Driving the Beat-Talk: Women in Science

In recent years, hundreds of thousands of women have pursued degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. However, building a career in STEM industries is not a trend that has just appeared in the last few years.

Let’s take a step back in time, when… Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer invented an algorithm first ever designed for a machine to carry out. Ada Lovelace passed away in 1852, but her previously little-known work and “poetical” approach to science has broken through to inspire present-day young women interested in computer programming and engineering fields.

At Beat, we build technology for a better urban life. We are proud of our employees who are unfolding their unique talents and creating more for our users and the ride-hailing community as a whole every day.  Beat is joining the global community to celebrate the International Day of Women in Science and the impact they have on building a better future. Nowadays the question is: ‘’How is it to be a woman in STEM’’? Let’s find out together! We have collected a few special stories from women who work here at Beat in the engineering and technology teams. Join us in celebrating them as experts in what they do. Enjoy the reading ride!


Theodora Brisimi – Sr. Machine Learning Software Engineer, Greece

Theodora Brisimi is Senior Machine Learning Software Engineer at Beat Greece and a woman in STEM.
Theodora Brisimi, Sr. Machine Learning Software Engineer at Beat

1) When did you first become interested in tech and was there a moment where you knew you were going to be an engineer?
There wasn’t one single moment that determined my path. Since childhood, I always had a curiosity to figure out how things work and a passion around problem solving. That naturally helped me evolve interests around STEM and led me to follow Electrical and Computer Engineering studies. During my academic years, I discovered machine learning and got enthusiastic about its applications. I had the chance to apply it and realize the benefits it can bring in healthcare and smart cities, which made me confident that this technology will have a high social impact. This led me to Beat, where I find great interest in machine learning solutions and I can contribute to the future of the ride-hailing domain!

2) How is it to work at Beat?
It is a challenging but rewarding experience. Every day is different compared to the previous one. We use cutting-edge technologies across the company and participate in very interesting projects. There is a lot to learn from your peers as well as on your own to solve arising issues and it is self-fulfilling to constantly develop yourself. At the same time, at Beat, technology teams work hand in hand with people from the product teams, which allows you to constantly monitor the business added value.

3) For women who are now starting their careers in STEM, what skills should they have during their journey?
For a career in STEM I believe you need to have a good foundation on analytical thinking, conceptual understanding of how things work, emphasis on detail and a good quantitative background. Apart from the above, general necessary skills that apply to all career paths are: being self-driven, being curious and enthusiastic about learning, being a team player and having good communication skills.


Ingrid Jael Rodriguez Jurado – IT Support Analyst, Mexico

Ingrid Jael Rodriguez Jurado is IT Support Analyst at Beat Mexico and a woman in STEM.
Ingrid Jael Rodriguez Jurado, IT Support Analyst at Beat

1) When did you first become interested in tech and was there a moment where you knew you were going to be an engineer?
In college, I studied music since as a kid I was very interested in two things: music and books. I grew up at a time when there were certain stereotypes of computer scientists, which used to always be men and very square. So, I wanted to do something more creative, more colorful, that needed my imagination and would impact other people around me. In 2015, by mere luck I started working for a very big IT company, for an account of a  multinational construction company. At first, I didn’t know at all how things work. As a single mother, I had two choices: give up on a good salary or prepare and educate myself to learn more on this field. I was very committed to achieving it so I kept asking questions about everything, reading a lot and taking the certifications the company offered. I took every opportunity to learn, and before I knew it, I was able to solve more complex problems. I was integrated into the software team where I was the only woman and the person in charge of important projects. That gave me the push to continue preparing myself, to always ask myself how far I can go and what else is there to know.

2) How is it to work at Beat?
At Beat, I always feel supported and listened to and that gives me the confidence I need. I focus only on giving my best and providing useful solutions. It is also a constant learning process as I feel that Beat and I are simultaneously growing, learning from our mistakes and always getting up in every fall stronger and smarter. Beat is a company that prioritizes the use of technology, which seeks to innovate and break new grounds. That drives me to always look for ways I can automate this or improve that. Working at Beat keeps me in a constant search for technological solutions to problems we don’t even know we have.

3) For women who are now starting their careers in STEM, what skills should they have during their journey?
Be open to learning new skills. It is a really cool time to be in STEM because everything is expanding and changing so quickly that there are a lot of job opportunities. See yourself as a pioneer for future generations and always keep in mind why you got into the field in the first place. Also, build resilience, allow yourself to fail and try again. One awesome thing about STEM is that there is value in failing since it is part of the learning path.


Waad Issa – iOS Developer, Remote 

Waad Issa is iOS Developer at Beat and a woman in STEM.
Waad Issa, iOS Developer at Beat

1) When did you first become interested in tech and was there a moment where you knew you were going to be an engineer?
I was born and raised in Egypt and lived there more than a half of my life. I wanted to be a traveler when I was very young as I was inspired by my father’s experience and stories. My brother who is 4,5 years older and I were very close. As my brother was working and talking about his projects in Computer Science, I got very motivated. So I studied Computer Science too. Until the end of my studies, I was not certain I wanted to work as an engineer. It was in the last semester when I had an iOS course and then I knew it! I liked the fact that something as fun as coding can build an app and have a big effect on someone’s life! The first idea I got regarding an app was improving my budget skills. So I created my own personal budget app through which I had a lot of learnings. In one of the companies I worked, I first was a user and then became an engineer for the company. There, I realised that what I work on impacts people’s life. 

