After spending most of her childhood wanting to become a novelist, Jackie Kay fell in love with programming during university, after various internships writing Android applications and developing thermal costmaps and resource planners for autonomous lunar rovers. She graduated from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania in 2014 with a Bachelor's in Computer Science. She worked at the Open Source Robotics Foundation for two years, supporting Gazebo, the physics simulator for robotics research and development, and ROS, an open source application framework and ecosystem for robotics application development. She recently started as an early employee at Marble in San Francisco.
Jackie was a speaker at CppCon 2015 and 2016 and a volunteer at C++ Now 2016. She regularly attends and occasionally organizes the Bay Area Association of C and C++ Users meetups. When she's not coding or talking about coding, she enjoys rock climbing, travelling, and a good book.