As part of the run-up to PSFK CONFERENCE 2013 in New York this April, PSFK will be publishing a series of short interviews with speakers to give a taste of what will be discussed in this meeting of creative minds. Emily Goligoski, Design & Community Manager of Open Badges at Mozilla Foundation, spoke with PSFK about her experience at the organization and how women can become more of a presence in the digital and start-up world.
What have you learned about digital innovation and tech education from your experience at Mozilla Open Badges?
The concept behind Open Badges–that skills and interests should be shareable, and that open source software can help–has helped evolve my understanding of lifelong learning. It’s exciting to see badge issuers like Code School and Peer 2 Peer University not only make their learning resources available, but make the evidence of that learning recognizable so earners can use it for increased career opportunities.
How can digital companies and start-ups make themselves more accessible to women?
I think the focus shouldn’t just be on women but how might these organizations make themselves more accessible to people in different parts of the world and with different physical abilities. More needfinding and intense listening to what’s really of interest to these different communities can help.
Do you have any advice for women seeking to break into the world of start-ups and entrepreneurship?
Learn as many languages as you can. Whether that means programming languages or languages you can use to communicate with collaborators globally, try to become fluent sooner (I wish I had).
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