How would you define a techie?
A techie is a person who has technical expertise in computer technology and who enjoys spending a huge amount of time diving into new tech trends by both researching and implementations.
Tell us about yourself (short bio).
My name is Julie Sundar, a Software Architect currently working in the ICT field for about 2 years. My passion and goal is to improve the ICT sector in Suriname and to encourage more females to join the ICT sector. I am a programmer, system integrator and software architect with primary focus on the new trends such as IoT (internet of things), augmented/virtual reality and AI (artificial intelligence). I love hackathons and IT challenges and after completely failing on my first one I kind of got the hang of it and started winning a few : 2015 It-Core Hackomation 1st place winner, 2015 WWF Fishackathon Paramaribo 2nd place, 2016 Telesur IT-Core Hackathon 1st place winner.
How has tech improved your life?
Tech has improved my life in multiple ways. Mostly being able to use my skills to train others from kids at the age of 8 Robotic Engineering and Architecture to University students on how to develop IoT products. My passion for tech has allowed me, within just a 2 year period, to select my career path, accomplish many hackathons, and train and inspire a lot of students in the ICT sector.
How can technology be used to improve Suriname?
I believe that by starting with the young ones, training, exposing and getting them involved in the ICT sector, this will improve Suriname in the future. We will be setting up the building blocks of the nation by training the youth as they will become our next generation of leaders.
What do you say to someone who is considering a degree in Computer Science?
From my own experience, I do not have a degree in Computer Science but I was able to accomplish a great amount due to my dedication towards learning more in the ICT field. I am not saying that you should not get a degree but passion and dedication in doing what you love can take you as far or even further than just a degree.
What technical websites do you follow?
None (unless google is considered tech-website)
How do you go about learning a new technology?
By continually keeping up to date with new trends I actually do a lot of researching and study the architecture of that technology. Then deep dive into it. I do many testings and implementation getting first hand experience of what will work and what will not based on where I’m trying to implement this tech.
Tell us something about Suriname that we might not know.
Our IT community is growing stronger rapidly because we have organisations like IT-Core constantly that keep pushing new types of events, training and challenges for the ICT sector.
What is harder to catch the faster you run?
The best advice you have received?
Don’t forget who you are and “Stay Confident”
What tech would you like to own?
The latest generation Atlas Humanoid Robot
What would you do with a 1 Gbps home internet connection?
Research and download plenty of movies … TV shows.
What would you build with a Raspberry Pi?
I have already built quite a few products centered around the Raspberry Pi
1. Smart medical aiding kit diagnostic lab in a box
2. Gear tracking and monitoring system
3. Track for security device
What sports teams do you support?
Barcelona Football Team
How do you deal with disappointments?
I deal both negatively and positively with disappointments. Negatively in the sense that I am quite competitive and it gets me pretty depressed when disappointed. Positively in the sense that when disappointed I see it as a challenge to work harder and to do better the next time.
What tech event would you like to attend?
AREX (Asian Robotics Exhibition) 2017
How would you invest a million dollars?
I would first build myself a lab and set up an IOT and Robotics training center in Suriname for students.
What future technology interests you?
Humanoid robots living among humans
Which tech company would be your dream company to work for?
What question would you ask the next techie?
What do you do when your internet connection is down?