Community stories

Once a month, we are putting a woman who codes in the spotlight, to tell their story and to promote their skills and talent.

Rune Devuyst
in the spotlight

Meet Rune Devuyst, Coding designer & accessibility consultant

Meet Rune, a coding designer & accessibility consultant. Her journey in tech includes many chapters: she worked for a number of Belgian start-ups, achieved her early dream of working for a Silicon Valley company, and then dared to change her dream to meet the balance in life we should all strive for.
In her day to day life she focuses her efforts on bringing more attention to accessibility through her consultancy work and teaching experience, while allocating time for her six lovely pets and different crafts.

Read the story of Rune Devuyst, Coding designer & accessibility consultant
  • Gladys Villegas
    in the spotlight

    Meet Gladys Villegas, Remote Sensing Data Scientist

    Gladys is a PhD candidate in BioScience engineering. Her research focuses on monitoring Ecuadorian land to study important questions such as deforestation in the Amazonian region of Ecuador and improving farming practices with satellite data insights.

    When she's not processing geospatial data, you can find gladys expressing her creativity through photography to capture the beauty of this world, and cooking as she loves to invest recipes. Besides creativity, physical endurance is another trait she upholds as she enjoys pushing her limits with a long run and calisthenics exercises.

    6 min read

  • Tessa Ickx
    in the spotlight

    Meet Tessa Ickx, Data Scientist

    Meet Tessa Ickx, a data scientist or programmer surrounded with data as she beautifully describes it.

    Tessa’s fascination with tech began at a very young age, sparked by her curiosity towards computers. She then taught herself how to code and later pursued her studies in Information Engineering Technology. In her free time, Tessa is passionate about knowledge sharing and engages in teaching STEM subjects to children aged 8 to 15.

    5 min read

  • Azize Ergün
    in the spotlight

    Meet Azize Ergün, Software Engineer

    Katniss Everdeen might not have been a coder but Azize is.

    Azize Ergün is a 24-year-old software engineer with a passion for adventure and coding. After a study trip in New York and an internship in Milan, Azize landed her first job about a year ago, in a product company as a software engineer with a scrum master hat. Her hobbies include archery, reading and a thirst for exploring new horizons.

    8 min read

  • Sarah Klein
    in the spotlight

    Meet Sarah Klein, Senior Data Scientist

    Who says data scientists don't sing in choirs?
    Meet Dr. Sarah Klein, a German-born multitalented data scientist with a PhD in physics. And yes, Sarah is also part of a local choir since she moved to Belgium.

    While Sarah originally didn't set out to start coding, she learned it more or less by chance during her physics studies and it helped steer her towards statistical physics which eventually led to her current job.

    4 min read

  • Astrid De Ruddere
    in the spotlight

    Meet Astrid De Ruddere, Full-stack developer

    Astrid has been a web developer for over a decade, first working as an employee and later on she made the switch to going freelance. With JavaScript, the Vue framework and PHP as her main tools of trade, Astrid focusses on full-stack web development.

    A few years ago she made the bold choice to launch a project of her own, a perfect way to push past her boundaries.

    Curious what this entrepeneurial developer does during a normal weekday?

    5 min read

  • Sarra Laksaci
    in the spotlight

    Meet Sarra Laksaci, Machine Learning Engineer

    Sarra is a soon to be Machine Learning engineer, who became fascinated by computer vision and artificial intelligence during her studies. As you read this she is finising up her Master thesis, a study that identifies fire salamanders through their spot patterns.

    In her free time, you might run into Sarra while she's visiting musea, exhibitions, local cities or trying out a new hobby. But her true passion lies in comic books, which has been reignited since she moved to Belgium.

    Sarra is also a very gifted public speaker, something we were fortunate enough to learn at one of our previous events.

    8 min read

  • Leonor Drummond
    in the spotlight

    Meet Leonor Drummond, Data Scientist

    Switching careers isn't always easy or straightforward. The same can be said after reading about Leonor's journey into tech. The road was bumpy, but thanks to her eagerness to learn and persevere, Leonor has become the data scientist she is today.

    A big part of her job consists out of doing research, brainstorming and problem solving together with team members.

    Outside work, Leonor is adventurous and has a big love for sports, such as snowboarding, hiking mountain trails, kite surfing and so on... but on a regular weekday, you are more likely to find her going on walks with her trusted labrador by her side.

