Biography

Jenn Edge is a proven technical leader with over 14 years of professional experience in agile enterprise software development since achieving her BS in Computer Engineering. As an Assistant Director of Development at Infotech, she manages teams building applications used in state transportation agencies across the United States. She works across teams to guide technical product vision and drive continuous improvement. Jenn is involved in community outreach including recruiting developers, speaking at conferences, and mentoring other women in tech.

In 2019, Usha Suryadevara, Elise Carmichael, Priya Rudradas, Sue Rocher, and Jenn Edge co-founded We Advance Tech Together (WATT), a 501(c)(3) non-profit supporting women in tech through community-building and mentoring. Jenn currently serves on the board as Vice President.

Jenn is also a member of the .NET Foundation. She contributed code to improve the performance of Entity Framework 6.2.

Public Speaking

Jenn speaking

Jenn has spoken at many local events and conferences including: 2019 Code on the Beach, 2019 Orlando CodeCamp, Moms Can: Code Fall 2018 Virtual Summit, featured speaker at Gainesville BarCamp 2018, and speed mentoring at the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration.

September 12, 2019
Panel Discussion: Gainesville Coding Groups

Represented We Advance Tech Together (WATT) in a panel discussion on local coding groups with Amy Kendig (R-Ladies Gainesville), Ben Toh (R-gators), and Matthew Collins (UF Carpentries Club). Topics included community building, teaching/mentorship, and the future of software development in other disciplines.

Don't Stop Believing: The Journey of Agile Self-Improvement

Abstract: Development is a journey of failing over and over again at each step until you succeed, and learning how to do something just in time for everything to change. Continuous learning and growth is necessary to keep up with changes in technology and step into new roles in leadership. How can we automate self-improvement and make real progress on our goals? We’ll discuss growth mindset and iterative development, feedback loops, and applying backlogs and minimum viable products to goal achievement. Attendees will learn about similarities between self-improvement and agile development and how to automate self-improvement through habits and environmental design using nudges from UX design.

April 6, 2019
Women in Tech

Co-presented session discussing statistics of women in technology and tech leadership. Announced our new organization, We Advance Tech Together (WATT), an initiative to support women in tech.

March 30, 2019
Agile Self-Improvement

Abstract: Development is failing over and over again at each step until you succeed, and learning how to do something just in time for everything to change. Continuous learning and growth is necessary to keep up with changes in technology and step into new roles in leadership. How can we automate self-improvement and make real progress on our goals?
We’ll discuss the commonality between growth mindset and iterative development, feedback loops, and applying backlogs and minimum viable products to goal achievement. Attendees will learn about similarities between self-improvement and agile development and how to automate self-improvement through habits and environmental design using nudges from UX design.

Sharing My GHC Experience

Shared my Grace Hopper Celebration conference experience with approximately 50 EWITS participants.

2018 Grace Hopper Celebration
September 26, 2018
Speed Mentoring on Product Design and Management

Mentored attendees one-on-one in 6-minute sessions for 2.5 hours based on their interests and questions. Most conversations related to the transition from individual contributor to manager and how to effectively lead a team.

Continuous Self-Improvement

Abstract: Development is failing over and over again at each step until you succeed, and learning how to do something just in time for everything to change. Continuous learning and growth is necessary to learn how to code, keep up with changes in technology, and step into new roles in leadership. Join me to look at the parallels between processes you may be learning or already familiar with in development and approaches to self-improvement proven to be successful in behavioral psychology. Attendees will learn how to improve goal focus with a sustainable pace and automate self-improvement using habits and environmental nudges.

PACE Center for Girls
July 2018
Microsoft Word Workshop

Volunteered at a local girls’ nonprofit to teach Microsoft Word for two 50-minute class periods, including giving a career-day presentation on software development.

Intern Training
Summer 2018 and Spring 2019
Goal-Setting Workshop

Internal company 1-hour workshop to introduce interns to our division, speak about continuous self-improvement, and create goals for their internships.

Continuous Self-Improvement

Abstract: Do you want to make a lasting change, such as learning a new technology or becoming a better leader? Come learn how to develop a better you and nudge your dreams into reality. We’ll explore ways to achieve goals and form habits.

Grace Hopper Hackathon for Humanity 2017
October 2017

Presented results for our Cloudera Team to all attendees at the end of a one-day hackathon.

coderGirls 2017
May 2017

Spoke with local high school coding club (coderGirls) about careers in software development.

Developer Training
2017

Led many workshop and seminar-style training sessions for developer on-boarding covering subjects varying from team culture to project architecture and how-to workshops.

Jenn speaking at Gainesville BarCamp 2018
Gainesville BarCamp 2018
Jenn speaking at Grace Hopper Hackathon for Humanity 2017
Grace Hopper Hackathon for Humanity 2017
Jenn speaking at coderGirls 2017
coderGirls 2017