The Next Ada Lovelace: Inspiring the Future Generation of Female Makers
Founder of Tinybop, Raul Gutierrez joins colleagues from Hopscotch, NYC FIRST, Tiggly, Toca Boca Fatherly to discuss the practice and importance of closing the gender gap in the maker community by designing apps and products to appeal to all kids, regardless of gender.
Raul Gutierrez is the founder and CEO of Tinybop Inc., a Brooklyn-based studio. Tinybop’s award-winning apps include The Human Body, Plants, Homes, Simple Machines, and The Robot Factory. The company champions curiosity, tinkering, and good plain fun. Inspired by vintage children’s books, toys, and films, Tinybop designs digital toys that dive into the wonders of our everyday world.
Jocelyn is the CEO and co-founder of Hopscotch, a startup working to make computer programming accessible to all. A former educator and business owner, Jocelyn combines her love of building companies with a passion for empowering students of all ages through experiential learning.
Co-Founder and CEO of Fatherly, Board Co-Chairman at Career Gear and Development Committee at The Moth. Ex-Thrillist.
Jens Peter de Pedro, or JP, is a Creative Lead at Toca Boca. He is the Play Designer behind apps such as Toca Hair Salon, Toca Band, Toca Kitchen, Toca Train, and Helicopter Taxi. JP has worked for the UN, WGBH and Swedish Television. He lives in Brooklyn with his family and enjoys rhyming to a beat. Jens is pronounced Yens.
Azadeh (Azi) Jamalian, PhD, is a co-founder and Chief Learning Officer at Tiggly- an exciting new learning company that is on a mission to improve how preschoolers learn on their tablets by bringing physical play into their digital sandbox. At Tiggly, she oversees product design, curriculum, and research. Azadeh is also adjunct assistant professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.
After a 25-year career managing Investment Banking technology at a number of NYC financial firms, Pat transitioned to the nonprofit sector focusing on education technology. Pat is the Executive Director of NYC FIRST, the local affiliate of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) providing project-based robotics to over 4000 students annually in the NY metro area through tournaments and expos. She was introduced to FIRST 7 years ago when she volunteered as a judge at a FIRST LEGO League tournament. A 9 year old girl told her this was the first time she had fun with science and Pat knew she needed to learn more about how FIRST created that enthusiasm. She started by mentoring the FeMaidens, an all girls robotics team from Bronx HS of Science, and soon became the Regional Director for FIRST in NYC. She has since met people all over the world involved with FIRST and the stories are always inspiring. Pat received a bachelors degree in social sciences from Pennsylvania State University and did graduate work in Industrial Psychology at Baruch College. She lives in NYC, loves to travel with her husband to as many “off the beaten path” places as she can and is determined to learn to weld this year.