    6 min read

  • Asma Oualmakran
    in the spotlight

    Meet Asma Oualmakran, Software Security Consultant

    Where there is software and data, there is usually a security risk. Asma specialises in both AI and cybersecurity and her work includes a variety of client work and internal work. Some days she spends time researching how AI's can be trained to be less biased, while other days she might be looking into clients' codebases to spot vulnaribilities and presenting them with solutions and best practices.

    Asma is also an avid fish keeper, who has several fish tanks filled with colourful fish and corals. She even managed to find Nemo!

    9 min read

  • Lisa Trapletti
    in the spotlight

    Meet Lisa Trapletti, Tech Lead

    Sustainability is a big part of our future and it's thanks to Lisa that we had the chance to learn some good practices and ways to move forward. Lisa is a tech lead and senior software developer who's passionate about many things. Sustainability definitely being one of them.

    But above all she's kind, emphatic and full of energy! ⚡️ The kind of person you wish to have as a mentor.

    11 min read

  • Floriane Magera
    in the spotlight

    Meet Floriane Magera, Innovation Engineer

    For Floriane, it wasn't exactly love at first sight with programming. It was only after she had to retake the course that she came to love it. Which led her to become an innovation engineer.

    Floriane enjoys to challenge herself and sets out various objectives in order to grow. Whether it's on an athletic or a professional level. Besides cycling, running and hiking, she is also into slow fashion and upcycling clothes. But her biggest interest might be trying out all the different kinds of beer in the world!

    11 min read

  • Laila Bougria
    in the spotlight

    Meet Laila Bougria, Software Engineer

    Laila is a true source of inspiration. From early on in life she has enjoyed learning new things, wether it is out of sheer interest to try out a new hobby or to strengthen her career as a software engineer. But at some point she realised that it's actually the learning journey that appeals to her the most.

    When Laila's passion for software engineering and her love for sharing knowledge was combined with the encouragement of fellow peers she pushed forward as a public speaker. Nowadays you can find Laila speaking at events such as Techorama and international dotNet conferences.

    11 min read

  • Aline Lanckneus
    in the spotlight

    Meet Aline Lanckneus, Frontend Developer

    Aline started out in veterinarian medicine, but after a while she realised that she wanted something different in life. A decision she didn't take lightly.

    Her next career had to be intellectually challenging, have a decent salary and flexible hours  So after doing research she came to the conclusion that IT was the obvious choice.

    7 min read

  • Léa Heitz
    in the spotlight

    Meet Léa Heitz, Game, Tools & Systems Developer

    Have you ever wondered what the career of a game developer looks like?
    We certainly did! Meet Léa, who works as a game, tools and systems developer and who recently applied to a pretty well-known game studio!

    Besides working on games, she's also an avid gamer herself, with a love for Sci-Fi / space-related games such as Astroneer and Deep Rock Galactic. But that's just a fraction of her many interests!

    7 min read

  • Anna Varzina
    in the spotlight

    Meet Anna Varzina, Data Scientist

    Anna came to Belgium for her PhD in civil engineering and applied mathematics, not long after she discovered her love for data science. And as it happens, one day she found her current job through our member network.

    5 min read

  • Evelien Rutsaert
    in the spotlight

    Meet Evelien Rutsaert, Teacher and Freelance Web Developer

    Evelien is a college/university teacher who helps shape the young adult minds of our society and guide them through the world of media and tech. Besides teaching, Evelien is also a freelance web developer, helping companies build a better digital experience.

    4 min read

  • Sophie Ragas
    in the spotlight

    Meet Sophie Ragas, Accesibillity Consultant

    Sophie is specialised in accessibility and helps clients understand that certain changes are needed to make their website accessible to as many people as possible. She also happens to be a big fan of everything related to royal families and runs a very cool and interesting website where you can read up on the history and facts of the royal families across the world!

    7 min read

  • Aagje Reynders
    in the spotlight

    Meet Aagje Reynders, Front-end Developer & UI/UX Designer

    Aagje is a creative soul who has many skills and talents. One of her hobbies is cosplaying and creating parts of her costume. But she is also someone who cares a lot about diversity and working towards a more inclusive industry.

    6 min read

  • Marta Luffarelli
    in the spotlight

    Meet Marta Luffarelli, Remote Sensing Scientist

    A scientist, PHD candidate and yoga instructor are just a few parts to describe Marta, who has been working in the Earth Observation field since her studies. 🛰

    6 min read

  • Stefanie Gevaert
    in the spotlight

    Meet Stefanie Gevaert, Freelance Developer

    Meet Stefanie Gevaert, an early Devine graduate who has been working as a front- and back-end developer for nearly a decade. Nowadays, Stefanie works on international projecta as a freelancer specialised in Craft CMS.

