by Lisanne Marie Van Engelen
With over 300 million users, it can be difficult to find people on Twitter who are actually worth following. Here is a list of some leading ladies in the tech world to help with that search! Some of the women work in robotics, while some others work as CEOs. All impact the tech world while inspiring other girls to get interested in tech. Most of these women post updates on projects they are working on and link tech related articles, especially those that have to do with women in the business. Be sure to add them to your feed and get your daily dose of #womenintech news.
Helen Greiner @helengreiner
Currently, Helen Greiner is CEO of CyPhy Works, a robotics company that specializes in multi-rotor drones. Greiner was also co-founder of iRobot, the company that designs robots like the “Roomba,” the self-aware robotic vacuum cleaner. She received the Pioneer Award from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). The award recognizes someone in the field of robotics who has contributed to the development of unmanned vehicle systems. In 2007, she was inducted in the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame (WITI), a list that recognizes contributions women have made to the scientific and technological communities. Other notable inductees include Gwynne Shotwell, President of SpaceX and Ruth Leach Amonette, the first female VP of IBM. Greiner tweets funny articles about drones in addition to articles that explore the field of robotics.
Heather Knight @heatherknight
Heather Knight is CEO of Marilyn Monrobot, a company that blends robotics and entertainment by creating robots that are socially intelligent and can perform in front of live audiences. In 2011, Knight was on the Forbes 30 under 30 list, a list of movers and shakers under the age of 30. You can watch Knight speaking about Marilyn Monrobot and watch one of her robots perform here. Follow Knight for her jokes about robots and tech and photos from her latest robotics projects.
Reshma Saujani @reshmasaujani
In 2012, Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code, a nonprofit organization that runs programs that teach programming skills to high school girls. Originally a politician, Saujani came up with the idea of Girls Who Code after visiting various schools and noticing a significant lack of girls in computer science classes. Saujani tweets updates about Girls Who Code, as well as updates of her own life and her exploration into technology.
Angela Ahrendts @AngelaAhrendts
Forbes ranked Ahrendts the 25th most powerful woman in the world in 2015. The current Vice President of Retail and Online Stores at Apple, in 2014 she was ranked as the 29th most powerful woman in business. Ahrendts actually does not come from a technical background; she graduated college with a Merchandising and Marketing degree and then joined the fashion industry as CEO of Burberry in 2006. She left Burberry in 2014 to join Apple as its only female senior executive. Ahrendts posts about new features and Apple store openings, but also provides insights about cities she’s visiting and links to articles discussing advances in technology.
Tracy Chou @triketora
The most popular of our list, Tracy Chou is one of the lead software engineers at Pinterest and is an active women-in-tech advocate. Chou appeared on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list in 2014 and has previously worked for companies such as Quora and Facebook. Chou tweets about student loans, Lululemon and articles that call out the lack of women in technology.
Hannah Chung @hchung
Hannah Chung is co-founder of Sproutel, creator of Jerry the Bear, a toy designed to help type 1 diabetic children learn to manage their own blood sugar levels. The interactive toy allows children to learn what foods are the best to eat and what to do if their blood sugar is low. On Twitter, Chung shares photos and developments of the newest Jerry the Bear models. Get ready for lots of cute bear pictures.You can watch a Jerry the Bear demonstration on YouTube here.