Ep 54 – Unafraid to be Different
Ep 54 - Unafraid to be Different
Straying from the flock can be tough, but for some, boring can be tougher. But embracing our differences is what allows us to shine. In this episode, we glean an exclusive bts on how Ally Watson combines creativity and technology to spark change in the tech community.
It’s cool to go your own way. But it can feel uncomfortable to be on your own. Ally Watson has always identified as an outsider; embracing her differences allowed her to shine. As a victim of childhood bullying, Ally has always been tough as nails when it comes to embracing her unique sense of self. Luckily, after a pivot into software engineering, Ally felt as though she was finally beginning to find her passion in life. But there was just one problem: she was the only girl on the block.
The world of tech can be a lonely valley for a woman, and yet another environment where Ally was forced to ride it solo. But this time, she was determined to not simply endure it, but to make the change.
Combining her verve for creativity and technology Code Like a Girl was born, a social enterprise dedicated to providing girls with the tools, knowledge and support to enter and flourish in the world of coding. Since its inception, Ally has continued to inspire new generations of girls to acquire coding as a skill and step into more leadership roles within the industry. Glass ceiling vibes live here.
Ally Watson is the CEO & Co-Founder of Code Like a Girl, a social enterprise dedicated to providing girls with the tools, knowledge and support to enter and flourish in the world of coding. Since its inception, Ally and her team have received a Gold Disruptor award at the Australian Computer Society Awards and the B&T Women in Media Award. In 2017, Ally was also named one of Australia’s nine most influential female entrepreneurs by the Sydney Morning Herald.
Growing up in Scotland [4:04]
Ally’s advice to those who are indecisive [18:57]
Starting Code Like a Girl [26:32]