Spotlight Series: Suw Charman-Anderson Twitter Q&A Summary

October 26, 2012

Thank you to everyone who participated for our first Spotlight Series Twitter Q&A with Suw Charman-Anderson this past Wednesday.

If you haven’t had the chance yet, check out Suw’s interview here where she discusses Ada Lovelace Day and finding your own support network.

If you missed it, don’t worry – we have the full summary of questions and answers asked during the session. Are there any questions you wish you had the opportunity to ask? Hold on to them for our next Spotlight Series Twitter Q&A. More details will be announced soon, but for now, enjoy the summary.

 Twitter Q&A with Suw Charman-Anderson

1. How did you get your start?

My career’s been a bit haphazard, so I’ve had lots of “starts”, mostly through chance or just through trying random stuff. I’ve been through many iterations & have learnt a lot along the way, so persistence & flexibility are important to success.

2. How long do you stick with an idea before giving up?

When to give up? It’s about finding that moment of peace in the understanding that something isn’t going to work. Not easy at all. There are times I wish I’d given up sooner, but it can be hard to admit to yourself that your idea/dream/project is dead. Equally, sometimes one can give up too soon. Knowing when to be stubborn and when to give up is a valuable skill.

3. If you could talk to one person from history, who would it be?
No doubt, it’d have to be Ada! She’s such a fascinating person and it’d be great to persuade her to write more!
4. Who has been your greatest inspiration?

My most inspirational women is @maggiephilbin, who presented Tomorrow’s World when I was growing up. Maggie is a fab role model, was always happy to get her hands dirty with live tech demos & is still an excellent communicator. My most inspirational man is @neilhimself, author Neil Gaiman, who combines the analytical & the creative in ways I can only dream of.

5. What’s your most memorable experience so far?

The first ALD was pretty memorable, it just took off without me really doing very much. It was quite impressive to watch!

6. What do you enjoy most about what you do?

The most enjoyable part is learning about all these terrific women in STEM whom I’d never heard of before. I’d never have learnt about Hedy Lamarr or Sydney Mary Thompson or Sarah Jerome without Ada Lovelace Day!

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