Introduction to our #CodeCan campaign...

At Codess, we are devoted to empowering, educating and celebrating everyone who has an interest in technology. It’s time to dispose of the dated and untrue stereotypes that that suggest the tech industry is ‘boring’, ‘inflexible’ and ‘male dominated’. Instead, we have created our campaign to shine a light on the vast benefits that learning to #CodeCan bring about. Whether you’re interested in a new career, music, education, gaming or pretty much anything else, you’ll be surprised to find out how much coding can help!

We’ve met 5 incredible women who are all using code in very different ways. Check out their fantastic stories on our blog. Join our #CodeCan movement on Twitter by telling us what coding has enabled you to do…

Meet… Kaitlyn

My name is Kaitlyn Hova. I’m a 28-year-old neuroscientist, violinist and software engineer. I started out as a professional violinist, violin maker's apprentice, and business owner (“Eloquent Acoustics”) at 13 years old. I had the opportunity to perform for a decade with the likes of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Michael Bublé, Rod Stewart, Josh Groban, Mary J Blige, and more. I attended University of Nebraska at Omaha, where I discovered that my ability to physically see sounds had a name: “synesthesia”. I switched my major to Neuroscience to research this phenomenon and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Neuroscience. I began giving regular talks about synesthesia and my husband and I created a live violin powered synesthesia light show to demonstrate what musical notes "look like".

What is the 'Hovalin' project?

Once consumer level 3D printers became affordable, my husband and I began our 3D printing obsession. We thought that it would be great to make a custom violin for me to perform on, and then, we launched The Hovalin. Our Hovalin Project is an open source, 3D printable acoustic violin for consumer level 3D printers. After launching, we’re seeing a trend where elementary music programs are being systematically underfunded, while STEM grants are introducing 3D printers into schools. Our first Hovalin pilot program has started in Oakland CA, and we are adding new instruments soon. I am also currently working with a team at Enable Community Foundation to develop a new web app for dynamically distributing 3D printable prosthetics.

Are you glad you learned to code?

Yes! Coding is a tool to solve problems, no matter where you are. By learning to code, your opportunities are only limited by your imagination and determination to innovate. Determination will take you farther than anything else, and if I can do it, anyone can do it. You should give it a try, regardless of any preconceived notions they have about engineering in general. Also, knowledge is power, and when you are able to create with software engineering your possibilities are endless.

Last words?

I believe that the lines between tech and every other industry will be greyer than ever. "Tech" will eventually be indiscriminate from any other field because it is found at the forefront of everything. 


I've joined the #CodeCan movement... now it's your turn! Tweet @Codessforum and let the world know how #CodeCan improve lives.