Meet Tech Role Model - Masha!
We are so honored to have Masha aka @codingblonde featured here on the Hello Bezlo Role Model blog! She is one of our favorite advocates for women in technology! Let's hear all about why she got interested in tech and how she inspires other women and girls to embrace their passion for coding.
How and when did you develop your passion for coding?
I first tried coding without really realising it when I was 11 -- we were studying some Visual Basic in my IT classes and I’ve developed a real passion for it. I loved the fact that I could build anything and achieve the same result using different methods!
I stopped learning and exploring that when I was 14 and moved to a boarding school in England. Then all of my energy went towards learning English (my first language is Russian) and making friends in this new environment. I started learning how to code again after I finished my Masters which has opened a whole new world of opportunities for me!
Coding can bring about lots of opportunities! What’s the coolest experience you’ve had throughout your coding journey?
Starting Coding Blonde! I have never coded professionally, but I’m super passionate about technology and helping others learning how to code. And I’ve found this amazing outlet by combining my knowledge of coding and a background in marketing and content creation. I’m super grateful for this journey and for the awesome community and friends I have found online.
We just love your Instagram and your YouTube channel! Why do you feel it is important to share your love of coding with the world?
Thank you! My goal is to make tech more accessible and break stereotypes around it. Anyone can learn how to code and I want to show that it can be lots of fun!
How do you think we can encourage more girls to learn to code and be more engaged with the technology they are using?
I never thought of Computer Science as an option for me when selecting my degree, which partially is because nobody encouraged me to do it. I think that this is the key part in this equation -- encouraging and exciting girls about the opportunities that coding brings you. I mean you can build your own world using code -- what’s not to be excited about?!
Who is your role model in the world of tech?
Grace Hopper, hands down. She is such an inspiration, I’ve read a ton about her journey and made a YouTube video about her. She was a real innovator and a creative pirate who has changed the world of software forever. She is the reason why we can all learn how to code so easily!
What is your favorite new tech gadget?
Even though I geek out over new gadgets, my phone has been my all time favourite! I mean it’s so versatile and practically is my life -- especially now that I live so far away from home. It’s my communication device, my watch, my organiser, my social media manager, my content creator, my best friend and my worst enemy. It’s a love - hate relationship ;)
Does technology have an influence in your sense of style? What are your big predictions for the future of fashion tech?
Absolutely haha! Because I now carry my laptop everywhere I go, I’ve switched to backpacks -- to distribute the weight equally on my shoulders. And once you start wearing a backpack it’s a domino effect: you stop wearing heels, start wearing comfortable clothing and generally start enjoying down-to-earth life more. My style has become very relaxed and very practical. And I think that’s the case for many people: comfort beats high fashion.
How do you balance your use of technology when it comes to work and your spare time?
It’s a constant struggle, I’m not going to lie! It’s difficult to peel yourself off a screen after you finish work -- the entertainment industry makes sure of that! But living in Denver we are lucky to have a lot of outdoor activities, which helps a lot. I also like to cooking or creating things with my hands, for example painting from time to time. It’s nice to develop skills that don’t require typing.
What advice would you give to little girls who are interested in coding and technology?
Explore and have fun with it! It’s a whole world that you can build, so let your imagination run wild!
This is all fantastic advice for Bezlo Girls! Thanks so much, Masha, for spreading your love of technology to women and girls everywhere! We can't wait to see more of Masha's content all about coding and tech! Don't forget to check out Masha's website at www.codingblonde.com or connect with her on Instagram @codingblonde!