Aino Vonge Corry
Independent IT-consultant, Founder of Metadeveloper
What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
I always liked math and science and partly as a result of this, I was very good at it, which made me like it even more. And when I wrote my first little program in the programming language Trine (developed at my university) it was a very satisfying experience…like math but with more power. Back then I had just started studying math at the university and had never thought of pursuing a career, let alone one in CS. I just wanted to teach math, but after deciding to major in CS I wanted to be a teacher in CS. Now I teach Java and software architecture at the university and in the software industry. In addition to this, I work as a PC member of IT conferences and facilitate retrospectives.
What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
Creating the technical content in conferences like JAOO, GOTO and QCon is very cool, I think. I get a chance to inspire so many CS people to learn more, by inviting speakers with a vision or experience to share.
Role models and heroes:
Ada Lovelace, Martin Fowler, Kristen Nygaard, Mae West.
Advice for future STEMinists?
You can do anything you want, if you believe in it. And make sure to have your kids while you are at a university. 🙂