Women Who Code started as a community group in 2011 when a handful of technologists decided they wanted to change the industry experience for women engineers. Since then, it has become a global non-profit organization and the world’s largest and most active community dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.
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One city at a time, Women Who Code spread around the world, reaching more than 20 countries. Each city has its own unique culture and has seen local leaders rise to be both leaders of our movement and leaders of the industry, paving the way for the new face of tech.
Holly Marie Peck is the founder and director of Women Who Code Vancouver, a community she grew from 0 to 2300 techlords in three years. She is a 2018 BC Business 30 Under 30, a 3x Microsoft MVP in Artificial Intelligence, and a recipient of the Udacity x Intel scholarship in Edge AI. Recently, she was profiled in the YouTube docuseries 'The Age of AI', narrated by Robert Downey Jr., the first episode of which has seen over 41 million views. Additionally, Holly is a creative technologist and AI engineer manager, founder, advisor, and electronic artist. She has a BA in from Princeton University and a background in AI/robotics and cognitive computing. Once, she wrote a thesis on northwest coast native art and the politics and poetics of representation in museum settings.
Photo Credit: Holly Peck
Holly first contemplated humanness whilst excavating Neanderthal bones in France. Since, her creative and engineering projects have explored human and machine learning, robotics and embodiment, and memory and ritual. On weekends, Holly programs polyphonic synthesizers, does machine learning, and develops 35mm film. In 2018, she released her first electronic album called ‘Nobody’ as part of her synth-pop project NUIT. She has a fondness for breakfast, architectures, and black latex.
Currently, Holly is Director of Creative Services at Soul Machines, where she leads a global team of NLP/NLU engineers, conversational designers, and linguists pioneering the future of conversational AI for embodied machine agents. Previously, Holly was Director of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) at a humanoid robotics company, where she built AI-powered cognitive architecture for humanoid robots and created IP around the future of ethical human-robot interaction.
Thank you to Holly Peck and her Co-Leads Senzeni Mpofu and Patience Mpofu for joining us as guests on the Paper Trails podcast. Click here for full video interview.
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