also when to ask us to switch between the non-stop pop-punk on the office Sonos!
Suzie is one of the Digital Designers at SwarmOnline and an expert when it comes to making our developers’ work look pretty. Her love of illustration and all things creative makes her the go to person for beautiful, fun and engaging designs. She is also able to make everyone on the team jealous with her amazing home cooked lunches but every now and again she treats us to her famous macaroons.
With her 30 years of experience in Office Administration, Belinda always manages to keep things running smoothly here at SwarmOnline. As a mum of 2 teenagers, Belinda is used to putting up with our loud music and shenanigans and always takes part in the fun. Her favourite pastimes include learning about the world of apps, pretending to be a developer working at our bar, and putting us all to shame with her ability to make a bottle of prosecco disappear.
Aga’s role at SwarmOnline as a User Experience Engineer is vital to the success of our projects. She has the ability to resolve any design problems we face and craft them into beautiful digital interfaces and experiences. Not only do our clients love working with her to shape their ideas and products, our team always enjoy Aga’s enthusiasm for team nights out and seeing who she can challenge when it comes to vodka shots!
Mairianne is SwarmOnline’s Marketing Graduate. She’s an integral part in enabling our voice to be heard by potential and current customers for Swarm and our sister brands. She spends much of her day working to promote and raise awareness through a range of digital and traditional channels. Not only that, she’s adaptable and a great team player so you can be sure she’ll have your back when you really need it. One of the perks of Mairianne’s jobs is that she gets to meet a large range of speciality food producers – she’s certainly a connoisseur for a good cake, kombucha or champagne!
Alison’s credit union journey started 20 years ago. Since then she’s served as a Volunteer Director on the Board of her community credit union and the largest credit union in the UK. She has also worked at senior manager level in a number of Scottish credit unions over the last decade in business development roles, and as an anti-poverty advisor to the NHS. Alison brings all this experience to her latest role as MD of CU Soar, helping credit unions navigate the fast-changing pace of mobile technology. At the Swarm offices her infectious laugh keeps us all entertained and on team nights out she’s the life and soul of the party.
Meredith started out at our sister company, Peckham’s, but with her Master’s in Mathematics she has now joined us here at SwarmOnline to take care of our bookkeeping, finances and to keep our directors in line. She acts as a bridge between the development staff and management team, making sure we’re all on time for meetings. As a stickler for detail, a master Lego builder and an avid K-Pop fan, she is the perfect fit for our team.
International Women’s Day is a reminder to appreciate and celebrate the women in the technology industry. If you would like to join our team and become a Swarmer, check out our open vacancies here.
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