We recently had the chance to talk with Natalia Goes, a 2013 Technovation alumni and an active ambassador for Technovation Brazil. We wanted to hear about what she’s been up to since participating in the program in 2013, and what advice she has for young women interested in tech.
Tell us about yourself!
Today I am a chemistry student at the largest university in Brasil (University od São Paulo) and I work in the operations of Technovation in Brazil. Technovation changed my life 3 years ago, so when I had the opportunity to give back and help change the life of the girls in Brasil I had to help! The program grew a lot in the past years and to be a part of this is a really intense learning experience in my life!
I’m really lucky to work with something that I’m passionate about!!
Since I participated in Technovation I started a few courses about coding, but I really focused in learning more about AppInventor, so today I can help not only the girls participating in Technovation but also anyone who wants to start learning how to code.
Who or what inspired you to pursue tech/Technovation? Who is your role model in tech?
Participating in Technovation in 2013 I met my mentor, who was a big inspiration (and help) during the competition, but still is a big inspiration in my life for everything she has done and for her story.
And in tech I’m really inspired by Sheryl Sandberg, for all her positioning as a strong woman and her struggle for women in tech and business carreirars.
Tell us about a challenge you’ve faced in tech/Technovation, and how you overcame it.
For me the biggest challenge in Technovation was to start learning code. I think I had a stereotype so strong in my mind that it became a barrier to start learning. The typical stereotype that only nerdy white men are a part of the tech industry always kept away from being interested in this area. To start learning through Technovation gave me a purpose to do it. It was much more than just learning, I was learning it to help other people and change lives.
What advice would you give to young women interested in going into tech?
My advice would definitely be: TRY.
Try with your mind open,forget every stereotype you know and try. If you don’t like it, it’s ok, but maybe you will like it and maybe you will make a career in tech. You will only know if you try.