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The TechGiCS Forum

Experience Sharing

This morning, I attended a rare technology forum where all the speakers were women. Some were founders, and some were executives of internationally renowned companies, all of them outstanding and talented women. These women also have families and children and face struggles in balancing work and family life. Therefore, today’s speakers were different from the male-dominated technology forums, as they did not focus on the latest or most popular technology. They all emphasized that we should know ourselves, what we like, and what we want. They also mentioned the unique characteristics of women, who tend to feel that they are not good enough, not prepared enough, or not qualified enough.

What impressed me the most was during the final interview session, when a journalist from BUSINESS NEXT asked these women if they had planned to become outstanding women in the workplace from an early age. To our surprise, all the women answered that they did not have such a plan. They only took each step seriously and thoroughly understood themselves. 

As a woman who grew up under traditional thinking, but unexpectedly became the “Husband as homemaker, wife as breadwinner” family model because of my child, I understand why it’s important for women to first understand their passions. Being a career woman is often not supported by societal norms, and it’s only by finding happiness in our work that we can find the energy to persevere through the challenges of such a career.

Therefore, like Eunjoo Kim, a speaker who works at Google, who said that she did not intend to work in the United States originally. She only followed his husband, who needed to switch jobs. What she did was only to understand herself at every step, walk towards the direction she liked, work hard with passion, and then achieve her current success.

For me, my family role transformation was also a result of discovering that my child has special needs, which forced me to switch roles. Along the way, I deeply felt the impact of traditional thinking on our subconscious, which can greatly influence us. We may be pursuing a role that we don’t actually want to become, and sacrifice our careers. Or perhaps because we can’t find a good partner, even though we are in the workplace, our self-evaluation is low.

When we are not clear about what we are and what we want, We will feel like a candle burning at both ends, such as taking care of children, working outside, considering our husband’s feelings, and keeping ourselves beautiful. We can never do enough, and we cannot maintain a 25-year-old appearance and figure like celebrities, earn the same amount of money as our husbands and be economically independent, be a good mother, and also be a wise and virtuous wife.

It is precisely because women have too many choices now that we cannot have them all. We must recognize ourselves, what we are suitable for, what we want, what we can do, and what we like. Finding our own position is a prerequisite for being an outstanding woman.

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CEO and Co-Founder at Women Who Code – Alaina Percival

Interview session by BUSINESS NEXT

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2022 Taipei Women in Tech Honorees

得獎連結(Award link)

2022 Taipei Women in Tech Honorees

得獎過程(Award process)

我在2021年由於主持了幾場Women Who Code的活動,並成為主講者分享了幾個技術活動,受Women Who Code的邀請成為了WWC Taipei的核心志工成員。





In 2021, I became a core volunteer member of WWC Taipei after hosting several Women Who Code events and sharing some technical talks as a speaker. Because of my active participation and performance in the community, they recommended me for the selection of the Women in Tech Honor Roll. In fact, I didn’t feel anything special during the selection process, but I deeply felt the significance of the event during the celebration. There were many other excellent women present, and unlike the male-dominated tech community, women in tech place more emphasis on each other as individuals, their interests, and their ideas, rather than on who has the most technical skills or knowledge of the latest technologies. This is why I fell in love with the female tech community like WWC for the first time.

As a woman who has been an engineer for over 15 years, the difficulty of women in the tech industry is not really about concrete discrimination, but rather that “you are different from most people.” Because men and women have different perspectives, ways of looking at and thinking about things, and different priorities for important matters. Therefore, the real career dilemma for women does not come from stereotypes, but from the fact that I am different from most of my colleagues (because I am a pure R&D engineer, and most of my colleagues are men).

This can affect women’s ability to have good personal relationships with colleagues, make it harder to feel like they have a comrade-in-arms while working together, and also impact private information exchange. In addition, men and women may have different points of interest and priorities, and I am not particularly skilled at constantly discussing technical topics or expressing my superiority in technical expertise. However, in reality, the technical difficulty of the projects I work on is no less than that of male developers, and in some areas of complex programming thought, I outperform many male colleagues (at least those around me, not representative of all situations).

So I am really happy to be part of this all-female tech community. I feel like I have found like-minded individuals, and I have also discovered that many women experience imposter syndrome. We just don’t know our strengths well enough, and it’s not because we are not good enough, but because everyone here is so brave and excellent.

得獎頁面截圖(Screenshot of the award page)

My experience in software development is highly related to the fields of graphics, animation, and gaming. I have over ten years of experience in developing Flash games and have since transitioned to developing HTML5 web games. In the last three years, I have also crossed over into real-time streaming, graphics recognition, and other related fields. These areas of software development often involve complex performance and computational logic, and I believe this is my biggest strength in software development.

