Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tune into Google's Women Techmakers and hear from incredible women (including Kiva Board Chair Julie Hanna)

This is a guest post from Google Developers Live.

Google supports diversity and inclusion in all of its communities, including users, employees and developers. In that spirit, Google Developers Live launched Women Techmakers (WTM) in November, an initiative to bring visibility to women in technology who are fearlessly innovating, honing technical expertise and testing the boundaries of the web.

Now the Women Techmakers series is back for round two on Google Developers Live (GDL)! In the spirit of the holidays, hosts Megan Smith of Google[x], Lacy Caruthers (Google Giving), Angela Lin (YouTube EDU) and Pavni Diwanji (Google+), sit down with women who are using their technical backgrounds to effect social change and make an impact. 

You can watch Julie Hanna, chair of Kiva’s board of directors, on the program from December 11 below:

As a repeat entrepreneur, board chair of Kiva, startup and venture advisor, and angel investor, Julie Hanna knows about giving back. Her work at Kiva has been integral in touching over 800,000 low-income entrepreneurs in over 60 countries, adding up to more than $350 million loans delivered. Radhika Malpani, Bridgette Sexton of Google Ventures, and Anita Yuen of dive into Julie’s experience using her technical skills to make social change.

Yesterday, WTM talked to Jennifer Pahlka of Code for America.

Code for America is a new kind of public service. Join hosts Chris DiBona and Lacy Caruthers in the GDL studio, as they sit down with Code for America founder and executive director Jennifer Pahlka to discuss how she is working on the technical side with web professionals and cities nationwide to promote public service and reboot government.

There's still time to catch WTM's new series live.

TODAY, 12/13: WTM & Sasha Laundy - Codecademy | 2:30 pm PST | 22:30 UTC | Watch live | Add to calendar

Codecademy makes learning code easy and collaborative. From Women Who Code and Codecademy, Sasha Laundy joins Amanda Surya and Angela Lin for a discussion of how Codecademy makes learning code interactive, iterative, and fun. More minds are better than one!

Friday, 12/14: WTM & Kim Polese - ClearStreet Inc., Sun Microsystems | 2:30 pm PST | 22:30 UTC | Watch live | Add to calendar

ClearStreet Inc., a social finance startup, is focused on helping people eliminate debt and achieve long-term financial health. Chairwoman and original Java Project Manager at Sun, Kim Polese, speaks with Megan Smith and Pavni Diwanji about her experience as a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technology executive, and how her work with ClearStreet is impacting users’ daily lives.

Catch up on the first WTM series while you're getting ready for this week's lineup. Visit the Google+ events to RSVP, add the episodes to your Google calendar, tune in live on GDL, and ask questions of our on-air guests. And, most importantly, become part of the conversation by hashtagging #WTM posts on Google+.

Watch Women Techmakers any time by visiting us at our new home. Tune in live, view archived episodes, and check out upcoming content.

Kiva is proud to support Google in spotlighting incredible women change makers! We hope you'll tune in to today and tomorrow's programs.