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HANNAH BLAIR

Software developer, Deutsche Bank

 

And - Founder, VR:Calm. Winner - Sky Women in Technology Award

What drives me to keep going is making a real, positive impact on society through technology.

What do you do?

"I built a VR experience to help people with dementia." 

I’m a software developer currently in a graduate scheme at Deutsche Bank, which means I’m getting the opportunity to explore various tech teams within the company. I am getting an insight into web development, software development and UI/UX design.

 

Alongside this, I’m also a VR developer, running my own startup outside work. I built a VR experience to help people with dementia, and since then I realised I wanted to pursue this and bring it to life. I’m currently developing another improved prototype while collating market research and working with Sky, who is helping me with this venture.

Why did you choose this field?

I chose this field because I wanted the skills to develop and build any cool ideas that came into my head. I love that coding can be a super fun hobby as well as a professional occupation. I remember the moment when I was 15 and at a Stemettes workshop and built a program in scratch. That’s when I learned how creative you can be with a few lines of code!

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Winning Sky’s Women in Technology Award was a pivotal moment in my career. With their funding and support, I’ve been able to learn an incredible amount about both tech in industry and tech as an entrepreneur. I have been able to tap into their network and learn from fantastic people in the industry who have done awesome work. If you told me 10 years ago that I would be where I am now, I definitely wouldn’t believe it!

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM because it’s constantly changing. Right now, amazing advancements are happening in all areas of science and it’s so exciting to be a part of it. I love experimenting with cutting edge technologies such as the Magic Leap and realising the potential of it. I particularly look forward to playing a role in innovating the technology within the healthcare sector. What drives me to keep going is the thought of making a real, positive impact on society through tech.

Best advice for the next generation

Even if you fail – keep trying. Be resilient, because every failure or rejection is an opportunity to learn.

Role model 

Quincy Larson – Founder of FreeCodeCamp. He started FreeCodeCamp to teach people without a tech degree how to code, while helping non-profit organisations who need technical skills.