As we inch closer to the Saturday we’re all looking forward to it’s time to meet another one of our amazing speakers that will bringing their knowledge to our event. Meet Terri McAllister.

Terri is a 20 something female who leads and manages a group of AWS Solutions Architects and DevOps professionals at Blue Spurs in Fredericton, NB. Having grown up in northern NB, Terri achieved her Bachelors of Computer Science at UNB in 2012 and has worked in several different roles, ranging from software developer, to integrations analyst, technical support, and operations engineer. Terri is passionate about cloud architectures, specifically using Amazon Web Services and believes that in order to be a good manager, you have to lead by example.

So Terri, if you were a programming language or technology, which one would you be and why?

AWS Lambda because it’s the new kid on the block that is causing people to rethink traditional architectures.

What do you like best about Maritime DevCon?

I love getting to connect with like minded people in the area. It is always a chance to catch up with friends and learn about new technologies and advancements. I also love that it gives people a chance to showcase what they are truly passionate about.

Why do you feel your session, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, will bring value to Maritime DevCon attendees?

We only overcome sexism and ageism if they are openly and honestly discussed. We need to start having these conversations because bringing light to the situation helps people become the best versions of themselves. When I talk about my personal experiences, most of the situations may not be perceived as sexist, until you start to think about why it happened. I think it is a unique session under the Experience track, that can help inspire men and women alike.

What is the key take away attendees will get from your session?

 I hope to make people think about every day experiences that they have or witness, and work to come up with ways that we can make sure, as an industry, that people are rewarded based on skill and not on gender or age. Just because I’m a 28 year old female doesn’t mean I’m not the right person for the job, and my motives or ability to do my job shouldn’t be questioned because of it.

Thank you in advance for joining us for Maritime DevCon 2018 Terri!