We love the people who wear our glasses. Most of all we love their stories. Here is one of them.
Meet Sarah, CEO of Girl Geek Academy who has big dreams to increase the number of women in tech. She’s also an avid swing dancer and wishes she could have a dollar for every time someone wants to try on her Sneaking Ducks.
- Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do for a living?
I’m the CEO of Girl Geek Academy which aims to teach 1 million women tech skills by 2025. We started the idea 2 years ago and I’m now working on the project full time! We’re at the start of a 10 year journey, with plans to have our own significant tech space and increase the number of women working in the gaming industry.
- What cool projects are you working on at the moment?
Last week we taught 50 5-8 year old girls how to code at an event called MissMakesCode. The girls learnt basic programming and creative problem solving skills and also got cupcakes!
This will be followed by SheMakes_Games in Melbourne which focuses on how women can apply their current skills, like graphic design, in the gaming industry. Currently 75% of the industry is made up of males, despite around 50% of gamers being female. We’ll also be launching an online academy in November that aims to push women in their careers.
- Who or where do you go for inspiration?
I go to School of Life for regular everyday stuff and ideas to inspire me. I’m also inspired by my 4 co-founders who help me get of the bed each day and maintain momentum. I think 5 is the perfect number for us. Together we feel like Sailor Moon and her team of Sailor scouts, a dream team of women 🙂
- We heard you’re a swing dancing fan. How did you get into that?
When I lived in Melbourne, I regularly walked past a sign advertising swing dancing for 3 years. When I moved to Brisbane, I signed up for a class and got hooked.
What I love about swing dancing is that it’s physically impossible to dance without a smile on your face. It’s full of energy and you don’t need to bring a partner, you can dance with a stranger for 3 minutes and move on.
- How did you hear about Sneaking Duck?
I heard about Sneaking Duck when it launched via the 22Michaels blog (authored by Michael, one of the SD founders). I think it was one of the first companies in Australia to champion that glasses are for fashion, not just for helping you see!
- What do you like most about Sneaking Duck?
The whole experience was so wonderful. It was the first time a person online or offline had explained to me the science of glasses, like how glasses suit certain face shapes. I felt like I had accomplished something after years of buying glasses.
It was also great to find affordable glasses that matched my 7 dresses and weren’t dorky – they looked and felt like me. If I had a dollar for everyone who asks me ‘can I try on your glasses’…. men and women!
- If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
I think I already have a super power (laughs). I can sleep anywhere and any time – on planes, under tables…. And I wouldn’t give that power up for anything.
- Three things you can’t live without?
My glasses (I can’t see without them), phone calls with my mum and sleep.
- What advice do you have for people trying to crack into the start up scene?
It’s not hard in the way you expect. If you find anything hard it just means that you’re learning. For women in particular I’d say ‘just try it’, you know, call yourself an entrepreneur.