A neurobiologist and researcher turned web designer, Basia has found her professional niche in UX/UI design and development for education. Passionate about the mission of Girl Develop It, Basia is enthusiastic about making impact in tech education and empowering women to grow their technical skills. She currently works as a UX/UI designer at Scaling Up Digital Design Studies group at North Carolina State University, College of Education.
Sarah Kahn is a rogue librarian turned UX/UI developer. She went to grad school at the School of Information and Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she realized that people are more interesting than books.
She has been designing and building web application interfaces since 2008. Over the years she has gained a variety of experience in interaction design, usability evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research, and assessing web accessibility.
She currently is a Senior UX Designer at Deutsche Bank. Her previous work has been at places like Adzerk, NC LIVE, and Lulu.com. She also is a co-founder at Fogbeam Labs.
Sylvia Richardson is a researcher and web developer based in Durham, NC. Her background is in special libraries. She is interested in emerging web technologies, accessibility, and usability. Sylvia loves to help introduce people to new technologies, and is excited about the chance to help more women join the Triangle's vibrant tech community.
Dan Lucas is a UI & Front-End developer based in Durham, NC with a background in multimedia design and information science. He is obsessed with the interactions between people and computers and strives to make those interactions easier and more useful. Dan has worked in education for most of his career and is excited about the opportunity to help even more people to become more tech saavy.
As a UX specialist and content strategist, Melissa Eggleston helps start-ups, non-profits and other organizations craft terrific digital experiences. In 1997, she wrote her first online stories about soccer and violated all the best practices we now know about writing for the web. As a consultant and a collaborator for the UX-Shop, she spends half her time conducting user research and the rest on content strategy. In addition to helping Girl Develop It, Melissa serves on committees for the Triangle UXPA and the Content Strategy Alliance. Previously she worked for Duke University and Bloomberg News. Melissa gained her love of usability and her multimedia skills while getting her Master’s degree the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism.
Julia Elman is a designer, developer, author and public speaker from the Python community. She has been working her brand of web skills since 2002. Her first dive into Python was at World Online in Lawrence, Kansas in 2008, as a Junior Developer/Designer. More recently, she co-authored "Lightweight Django" for O’Reilly Media in November 2014. Julia also focuses computer science in education and has helped establish several groups and programs to teach computer science to adults and teens. In January 2013, she helped start a local chapter of Girl Develop It whose focus is to empower women through code. GDIRDU has grown to over 1,000 members, taught over 100 classes to help empower women through coding and is celebrating its second anniversary. She currently resides in Chapel Hill, NC with her family. You can follow her @juliaelman.
Marjorie Sample is a K-5 Writing Specialist and is an advocate for all things tech. Over the past two years, she has organized school-wide events that has introduced coding to over 1,200 elementary school students. GDI has helped her improve her own skills, especially in front-end development.