Originally from Rio, Brazil, Taina first came to Canada in 2012 for an exchange program at Trent University, immediately fell in love, and moved here for good in 2015. After a brief stint in Toronto, she chose Halifax to be closer to nature.
“Before coming to REDspace, I only had a very brief experience with Go when I was an intern about five years ago, back in Brazil. But since joining Ingest, I got to learn a lot more about it and see how powerful the language is. It’s definitely one of the main reasons why I love coming to work, it makes days better when you’re interested in the technology you’re using.”
How did you end up attending GopherCon?
I learned about the Women Who Go Slack group (it has about 300 members), created by Sarah Adams, one of the Go developers at Google. She created the group as a safe space for women to just feel more confident when talking about the language and other IT related issues. There are a lot of Women Who Go chapters all over the world. Back in March, Sarah started a fundraiser to take women to GopherCon. Of course, I was eager to sign up. I told them about my experience with Go and why I wanted to go to the conference. They contacted me in April telling me I was one of the women who won. The experience was absolutely incredible and I loved my time in Denver learning with these women.
Why did you decide to become a developer?
I was very interested in computers when I was a kid. I had a really old computer growing up, which forced me to work my way around it, perform some basic maintenance and repairs (which for a 12 year old was the coolest thing!). After losing interest in it and trying a few other things in university, I decided to try out a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems with emphasis on programming and see what happened. I fell in love with it all over again after I started.
What drew you to REDspace?
I applied for a backend position with Ingest and the job description listed a lot of exciting languages and technologies that I’ve never had the chance to work with professionally. I’ve worked mostly in companies that wouldn’t allow taking the time to learn new technologies and instead would ask you to just stick with what I/they already knew. I understand deadlines were a main reason for that decision and don’t blame them at all, but as a developer, it’s always exciting when you get to learn something completely new and fresh every day. After browsing REDspace’s website and seeing some of its projects and clients, it made the decision to apply a no-brainer.
What do you like most about working here?
The team is the most collaborative group of people I’ve ever worked with. No ideas are bad ones.
What would you tell someone else who is thinking about working here?
It’s a great learning environment, with many exciting projects and the people are just the nicest, most welcoming group. From the moment you walk in the doors, it’s clear that REDspace has the best culture and values by how the team treats you.
Outside of work, what do you do for fun?
I try to be outside as much as I can. I love hiking with my dog, exploring the beaches in Nova Scotia, and trying out as many local beers as I can. I also love live music. I actually took a music production program in college and played the drums in two bands back in Rio. If only I could be a developer during the day and a huge rock star at night, that’d be great!
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