2) How is it to work at Beat?
I worked for incubators, startups and scaleups. While I was looking around for my next step, a friend passed the Beat job ad. During my research I was immediately impressed by the way Beat had grown surrounded by the big global players in the market, plus the fact that Beat is taking care of employees’ working environment. Here I found a match with Beat as my wish was to work remotely for the first time. The Beat CEO had a blogpost talking about the fact to go more remote in their search for diverse talent as well as that you will be really part of the team and treated the same as an employee. Beat was immediately a click. It seems that the Egyptian and Greek cultures are a good match. I felt part of the team since day one. Of course I had to learn stuff but not how to work with the team. I felt I already knew them! I can say it is the best place I ever worked at. Our team really cares, we push each other and continue to discuss what can be improved. Sometimes a new technology can improve an existing feature. Recently Beat has split the team into a driver and passenger team. I am now working in the  passenger team and can not wait to bring my ideas to life!

3) For women who are now starting their careers in STEM, what skills should they have during their journey?
Aim to develop. As it is a nonstop growing path, make sure you always learn every day of your life. There is always a moment when you think “why am I doing this again?” Remember the why: You have the ability to create something out of nothing that affects others in a positive way, while you are sitting behind the laptop. This is the big power that keeps me motivated.


Angela Maria Manning Trujillo – IT Support Specialist, Colombia

Angela Maria Manning Trujillo is IT Support Specialist at Beat Colombia and a woman in STEM.
Angela Maria Manning Trujillo, IT Support Specialist at Beat

1) When did you first become interested in tech and was there a moment where you knew you were going to be an engineer?
When I was at school, I studied some electronics subjects and I really liked them as well as I was good at it. I knew at that moment that I would like to follow that line, so I decided to study Electronic Engineering.

2) How is it to work at Beat?
Working at Beat is very nice not just for the environment, the policies and the culture of the company, but also because Beat has a fair treatment to all employees no matter any discrimination. I feel very proud all the time for working in this company that makes part of the new technologies and is always improving. As a member of the IT department, we participate in many projects around the globe for all our offices and it is always a big achievement to work hand in hand with the team improving infrastructure to our applications’ safety, opening new sites or launching new projects.

3) For women who are now starting their careers in STEM, what skills should they have during their journey?
This field of science, engineering, always requires being very analytical, very focused and curious. It is important to be in continuous learning, always trying to be on top of the new technologies, because it is changing and improving all the time.


Magdalena Frankowicz – Sr. Machine Learning Software Engineer, Netherlands

Magdalena Francowicz is Machine Learning Software Engineer at Beat and a woman in STEM.
Magdalena Frankowicz, Sr. Machine Learning Software Engineer at Beat

1) When did you first become interested in tech and was there a moment where you knew you were going to be an engineer?
Computer Science and Math have always been my favourite subjects since high school, as they involve logic and problem solving and they allow turning on your brain rather than learning context by heart. My passion also comes from my older brother, who I looked up to and he was already into Computer Science so I followed his steps. As a result, I studied econometrics and statistics which eventually led me to the data science field as well as machine learning a bit later in my career.

2) How is it to work at Beat?
I’ve been working with Beat 3 months so far and I can already tell that Beat is an innovative tech company. Working here never gets boring, especially in the fraud domain – every day is super creative, with many puzzles and challenges to solve. Additionally Beat has a great working environment. When it comes to people, knowledge sharing is a key element between people and challenges, with space and freedom to find a solution, share your ideas and go for it. It feels comfortable and allows everyone to be themselves. Tech in general is very innovative so you can learn every day new things and Beat as a company allows that!

3) For women who are now starting their careers in STEM, what skills should they have during their journey?
Confidence! Women are not confident and sometimes they underestimate their value. Tech is filled with men and women don’t need to feel overwhelmed by that. Value your skills and remember that the tech industry is not only about coding, but also about being a problem solver, curious, creative and communicative. Seek for feedback, as it helps you mature and grow. 


Diana Olivera – Product Support Specialist, Peru

Diana Olivera is Product Support Specialist at Beat Peru and a woman in STEM.
Diana Olivera, Product Support Specialist at Beat

1) When did you first become interested in tech and was there a moment where you knew you were going to be an engineer?
My generation grew up with the internet and computer development.That’s why I was fascinated with technology since I was very young and enjoyed learning how this world is evolving. In my family, there are many talented engineers and artists at the same time. When I was younger, I thought I would study Literature! However, I had the opportunity to travel to Germany and start a Computer Science career at the Freie Universität Berlin, one of the best universities in this field. So, I did not hesitate to follow that path! My love for technology was stronger.

2) How is it to work at Beat?
One of my professional goals was to work in a tech company that develops an application. I have been part of the Beat Product team in Lima for three years in the blink of an eye! It is a fascinating journey as I feel very comfortable learning from the Product team and my peers around the world. Women led the department, something very rare to see in companies generally, and I appreciate very much that at Beat, there are no gender biases in areas that men commonly lead. Many things make me feel proud to work here at Beat, but launching four new services during the pandemic was a huge moment (and we did it all in a matter of weeks)! Planning these kind projects takes time, even months. The current situation led us to accelerate all our processes and finally come with a solution to help our end users. Even though they have been very intense periods, the results fill me with great pride. At the end, it’s teamwork.

3) For women who are now starting their careers in STEM, what skills should they have during their journey?
Passion for technology. Love for your field must be the main thing as the road is challenging. This passion and love will guide you and allow you to have the disposition to adapt to any context. You must also be very aware of how quickly things can change in the STEM world. Developing your patience will be a valuable asset.

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