    6 min read

  • Oya Canli
    in the spotlight

    Oya Canli, Android Developer

    Meet Oya Canli, who's got an impressive educational background in industrial engineering, philosophy and applied ethics! After becoming a mom, she made the switch to become an Android developer.

    7 min read

  • Anna Gajecka
    in the spotlight

    Meet Anna Gajecka, Software Tester

    Meet Anna Gajecka, a software tester who transitioned from literature to software. While coding isn't necessarily required for manual testers, Anna's curiosity pushed her to take the first steps towards learning how to code.

    10 min read

  • Marie Hargitt
    in the spotlight

    Marie Hargitt, Full-stack developer

    Meet Marie Hargitt, a full-stack developer, formerly working in digital communications and co-organiser of DataBeers Brussels.

    5 min read

  • Lisa Becker
    in the spotlight

    Lisa Becker, Machine Learning Engineer

    Meet Lisa Becker, who moved here from Germany, recently finished her masters degree in Science - Cognitive Systems and started working as a Machine Learning Engineer.

    7 min read

  • Siu Mei Soan
    in the spotlight

    Meet Siu Soạn, Front-end developer

    Siu is a former medical lab technician who made a career change after yearning for more creative work. It was her love for design and eagerness to learn that actually spiked an interest in digital and tech. Which in turn, pulled her towards a specialisation in frontend development.

    6 min read

  • Christina Wunder
    in the spotlight

    Meet Christina Wunder, Corporate Communications Manager

    It was only last year during the February edition of our TechTalks at Hackages that we had the pleasure of inviting Christina as a speaker. I think that everyone who has ever heard her speak will agree that she is an amazing speaker!

    7 min read

  • Marijke Meersman
    in the spotlight

    Meet Marijke Meersman, .Net consultant

    Meet Marijke, a junior .Net consultant with mad nail art skills and a love for gadgets. Before switching to tech, Marijke graduated as an applied psychology major where she focused her thesis on e-mental health.

    6 min read

  • Griet Van Loo
    in the spotlight

    Meet Griet Van Loo, .Net consultant

    Our newest interviewee, Griet is a software developer who’s trying to combine her work with running a household, a social life and keeping her cats alive. She keeps herself busy with putting things on her bucket list and trying to complete them, sadly not always at the same rate.

    7 min read

  • Zeynep Hanim Kapusuz
    in the spotlight

    Zeynep H Kapusuz, Full-stack Developer

    This months interviewee Zeynep, a woman, mother, wife, teacher, refugee, student and developer. Always pushing the boundaries to be the best version of herself.

    6 min read

  • Elke Heymans
    in the spotlight

    Elke Heymans, Front-end consultant

    Elke is a front-end developer with a strong interest in a variety of web technologies and who’s currently focusing on everything Vue related. In her spare time, you can find her taking photographs at events, training for half marathons.

    9 min read

  • Janine George
    in the spotlight

    Dr. Janine George, Computational Chemist

    For this month’s issue we had the chance to interview a special type of programmer. Meet Janine George, a computational chemist using code and supercomputers as part of her research. 🤩

    6 min read

  • Silke Henderickx
    in the spotlight

    Silke Henderickx, Java /.NET Developer

    Meet Silke, our newest spotlight member, She’s a Java/.NET developer and the co-founder/organiser of the newly-born Antwerp Java User Group. Besides being an all round geek, you can probably catch her playing Guild Wars 2 and reading fantasy novels.

    10 min read

  • Janique-ka John
    in the spotlight

    Janique-ka John, Software Engineer

    Meet Janique-ka John, who moved all the way from St. Vincent and Grenadines! She is a software engineer currently focussing on front-end and founder of the Women in Tech Caribbean community.

    6 min read

  • Ksenia Karelskaya
    in the spotlight

    Ksenia karelskaya, Front-end Web Developer

    Meet Ksenia Karelskaya, who's part of the NG-BE conference team and one of the people who's putting her shoulders under the NG-girls workshop.

    4 min read

  • Veerle Verbert
    in the spotlight

    Veerle Herbert, Freelance WordPress Developer

    Meet our very first spotlight member, Veerle! Veerle works as freelance web developer for Con Impeto, doing mostly custom WordPress and front-end development.

    8 min read

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