Thursday, June 30, 2016

Meet The Women And Transgender Engineers Building MongoDB - TECH WEEK EUROPE

by Ben Sullivan 
Originally published: June 29, 2016
Publisher: TechWeekEurope.co.uk 


“The main thing that we felt was that we were very isolated from each other”

Away from the overwhelming herds of suits and blazers so typical at US tech conferences, a buzzing room at this year’s MongoDB World, hosted at the Hilton hotel in New York City, housed a refreshing and inspirational conference group: the Women and Trans Coders of MongoDB.


Diversity is a hot topic; it’s a necessary topic. While enterprise giants like Google and Microsoft enjoy often complimentary headlines surrounding their gender diversity efforts, it was intruiging to learn more about this initiative at a smaller, more purist hardcore database vendor.

“The main thing that we felt was that we were very isolated from each other,” Samantha Ritter, a 25-year-old engineer at MongoDB, told TechWeekEurope, explaining she joined MongoDB just over three years ago as an intern.