Superhero Spotlight: Meet the Female Developers Driving World-Class Work at ClinkIT Solutions

Behind every successful business are empowered women. ClinkIT Solutions knows this to be a fact. Research reports that gender diversity results in making better business decisions 73% of the time. These decisions lead to a higher quality of work. Today, 33% of our developers are women. We anticipate this number to continue to grow in the years to come.

Get to know some of ClinkIT Solutions’ best developers. Here are three of our amazing female developers: Thea, Maur, and Olive.

IRENE “THEA” BERMEJO – Software Developer

“One challenging thing about being a developer is keeping up with the technologies since this is a rapidly changing and continuously updating field. You have to be open to learning and constantly push yourself to improve every day.”

Thea’s first introduction to coding was in high school when she was tasked with making a website using HTML and CSS. This is where she fell in love with developing. “It just amazes me that something so technical like math and numbers can open up a world of creativity,” she said. Since then she’s learned how things are built with coding, from websites, to games, to animation, artificial intelligence, and the list goes on. “If the possibility of learning all these amazing things doesn’t make you want to be a developer; I don’t know what does,” she added.

Working with ClinkIT Solutions, for Thea, is a great experience. She has found an opportunity to maximize what she learned in her field while working alongside talented and skilled mentors on a variety of projects that push her to go out of her comfort zone and grow as a developer.

Favorite development tool:

Right now, it’s using the breakpoints in Visual Studio Debugger.

Currently learning:

I’m currently exploring Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine Learning, and ways to integrate them in our current and future projects.

Secret “code pet peeve”:

Use of extra letter when naming two different variables. For example, having variables “list” and “lisst” for 2 different lists.

De-stressing activities:

I usually just play games with my friends or binge-watch Netflix.

Mac, Windows, or Linux?

I can’t seem to choose.

Superpower choice (being invisible or flying):

Invisibility, so I can sneak in and out of places.

MARIA URSULA “MAUR” DE LEON – Software Developer

“When I was younger, programmers were mostly men. It was very rare to find or hear about women programmers. I guess that’s why I never entertained the idea of working as one but eventually, it became something women did, too. I liked it too much to care if it was otherwise.”

Maur’s journey to becoming a developer began when she was still in grade school. Maur watched her uncle, a Computer Studies student at the time, working on coding. He taught her a few things about HTML and CSS. “I remember I was amazed by stuff like and pretty much the whole idea of how code can be translated into something,” she said.

Maur excelled in her computer classes in high school but didn’t consider pursuing a career in tech. She didn’t enroll in any computer-related programs when she entered college. But the draw to coding proved too great and later, she shifted to BS Information Technology Entrepreneurship. The more programming classes she took, the more she became interested in IT. Even before graduating, she was already doing part-time programming jobs, and that’s when she became a developer.

She believes that one can never know everything about any specific programming language, platform, or technology. The field is so deep and complex, there is always more to learn. It’s important to stay up to date on new technologies to make sure you don’t get left behind. “The learning never ends, and that’s what keeps it interesting,” she said.

Favorite development tool:

I’m not sure, but I’m very fond of Sublime Text Editor, I guess..

Currently learning:

I’m continuously learning a lot about OutSystems. I was recently taking some online tutorials on Vue.js, but I paused it for now since I am busy with client projects.

Secret “code pet peeve”:

There’s a lot. I can be very “OC” with my code. I prefer consistency. I don’t like it when the spacing or the indentations are off and if proper naming conventions aren’t being used.

De-stressing activities:

I like to watch movies or series to unwind after a busy or long day and over the weekend.

Mac, Windows, or Linux?

I’m not a fan of Linux, but maybe because I haven’t really used it that much. I’m currently using Windows and used to have a Mac Book Pro. I can say that I like Windows and Mac just the same since they’re different in many ways and for me, are both great.

Superpower choice (being invisible or flying):

I’d want to be invisible.

MARIA OLIVIA “OLIVE” DIAZ – Front-end Developer

“It feels amazing to be part of a team working on big projects for our clients. In the past five years that I have been with ClinkIT Solutions, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many different clients. This also means different preferences and requirements, which our teams have managed and successfully delivered.”

Olive knew she wanted to work in IT since she was in high school, because it was, and is, a booming industry in demand. “And I think it also runs in the family,” she added. Some relatives from both sides of her family work in the industry. Without hesitation, Olive took BS Information Technology in college and graduated happily.

Olive sees career growth as one challenge of being a developer. She says some developers choose to move from one company to another every 2-3 years to get a higher rank or climb the corporate ladder.

Fortunately, it’s different for Olive. In her fifth year working at ClinkIT Solutions, she’s become part of the marketing team as the lead UI/UX developer. “This made me feel valued. Since then I have been assigned more challenging work in terms of UX/UI design, and I am thankful because challenges help us grow and improve,” she said. Her experience as a developer proves very useful for her work in UX/UI, because she has an idea of how development works. “Overall, my experience at ClinkIT Solutions has been challenging but definitely fun,” she said. 

Favorite development tool:

Any CSS Preprocessor compiler.

Currently learning:

Right now, I’m involved in creating a UI kit for an internal project that is way more advanced, because it’s using the latest Angular that I’m not yet familiar with.

Secret “code pet peeve”:

Indentation and unnecessary spacing.

De-stressing activities:

First is “malling” (going to the mall) and shopping! But with the pandemic, I just do online shopping for our household necessities. Second is watching movies and series. And third, I love eating.

Mac, Windows, or Linux?

Windows (but I want to have a Mac too).

Superpower choice (being invisible or flying):

Flying.

Thea, Maur, and Olive are just three of the best developers at ClinkIT Solutions. When you choose to work with us, you know that your projects are in good hands, and can expect that we will drive your business to succeed and thrive. Get in touch with us today to discuss your specific business needs – we’d love to get involved!