Velda Kiara is a blogger, an international scholar, a back-end software developer — and a woman with a heart of gold. “I am thrilled to be featured”, she tells us, and we are as equally thrilled to be sharing her story as a #WomaninTech.
We think of her big smile as she says cheerily, “I enjoy being part of the Tech community because it makes me feel like I belong and I get to provide solutions to actual problems.”
When she was younger, she did accounting — and being exposed to accounts made her realize that she had questions — questions about the way things were done. To her, the typical balancing of books was “really boring”, and she found herself constantly asking: “How do I make this easier, fun and better?”
“Quick books was quite interesting”, she adds, “because you could manage everything, including petty cash. Which is a huge plus if you like knowing what you spend on a daily. Learning that so many things could be easily automated drew me to technology, because we all want to make our lives easy and provide solutions to our daily problems in order to raise our living standards.”
“I enjoy being part of the Tech community because it makes me feel like I belong and I get to provide solutions to actual problems.”
We noticed that her passion for technology had stemmed from another passion of hers. “I have other passions”, she informs us, “and these do enable me to understand the digital world better.” Her other interests include reading and writing — in fact, she has a blog that you can read, to catch up with Velda!
I get the impression that Velda loves to create and capture using technology and her other interests, cultivating her own unique voice in the digital sphere. As the Developer Student Club Lead in her campus, she learns how to manage a community of people equally passionate about software development. “This programme also teaches me how to be a better leader.” The Developer Student Club is a programme sponsored by Google, run by students and for students. “Most of the things [surrounding the topic of] technology are documented, so I really get to understand the underlying features of what I use and why we use technology in the way we do.”
As she tells us about her involvement in tech, I hear the growing ambition and love for this industry in the young woman’s voice. “I am also working on a technical article that is yet to be released. I am pretty nervous about it as I have never written a technical article before, but I need to pass it by my mentors first”, she says, a tinge of shyness creeping into her voice.
Velda is also the youngest software developer we know, and honestly — the most passionate we have spoken with. “As a back-end software developer, we mainly deal with the server side. That includes databases, scripting, and architecture.”
She’s aware that people are often confused over the idea of back-end and front-end when it comes to software, so she kindly begins to break it down. “The difference between back-end and front-end is that, the back-end deals specifically with logic, and front-end is the users’ side — like how they interact with the website, that is what the user sees and uses — the experience of using the application.”