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In the Spotlight 10: Annabelle Buffart

This week, we’re going to travel to Luxembourg! Let’s meet another great woman in tech: Annabelle Buffart:

Name:  Annabelle Buffart
Job:  Consultant Front-end developer and Community Manager at Agile Partner
Favorite website, app or gadget:  I like all kind of geeky gadgets, from the Nabaztag to the watch Withings! As for my favorite application: I’m always using the Twitter app (Mac, iPhone, iPad). And my daily geeky news is on http://www.journaldugeek.com/
Twitter: @yoseihana
Site: annabelle.io (always under construction :D )

What inspired you to pursue a career in IT?
First of all, nothing. I’ve started to study Communication. In fact, my parents wanted me to start IT studies, because I was always doing stuff on my computer. But I really had a nerdy image of the IT sector. So I’ve started communication studies because I really like to talk. And then I’ve met my boyfriend during my studies. He was on IT learning and I discovered everything in IT with him. At the end of my bachelor degree I didn’t have a job. So I decided to take a new cursus in IT. After another 3 years of studying: I’m a graduate with a computer graphics specialization in web development.

What does your working day look like?
I’m a morning person, I like to be at the office around 8:00 AM, before everyone else arrives.  I start with my daily dose of new technology learning. When everyone is at the office, we start with a short meeting about work, if we’ve got some issues the day before and so on. After that daily talking, I begin my work. I’m very concentrated between 10 AM to 12 AM. I’ll non stop produce a lot of development. And then, it’s lunch time. I’m hungry :D (and I eat a lot). So break until 1:00 – 1:30 PM. And then work again. Once again, I’m very concentrated between 2:00PM until 5:00PM with no distraction. I do all my big development between this 2 intensive moments. After that I meet with colleagues and together we try to resolve bugs or little features with not so much analyse ^^. I’m leaving the office between 5:30 – 8:30PM.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
I’m working on the Brown Bag Lunch in Luxembourg. It’s not finished yet, but it’s quite cool to innovate for a new event, to create a new community and making the website. It’s kind of ‘my own’ project. I develop everything. I’ve got some knowledges in AngularJS, but with this project, I try to learn and improve myself. That’s why I really like this project ;)

Do you have a hero, or someone who inspires you?
Well, that’s a problem for women in IT, I don’t really have a model, ‘cause there are too many men in IT.  The only women in IT or in a high position in IT are most of the time from finance or business, not tech… But the only one who inspires me, I think, is Sandy Lerner, co-founder of CISCO and Urban Decay (a cosmetic brand). She brings IT and Cosmetic together, the tech and the beauty, that’s very uncommon.

Why do you love working in  IT/Tech?
It’s always in evolution. What you know in the past, won’t be the same thing the next days. You always need to learn more. I’m someone who gets bored quite fast. So in IT, with all the dynamics, I can change technologies with new one, and always try new things.

Do you have a degree in IT? If so, what taught you the most? And if not, did you miss some important knowledge?
I’ve got my degree in computer graphics with a specialization in web development. I could learn all the code stuff by myself with internet. But what I really learnt at school is methodology. How to write conscientious code, how to find the right information…

What would be your advice to everyone who is interested in a career
in tech? (or learning to code?)
Try by yourself. If you love it, than try to do better code, and don’t always go for the easiest way. Always challenge yourself with new technologies.

Extra question from Floor: Did you ever mentor someone else or pair program? What was your biggest take-away from this?
Not right know :)

Thank you so much Annabelle!
Do you also know someone who really deserves a place in the spotlight? Get in touch!