There is no bigger advocate for the potential of technology to make a difference in the world than Hannah – it’s more or less in her genes after watching her parents build a website for their business. Fast forward to a Computer Sciences degree, some work with start-ups and lots of practical experience and Hannah is now raring to go as a Sky Tech Scholar.
Woe betide anyone who dismisses a career in technology as being too geeky – for Hannah, it’s about creativity, social impact and innovation.
“It’s a common misconception that computing can’t involve design and creativity. Of course, you need to know how to code, but once you’ve mastered that, the world’s your oyster in terms of how you apply it. I love seeing tech that drives positive social impact or it plays a role in environmental awareness. I’m super excited about the potential of the Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality spaces - I think these technologies will shake up a lot of industries’’
Aswel as the work she is doing for her Scholarship project, Hannah is in the process of building a social, uplifting Virtual Reality experience to try and help alleviate the negative symptoms associated with dementia. Potentially helping tackle a huge social and financial problem within the medical field.
When it comes to people who inspire her, Hannah doesn’t hesitate – her role model is Quincy Larson, founder of freeCodeCamp which pairs students learning programming with non-profits to provide them with practical development experience.
So what should you do if you want to find out whether a career in technology is for you? Go to a hackathon, says Hannah.
“Spending an entire weekend with a team of developers, most likely not sleeping, building a problem-solving product and pitching it to a load of students and judges. That’s a pretty strong indicator that you have a passion for technology if you ask me! “