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WOMEN OF BEEKEEPER: MEET ALINE

I'm from a tiny village in the northeast of Switzerland, which arguably has more cows than human inhabitants. Nevertheless, I've been passionate about technology for as long as I can remember - mostly thanks to my dad, who was always proud to show me his new computer toys and let me play with them. I still remember when I joined elementary school and every student had to present themselves - I told everyone how I wanted to become a "computer expert" when I'm grown up.

Aline, Beekeeper Ambassador at ETH

Do you have a guiding principle, motto, 

or quote you live by?

Normal is boring.

Who is your role model, who inspires you?

Elon Musk.

How do you measure your success?

I like to think back a month or even a year. Could I have done this thing back then just as well as I do it now? If the answer is no, it means I'm being successful.

What is your proudest moment in your professional career?

I don't have much of a professional career to look back on (yet!) However, at Uni I was the head of a student association that hosted technical courses. We started with three courses a semester and 30 participants per course. While I was there, we got to seven courses per semester with up to 150 participants. It was a super exciting time, the whole team did an awesome job, and it's where I learned the most useful things during my whole time at Uni.

What is your advice to young women 

in tech?

If you like what you do, you're doing it right. Don't let yourself be pushed into a direction because you think you're supposed to do that. Whether you want to become a software engineer or a teacher or an astronaut - just go for it.

I just moved into my own flat, which I'm paying for with my own money, and I bought my own furniture for it. It's crazy!

What personal achievements are you proud of?

People keep telling me how awesome it is that I, as a woman, am pursuing a technical career. I really can't hear it anymore - I'm not doing this because, or despite, I am a woman. I am doing it because I want to - just like my colleagues, male or female. I would like to reduce the preconception that being a woman in tech is something "special". I'm just a person doing what I love, and that is awesome. My gender shouldn't play a role.

What is the biggest challenge 

you’ve ever faced as a woman in tech?

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