Things about me
The past 8 years I have worked as a product manager and front-end developer, which kindled my love and interest for User Experience. During that time I often attended dev focused meetups and often ended up being the only female attendant. It was this experience that motivated me back in 2017 to found a community called women.code(be) (pronounced as womendotcodebe).
I was lucky enough to find a partner in crime and together we made it our mission to create a space and opportunities where our members can network with fellow peers, train their public speaking skills and gain inspiration and confidence. This is done via a variety of initiatives such as our TechTalks & network events, by offering portfolio & resume reviews, monthly interviews on our blog and a community newsletter. Secondly, we hope to create a positive impact on the Belgian tech scene in order to retain more women in tech.
Occasionally, I also volunteer as co-organiser at Fronteers, a community for front-end developers in the Netherlands and Belgium.
I already feel like a learned a ton by spending time on organising meetups and events, reaching out to people and building a community step by step.
My fascination for design and tech have been around from a young age. I always liked seeing what I could do on my parents first computer, like doing my homework, fidgeting around in CorelDRAW and discovering a whole new world through videogames.
As a child I also had a certain flair for creative things, things such as crafting, doodling, storytelling, coming up with 1001 different ways to build lego fortresses... And growing up, all that hasn't change much. I think my studies and hobbies reflect that pretty well.
As mentioned on my homepage I am hearing impaired, meaning that I have lost the ability to hear certain frequencies; making it rather difficult to follow most conversations. I get by by wearing hearing aids, which already helps a lot, but is far from perfect. The detoriation of my hearing is a direct result of an illness called Ménière's Disease.
It is most likely that a traumatic experience in my past has "awakened" this disease in my late 20s.
As a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), who's struggling with the symptoms of Meniere's Disease on a daily basis, it has become very difficult for me to work in a busy office and a high-paced environment.
I don't necessarily see this as a bad thing, but rather believe that my skills and experience could be most beneficial when used to help others. Hence, why I am building a community such as womendotcodebe. Environments such as a non-profit, a community or something similar, are where I can do my best work.
Some fun facts about me
I love to travel and visit friends all over the world!
So far a few of my favourite destinations are London, the Greek Islands and Canada.
I really enjoy playing old point-and-click adventure games.
The thing is, I just love the puzzles and goofy humor that some of those games contain.
Ever heard about Tiki? I have a thing for Tiki mugs and cocktails.
One of my goals is to visit tiki bars over the world. So far I only visited four...
I'm a bit of a foodie sometimes...
I enjoy cooking for friends and going out for dinner to discover new foods and dishes. And when travelling to another country, I just have to go to a local supermarket to discover the local products!
I host board game nights for small groups of friends on a frequent base
The offline bonding in combination with challenging games are my favourite pastime.
“If you can't solve a problem, it's because you're playing by the rules”
2017 - ongoing
Fronteers (Belgian division)
2019 - ongoing
Product Manager (remote)
The Parking Lot (9 o'clock somewhere)
Front-end / JS Developer
November Five (formerly Appstrakt)
Street Art Belgium
Web Developer intern
2012 (4 month internship)
Intro class about accessibility
& inclusive design
Since 2019 (1 class per year)
User Experience Designer
2018 - 2019 (graduated in June)
Howest - Kortrijk
Powering Up With React
Web Development (PHP)
VDAB - Antwerp