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Kristina Thai

iOS Software Engineer

At Intuit, Kristina is a leading voice for female engineers – both in the office and around the world.

How did you get into web development?

It started in 7th grade when I discovered an online game called Neopets. It was a community-based game that allowed you to create a virtual pet and build a clubhouse with a fun landing page. I wanted to make my page stand out so I taught myself HTML, CSS, and Javascript. My passion for development grew from there.

Can you describe your journey to Intuit?

During my sophomore year, a professor suggested checking out a campus career fair. I walked up and down the booths and a few companies handed back my resume, saying that I didn’t have enough experience. When I walked to Intuit’s booth, the engineers were open to the fact that I was young and wanted to learn. I ended up interning at Intuit that summer and returning two more summers because I loved my internship so much.

How did you get to be so involved in blogging and traveling for speaking events?

One of my personal goals has always been to incorporate public speaking into my career. During one of Intuit’s “Innovation Day” hackathons, I developed an app for the Apple Watch that enabled you to transfer data between your watch and your phone. At the time, I was one of the first people to figure out this kind of iOS development, and I wrote a tutorial on how to do it on my blog. It was noticed by influencers in the tech industry and spiraled outward from there. Since then, I’ve been recognized as an expert in smart watch development and I share my experience at conferences all over the world. Intuit has been incredibly supportive. If I have an event coming up, our communications team provides coaching at a level that executives receive.

Any advice for aspiring female engineers?

Find or build a community to lean on as you navigate the tougher elements of being a woman in a male-dominated field like computer science. At Intuit, we have our own version of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In Circles, “Intuit Circles,” where our female engineers meet to brainstorm solutions and celebrate successes.

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