Whilst studying Computer Science at university, Dora Palfi was struck by the realisation that almost everyone — from fellow students to professors and supervisors — was male. This has sparked a career of fighting to improve diversity and inclusion in tech and gaming, ultimately setting up a ‘mobile first’ company with best friend and collaborator Beatrice Ionascu to increase the number of girls interested in coding and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers.
Palfi’s journey has included work as an Undergraduate Researcher at the Center for Neural Science in New York University and a Summer Technology Assistant at Morgan Stanley. She was CoFounder & President of weSTEM in 2015 and 2016, a student club to promote diversity in STEM at New York University Abu Dhabi, before becoming a UX Design intern at Cisco. She even received the Young European Travel grant to travel around Sweden, Germany and Hungary to learn why people think there is a lack of women in STEM.
Her experiences culminated as Co-Founder and CEO of imagiLabs, a company focusing on creative coding for teenage girls between 12 – 16 years old. The company’s first product is the imagiCharm, a game-based fashion accessory that is controlled through an app on a user’s smartphone.
She holds a degree in Neuroscience and Computer Science from New York University Abu Dhabi, and a Masters degree in Human-Computer Interaction from KTH Royal Institute of Technology.Tags: STEM, Women in Tech
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