I am also very familiar with operating Windows and Linux servers, as well as communication protocols such as WebSockets. This enables me to take a more comprehensive approach in software development. Because my understanding of products extends beyond programming languages, I can understand or solve problems encountered in applications from various aspects such as operating systems, networks, hardware devices, etc. This has become the main reason why I can develop high-quality products.

得獎慶祝活動(Award celebration event)

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Interview with Senior Frontend Female Engineer Claire

Link to the original interview

“Women in Tech Series #1” Interview with Senior Frontend Female Engineer Claire: Improving skills and gaining team recognition to have an impact

Interview Experience

I’m honored to share my work journey as a female engineer. The interviewer and author is a female student in her final year studying Management Information Systems at National Taiwan University. She noticed that although men and women now have equal access to education, there is still a gender disparity in labor participation and average wages. This inspired her to write this interview.

During the interview, I could feel that she was a thoughtful, serious, high self-demanding, and gentle woman. She listened carefully to my expressions and asked further questions to understand more. When I saw the interview article, I was surprised by how well she understood and systematized what I wanted to say. She is truly an excellent young woman! I hope that there will be more excellent female information workers, and that more women can shine in the workplace!

Interview Content

I’m Joan Chen, and this article is the first in the “Miss Tech” Women in Tech series of interviews. “Miss Tech” is a social feedback project initiated by me to encourage more female students to enter the information technology industry through interviewing female tech professionals and hosting women’s exchange events.

This is the first interview, and I nervously and excitedly turned on the video camera and waited for Claire to join us. Soon, I saw a familiar face with a friendly smile greeting us.

Claire Chang is a frontend engineer with more than ten years of experience. She loved playing games since childhood and dreamed of entering the gaming industry to write interesting programs. Due to her curiosity about games, Claire started using Flash, a web development software, in junior high school, and even in her university graduation project, she was responsible for frontend design and development.

In addition to being an engineer, Claire is also a mother of two, juggling multiple roles as a mother, wife, daughter-in-law, and engineer, and is often busy balancing family and work.

How to balance life and work? Claire: “It’s just different choices.”

I asked her if there was a particularly difficult time at work. She replied: “I think the most difficult time was when my first child was born. All prenatal examinations were normal, but problems were found after birth.”

Due to her first child’s special needs, one parent needs to focus on taking care of the child. After coordinating with her husband, they decided that the father would take care of the child, and the mother would mainly focus on work. When it comes to how female engineers balance life and work, Claire wisely responded: “It’s just different choices.” In the limited time and energy, some mothers choose to educate their children at home, some choose to have only one child, and some choose to hire a nanny to take care of their children.

There is no such thing as the correct way of life, only the choice that suits oneself.

The benefits of female engineers in the workplace: reducing ineffective overtime and forcing new technology

Claire believes that female engineers can also play a good role in the engineering field and are essential. When she first joined the company, except for the product testing team, she was the only female engineer. But as more and more research on workplace diversity emerged and society gradually paid attention to the problems caused by the lack of diversity, the company also became more aware of the need to balance the gender gap.

She found that since the increase of female engineers in the company, there has been a significant improvement in “ineffective overtime.” Based on her observations, she found that most female engineers are not fond of working overtime, so one of the reasons why ineffective overtime may decrease is that other male colleagues gradually realize that it is possible to have good project output without working overly hard. Additionally, she has noticed that in the past, engineers would often “force new technology” onto unsuitable projects, but since the increase of female engineers, this situation has become increasingly rare.

Claire emphasizes that it is not because of female leadership that these changes have occurred, but rather that the addition of female engineers has brought different voices to the workplace. Perhaps these voices are not necessarily correct, but they can provide the team with different directions for thinking and discussing, leading to the development of a diverse culture. In fact, not only gender, but diverse professional fields and cultural backgrounds can also positively influence the work environment and output.

Increasing the proportion of female engineers may be the first step, but it is not enough to achieve a diverse and harmonious work environment. Claire shares that if female engineers want their voices to be heard and adopted by everyone, they must first gain recognition from their colleagues for their abilities. “Improving oneself and gaining recognition from the team” is an indispensable prerequisite. With recognition and value, it is easier to have an impact. Claire said, “When my suggestions are slowly accepted and seen, and I also see the success of the project, I feel a great sense of achievement.”

How to Build Good Relationships in a Workplace with a Large Gender Imbalance

Although the gender gap is significant in the workplace, and from college to the workplace, the majority of Claire’s classmates and colleagues were male, she still feels that she is out of place. Especially after work, not going to play sports or drink (with women) with male colleagues reduces opportunities to build relationships with colleagues and obtain information.

Despite this, Claire, with her extensive work experience, has found a good way to deal with it: “I choose to do my job well and improve my abilities, at least making them respect you.” At the same time, she also shared a small secret: “Try to help them as much as possible, such as helping them solve problems, at least this way they will want to have a good relationship with you.”

