Jen Myers is a web designer/developer and part of the instructor team at Dev Bootcamp in Chicago. In 2011, she founded the Columbus, Ohio chapter of Girl Develop It and currently co-leads the Girl Develop It Chicago chapter. She speaks regularly about design, development and diversity, and focuses on finding new ways to make both technology and technology education accessible to everyone.
Brittany is a mobile and desktop software developer with a focus on iPhone, iPad, and Mac platforms. She co-founded her software company, FadingRed, in 2009 after discovering that building beautiful applications was her true calling. Brittany also speaks regularly at technology events and conferences, is a community organizer for the Chicago iOS/Mac developer scene, and is passionate about youth outreach. She enjoys chocolate and artistic endeavors like music, cooking, and creating paintings to fill vacant walls.
Chris is a full-stack web developer with 7 to 15 years of experience, depending how you count. He believes that we are all both teachers and students, and the best way forward is just to be excited about what you're working on (or is it the other way around?). He has contributed several open-source projects to the Ruby/Rails community, you can see his code over at github.com/arches. When he isn't working he's probably playing tennis or piano, or attending Chicago's vast array of comedic and dramatic theaters.
Stephanie is a front-end web developer at GiveForward (http://www.giveforward.com/). She studied graphic design and quickly learned she loved the problem solving that came with it. She was fortunate enough to be introduced to web design and development where she could combine her interests in design and technology. She has a passion for learning and giving back to the community. She loves supporting local businesses and restaurants, and enjoys traveling, drawing and zoo visits.
Jen is an entrepreneur and digital media consultant. She studied computer science and has spent much of her career leading agile software development teams globally. In college, Jen developed a passion for getting girls interested in STEM fields and is excited about making software development more accessible to everyone. She's a self-confessed learning junkie (Coursera, Codecademy, etc.), avid reader, enthusiastic sports fan and cool aunt.
After years of managing technical projects and watching developers have all the fun, Amanda decided to join the party. She's learning Ruby on Rails and contributes to web development projects for nonprofits as a front-end developer. Amanda is drawn to programming because there's always something new to discover. Every time she learns something new, she wants to share it with someone else!