When I was a child, there was hardly any tech around me. I grew up in the 80s where my country (Vietnam) just opened its trade border so resources were scarce. I spent more nights studying under the light of a kerosene lamp than a light bulb because our power stations didn’t have the capacity to generate enough electricity. The concept of “tech” to me was limited to mechanics and computers (remember MS DOS? – that was the only system I learned about at high school). It never occurred to me that I would work in tech, as any subjects classified as ‘natural sciences’ were stereotypically reserved for the “male brains” so the route into tech for girls was just not there.
But I was lucky as my grandfather taught me to strive for a career. So the dream of the 8 year-old me was to become a diplomat, as I imagined I would bring in more resources and investment for the country. That would mean more electricity and less mosquitos!