Conclusion: Participate in external activities to increase confidence.

Finally, Claire encourages young girls who are interested in information technology not to be afraid to participate in hackathons or technology discussion communities. She shared that when she participated in a hackathon, she received praise from the organizers, which greatly increased her confidence: “I thought I did a bad job, but everyone thought it was great, so I wondered if I really did a good job (laughs).” She encourages everyone to participate in external activities and communities, whether it’s a hackathon or a technology discussion group, because the people you meet at these events have no vested interests with you, not only do you feel comfortable interacting with them, but you are also more willing to encourage each other.

I am honored to have the opportunity to interview Claire today and have a glimpse into the lives of female engineers today, as a student with a dream of becoming an engineer. What kind of harvest does her life experience bring to you? Feel free to leave a message and share with everyone!

Note: A hackathon is a combination of “hack” and “marathon” and usually refers to a group of programmers who spend about two days brainstorming innovative ideas and programming prototypes.

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《女科技人系列 #1》專訪資深前端女工程師 Claire:提升實力、獲得團隊認可,才能發揮影響力


謝謝Joan Chen的專訪!🙋‍♀️


我是 Joan Chen 陳佳雯,這篇文章是《科技小姐 Miss Tech》女科技人專訪文章的第一篇。《科技小姐 Miss Tech》是一個由我發起的社會回饋計畫,透過專訪女科技人及舉辦女性交流活動鼓勵更多女學生進入資訊科技產業。

這是第一場專訪,緊張又興奮的我打開視訊鏡頭等待 Claire 的加入,沒多久就看見一個熟悉的面孔帶著親切的笑容跟我們打招呼。

Claire Chang 是擁有十多年經驗的前端工程師。從小熱愛打遊戲的她,夢想是進入遊戲產業,寫出趣的程式。因著對遊戲的好奇,Claire 從國中開始就接觸網頁開發軟體 Flash,一直到大學時的畢業專題也是負責前端的設計與開發。

除了是工程師之外, Claire 同時也是兩個孩子的媽媽,身兼母親、妻子、媳婦、工程師等多重角色的她,時常忙碌於家庭與職場當中。

生活與工作該如何平衡? Claire :「其實都只是不一樣的選擇而已」


由於大寶是特殊兒的緣故,需要一位家長專心照顧小孩。在與先生協調後,兩人決定由爸爸專心帶小孩,媽媽則主要專心於工作。談到女性工程師該如何平衡生活與職場時,Claire 智慧的回應說:「其實都只是不一樣的選擇而已」。在時間精力有限的情況下,有些母親選擇在家教育下一代,有些選擇只生一個孩子,也有些選擇請保母照顧小孩。



Claire 相信女性在工程領域的職場也可以有很好的發揮,而且是不可或缺的角色。她剛進公司時,除了產品測試團隊外,就只有自己一位女性工程師。但自從有越來越多關於職場多元性的研究出現,社會漸漸重視缺乏多元性帶來的問題,公司也越發意識到應該稍微平衡懸殊的性別比。


Claire 強調並非是因為女性的帶領而出現這些改變,而是因為女性加入後,職場環境多了一些不同的聲音。或許這些聲音不一定是正確的,但卻可以提供團隊不同的思考方向。在同事之間互相學習的過程中,一起討論出更佳的解決方案。過程中也能發展出多元的文化。其實不僅是性別,多元的專業領域、文化背景等,都可以正向影響工作的環境與產出。


增加女性工程師的比例也許是第一步,當光是如此仍不足以達成多元和諧的職場環境。Claire 分享若女性工程師希望自己的聲音可以被大家傾聽與採納,首先必須先獲得同事對自己能力的認可。「提升實力、獲得團隊認可」是不可缺少的前提。在被認可與重視的情況下,自然較容易發揮影響力。Claire 說:「當我的建議慢慢的被採納被看見、而我也看到專案的成功時,我覺得會帶來很大的成就感。」


雖然從大學到出社會,身邊的同學、同事都是以男性居多,Claire 還是說:「就是會覺得格格不入。」尤其是下班後不會與其他男性同事一起去打球或喝(看)酒(妹),就減少了一些可以拉近同事關係的機會以及獲得消息的管道。

雖然如此,工作經驗豐富的 Claire 也找到一套對應的好方法:「我會選擇把份內的事情做好,並提升自己的能力,至少讓他們尊重妳。」同時,她也分享一個小秘訣:「盡可能地去幫助他們,比如幫助他們解決問題,至少這樣可以讓他們想要與妳打好關係。」



今天很榮幸的可以採訪到 Claire,讓夢想成為工程師但還是學生的我,有機會一窺現今女性工程師的生活。她的人生經驗帶給妳什麼樣的收穫呢?歡迎留言跟大家交流!