GHC 18 Featured Speaker: Sophia Dominguez

GHC 18 Featured Speaker: Sophia Dominguez

There is no denying that Sophia Dominguez is passionate about technology.

“I am obsessed with all things tech,” she said. “I love new gadgets, new applications, and new content. I feel like I couldn’t be doing anything but work in tech. I wouldn’t fit in doing anything else.”

Knowing that she wanted to follow a career path in technology, Sophia emailed a startup company asking if she could learn how to become a software developer. The company hired her as an intern for the summer, allowing her to gain new skills and experience working in the tech world.

Unfortunately, entering the tech field was not without its share of problems. “Early on in my career,” Sophia revealed, “I was hit on at a dinner by the CTO of a company I was interviewing with, resulting in me leaving the dinner and, of course, not moving forward with the position.

“At the time, it killed me because I wanted the job, and I was angry that I was not able to get it because of the CTO’s inappropriate behavior,” she continued. “But I stayed in the industry. I didn’t let being told ‘no’ stop me or get in my way.”

Starting Her Own Company

Luckily, Sophia found allies to support her along her journey. She credits Alex Chung, CEO of GIPHY, as one of her biggest inspirations and an important mentor. “Without Alex, I’m not sure I would be where I am today,” she said. “He’s taught me so much about consumers and how to build a successful company.”

After discovering an interest in augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), Sophia decided to start her own business. She co-founded SVRF, the first search engine for AR/VR, and currently serves as the CEO of the company.

“Creating a company in the AR/VR space where we get to employ incredibly smart people working on hard, interesting problems is a huge achievement for me,” she said.

Shift the Future

Sophia hopes that other women technologists will likewise persevere despite any biases or challenges they may face along their career paths.

“Don’t doubt yourself,” she stated. “Do what you think is right and do not be afraid to speak your mind. The world needs you, your opinions, and your ideas.”

She encourages women to find mentors and supporters to help them enter and stay in the tech field, and advises them to seize networking opportunities such as the Grace Hopper Celebration. “It is one way to help shift the future,” she said.

 

Learn how @sophiaedm, Co-founder of @svrf, created the first search engine for immersive content for #AR and #VR by attending her #GHC18 session on Wednesday, September 26 at 2:30 p.m. Register for this session now.

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Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at AnitaB.org, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. AnitaB.org brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
  • Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols.

AnitaB.org is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event. 

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