In this episode, LaToya Allen interviews Nicole Dominguez, a freelance product designer, and front-end developer. They discuss Nicole’s story of making that switch from the corporate world to being out on her own as a digital nomad. Nicole shares her experience living free from an employer, address, and even free from the ties of stuff’. She finds her clients through intentional networking at conferences and meetups and stays connected to her community via Twitter while traveling. Tune in to find out what life as a digital nomad looks like from a firsthand perspective and how Nicole has not only made it work for her but is thriving.
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In this episode, LaToya Allen interviews Adrienne Hunter, the design director at the startup, Osso VR. They discuss Adrienne’s story working in virtual reality with Osso VR and creating the VR/AR Collective. Tune is as they discuss the difficulties of making that switch from 2D to 3D, the dreaded headset and hair dilemma for women working in VR, an in-depth discussion of the skills and tools needed to step into this industry, and the importance of being an inclusive tech community that supports one another. Adrienne also shares about her project, Tomorrow Today Labs, and what they are doing to help educate beginners in this field.
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In this episode I chat with Catt Small about two major things: getting kids interested in programming, and her e-book: How to Become a Public Speaker in 1 Year: Gain the confidence to engage audiences on and off stage. My favorite quote from the episode:
“Fashion and makeup and all these things that are pushed toward young women: that’s a big space where they could be learning more about programming and coding.”
On Teaching Kids To Code
We talked about how her love of fashion inspired her to start coding as a pre-teen, and how I can *hopefully* get my little niece into coding too. Catt uses game development to teach people to code through the process of creating games, so I'll try that next! Here is a cool repo she uses to help kids figure out how games work so she can teach them how to code: https://github.com/cattsmall/Phaser-game
How to Become a Public Speaker in 1 Year
I read the book myself, which inspired me to reach out to Catt for an interview. I loved that the book comes with worksheets that you can easily print out, and scribble on. We dug into why she decided to write the ebook, what conferences she speaks at, which conferences she skips, and how to tailor your talk to the right audience. She also explains how speaking at conferences has helped boost her career.
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Welcome! My name is LaToya and I'm a full stack developer, speaker, and the founder of SheNomads. I'm building an inclusive community around tech, travel, and remote work. Let's get to know each other!
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