1. What is your specific job?
Entrepreneur in an ICT Innovation and European Opportunities consultancy firm called AcrossLimits. We are 19 years old and even though we are from Malta, we have done over 60 European and international projects in topics ranging from health to education and culture, all with a technology angle.
2. Your initial spark to enter this industry?
I was young, cocky and wanted to change the world! Since I studied technology and I could see its benefits for humanity (and I was only 21 years old at that time) I wanted to give it a go. I had several fits and starts initially with startups that did not work out, but in 2001 I started AcrossLimits and have not looked back since.
3. Your most exciting project to date?
I have a special place in my heart for children with learning difficulties, so iSmart still remains my favorite project where we built software to help children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties read better. However I also like mentioning Michelangelo project, where thanks to robotics we helped severely autistic children engage better and smile again!
4. Top skills that anyone, who wants to work in Tech need?
Patience, perseverance, sense of humor and of course all the latest technical skills (although those can be taught, the others have to be innate).
5. What advice would you give to young professionals starting in tech?
Find something that ignites a passion in you and try to apply technology to that. Don’t just go after the money, go also after ideals. They are better bedfellows.
6. Your biggest role model?
My mentor and friend Dr Katie Birch that passed away a few years ago. She was there for me when I was still a young entrepreneur and had difficulties in aligning my work and my life. She also instilled in me the ideal that nothing is that urgent, so go be with your loved ones now. She inspired me again years later with her battle against cancer, and I helped her publish her thoughts that might help others.
7. People or media (blogs, podcasts) to follow?
The European Union’s Research Agency funds a lot of great technology projects that sometimes get lost in the midst of time since they are not well-marketed. Here is a great online magazine with results of some of their greatest projects. Of course our own social media as a company … and yes, we are still trying to change the world!Tags: Inspiration, Leadership, Rolemodels, Society, Tech, Women, Work-Life, Worklife