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International Women’s Day: Five women in tech you should know

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” 
 
Most women in tech have taken Shirley Chisholm‘s statement to heart! Meet five women in tech whose contributions impacted the way we live life today. And how their work is changing the future. 

Dr Marian Croak, Voice over IP 

Enjoying the perks of remote working? You have Marian Croak to thank! She was the driving force behind advancing VoIP technologies. Her work at AT&T furthered the capabilities of audio and video conferencing. She also pioneered the use of text messages to donate to charity. Marian is now a Vice President of Engineering at Google. 

Prof. Hajar Mousannif , AI in Robotics and Road Safety 

Say hello to one of the key creators of Shama, Morocco’s first robot! A professor at Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech, Hajar holds two patents for her work on AI. She’s involved in other significant tech initiatives, including using AI to help health officials contain the spread of COVID-19.  A project with Moroccan government also aimed at improving road safety. 

Lucia Gallardo, Humane Innovation 

Ever heard of impact-as-a-service? This Honduran serial entrepreneur founded Emerge to solve social problems using blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT) and AI. They make these customized tools accessible to people who work on social impact projects. This includes creating a digital identity for refugees and migrants. 

Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Computational Biology 

The first woman director of the Indian Statistical Institute started her career in the institution’s Machine Intelligence Unit. She’s celebrated for her work in algorithmic optimization and for its significant impact on biological data analysis. Her discoveries include a genetic marker for breast cancer, and the role of white matter in Alzheimer’s disease. 

Annabelle Kwok, Visual detection and recognition 

The founder of NeuralBay, she develops visual detection and recognition software. This helps with information like tracking window shoppers for marketing purposes. The Singapore-based mathematics graduate is keen to use tech for good. Her aim is to share useful tech with smaller businesses that may not have the resources to build it from scratch. 

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Susanna Myrtle Lazarus