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March 08, 2017
Celebrating IWD with our Women in Tech
By: Sinead Doherty

In honour of International Women’s Day, I decided to write a blog celebrating some of our incredible women in tech, however when it came to writing the list I ended up with far too many names and quickly realised we had too many inspirational females with incredible career stories to cram into a one-off post. So, what started as a single blog has evolved into the launch of a new series “Tech Ladies of The Dock”.

This series will shake up gender hierarchies by shining a light on the journeys of our inspirational women, across a range of ages and levels. By creating a platform for these stories, we aim to inspire and empower other women and girls, in or considering a role in this traditionally male dominated space. So, for now meet some of the amazing team, and stay tuned for future instalments.


Claire Carroll
Who

Claire Carroll, Marketing Innovation Lead, The Dock.

Experience to date

“I loved studying marketing and media and have spent the past fifteen years in digital marketing roles on many sides of the industry, including publisher, brand and agency.

Throughout my career, I’ve never taken a pre-existing role and have always been part of disruption in business. I’m restlessly curious, so I value continuous learning and being challenged.”    

Field of interest

“The evolution of media and how it influences society and the economics of it. I’m fascinated by how media influences people and is also a source of inspiration in the arts and culture. Over the past few hundred years it has been vibrant and innovative industry with no signs of slowing down given this era of how the major tech platforms are revolutionizing how people connect, share and live.”

My mantra

“Integrity is choosing courage over comfort”.

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Colleen Connolly

Who

Colleen Connolly, Product Manager, The Dock

Experience to date

“I've worked with Accenture for twelve years, primarily in Government within our Health & Public Service business and now at The Dock. During this time, I also spent ten months travelling and had three kids.”

It’s inspiring to know that the work we do has a positive impact on governments and the users of their services. As a working Mum, it’s important to me that the work I do is meaningful. Knowing that I’m working on projects that will help shape the future world that they grow up in inspires me every day.”

Field of interest

“Data is the currency of institutions like governments and banks and I'm interested in the safety of this data, the ethics of its use and how we can continuously drive and improve services that we offer while respecting the privacy of individuals.”

My mantra

“Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.”

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Zara Kinneen

Who

Zara Kinneen, Software Developer, The Dock  

Experience to date

“I recently graduated with a Masters in Software Engineering and have been working at The Dock for almost a year now. 

Over the course of the last twelve months, I have had many wonderful experiences and am enjoying working with such talented people, while digging into new problems and learning new technologies to solve them.”

Field of interest

“I’m passionate about innovation and ever curious about how we can incorporate the latest technologies to improve everyday life. 

I’m also interested in STEM, the future of technology and enjoy mentoring children at our Coderdojo.”

My mantra

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.”                         

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Medb Corcoran

Who

Medb Corcoran, Intelligent Enterprise Analytics Lead, The Dock

Experience to date

“My background is in mathematics, finance and advanced analytics, I’ve plenty of experience leading highly skilled, quantitative teams in consulting and industry.  I specialise in brigading the business and technical/quantitative worlds – translating business requirements into innovative analytical and artificial intelligence solutions.”

Field of interest

“AI and Analytics of course, but I am also passionate about education, STEM and skills development. I work closely with first to third level institutions in Ireland, to help shape degrees in analytics and promote STEM . I currently sit on the Smart Futures Advisory Board and a member of Smart Futures Women in STEM network group.”

My mantra

 “You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. (Robin Williams)”

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Sara van de Moosdijk

Who

Sara van de Moosdijk, Senior Analyst Artificial Intelligence

Experience to date

“I’m currently supporting the Tech Labs team here at The Dock. When I’m not in Dublin, I work as part of the Emerging Technologies team in Amsterdam, which has been my home for the past two years.”

Field of interest

“My main passion and educational background is in Natural Language Processing, but I have worked with various Artificial Intelligence technologies throughout my time at Accenture, including virtual agents, deep learning, and video analytics. 

Additionally, I help support the Artificial Intelligence Community of Practice through the publication of documents and the organisation of vendor presentations.”

My mantra

“I believe in common sense and constantly challenging oneself to learn new skills and try new things.

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Dara Carolan

Who

Dara Carolan, Software Engineer, The Dock

Experience to date

“I began my career as a UX designer and have worked in various start-ups and SMEs, as well as large corporations such as Bank of Ireland and Deloitte. After ten years in UX design, I moved into software development and am currently concentrating on UI development and front end technologies.

I love learning and have a Masters in Design as well as a post graduate diploma in Web Technologies. I’m also involved in meetups and tech networking opportunities, including the DublinUX and Codepen Meetups.”

Field of interest

“Frontend Development / UI Engineering - currently working with React and Redux. Very interested in tech and networking events, learning new technologies, and finding out how different teams work together and communicate.”

My mantra

 “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”

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Laura O’Malley

Who

Laura O’Malley Analytics Analyst, The Dock

Experience to date

In 2015 I graduated from Management Science and Information Systems Studies in Trinity College, Dublin. The course combined business, math’s and computers with a strong focus on statistics and consulting skills. An internship at the colorful offices of the world’s largest search engine and some freelance analytics work piqued my interest in analytics. I joined the Analytics team here in The Dock in April of last year.

Field of interest

“My focus is on analytics, AI and natural language processing. I love numbers and problem-solving and so this is an area where I can use my strengths to make an impact. I’m particularly interested in applications that have a positive impact on society, such as in health and education. The recent rapid growth in interest in the area makes it an exciting field to be in – there are endless meetups, articles and competitions that spark fascinating conversations about the opportunities and risks surrounding analytics and AI.”

My mantra:

“Whether you say, “I can” or “I can’t,” you’re right either way.”

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