Thank you! 😊 I’m really excited to be back speaking at Pixel Pioneers, especially in Bristol! It’s been a pretty wild five years since I spoke in Belfast. I’ve spent that time mostly focused on a startup I co-founded, Helicarrier, which has taken me out of my comfort zone as I’ve had to delve into the world of blockchain and develop my non-technical skills as a manager. This year, I’m really looking forward to being able to focus on front-end development again!
You’re no stranger to Bristol. How did you get into front-end development after studying psychology and law at the University of Bristol?
Front-end development is something I’ve been interested in since before I knew it was called “front-end development”. 😅 I started making websites as a teenager after being introduced to web technologies through the online game, Neopets. At the time, I had no idea it was something I could make a career out of, so I decided to study psychology (and then law). I enjoyed both of these courses a lot, but I somehow always found my way back to programming. So after I graduated, I decided to give it a real try and (luckily) it worked out!
I think what’s really exciting is the way new features have been launched with more cross-browser support. It’s so much less likely nowadays that a new CSS/HTML/JS API is launched and only supported by one browser. This makes developing websites so much more fun because we’re able to use new features sooner. For example, the :has CSS pseudo-class already has 84 percent global support! As always, progressive enhancement is still best practice, but it’s fun to know that the new features will be usable by a lot of end users.
What can we expect to take away from your talk?
Tell us about your annual Udacity Nanodegree scholarship program and why you launched it?
For five years now, I’ve been running a scholarship program to sponsor Nigerian women to complete a Udacity Nanodegree program of their choice in order to help them break into or level up within the tech industry. I started this because I found that I was frequently the only black/Nigerian woman in many tech spaces, and I had the capability to do something to try and change that. Now, I’m really happy to have sponsored over 50 women with the help of donors, and hoping I’ll be able to continue doing this for the foreseeable future!