She’s Got an App for That
If you’ve tuned into tech news lately, you know there has been much discussion concerning the role of women in the app-maker world. It is widely believed that women are shut out of the growing business of programs for smartphones, taking a backseat to the dubbed “brogrammers” who have a strong hold on the mobile field.
But that’s simply not true.
There are numerous women — and girls — out there who have pushed past the stereotypes and made a name for themselves by coming up with the latest game or social-networking app. Here are just seven:
App developers aren’t just adults. Super Fun Kid Time is an app developed by 9-year-old programmer Alexandra Jordan, and it was highlighted at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon. The app’s purpose? Making it easier for parents to schedule play dates for their kids. Learn more about the app..
Amanda Wixted is something of a veteran in the app-development game. And games just happen to be her thing. The mobile engineer played a key role in developing a number of popular iOS games for Apple iPhone and iPad including FarmVille and Live Poker. Wixted also brought the retro games Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man to today’s mobile gamers. Check out Pac-Man online.
Like Amanda Wixted, independent developer Michelle Abraham is among the few women in the game-development field. But she’s made an impact. Teaming up with a friend, Abraham created 10 Pin Shuffle, a free bowling game originally created for iOS users. Abraham’s version for Android ranks as one of the most popular games among Android users. See it for yourself.
A blogger and iPhone developer, Shreta Dupree created the Personal Calculator app for iPhone. The free app allows users to run quick numbers and personalize their math machine with pictures from their photo library. You can find out more about the app online.
Prerna Gupta is the chief marketing officer at Smule, an app-developing company based in California. In 2011, she helped develop LaDiDa, a “reverse-karaoke” app for Apple products. The app uses studio-quality effects to make anyone sound like a professional singer. Download Gupta’s app, and become a songbird.
Jocelyn Leavitt not only created an app, but she’s using her work to encourage young girls to do the same. Leavitt is the co-creator of Hopscotch, an iOS app that simplifies coding for kids. The colorful, whimsical app allows kids to be creative in building their own personal programs and games. Download it for free.
Liron Fishman Sabbah
Liron Fishman Sabbah is the chief technology officer of Friendthem, an app that connects users to nearby Facebook friends and Twitter followers. Using her background as a mobile programmer, Sabbah helped develop the app that is now available for both Android and iOS users. Find it free online.
These are just some of the talented women in the app world. Despite the stigma surrounding women in technology and programming, women are making their mark, one app at a time. Check out their work today!
This post was written by AAUW STEM Programs and Social Media Intern Ariana Witt.