Top 50 Women to Watch in Tech – Part II

| October 20, 2011 | Comments (8)

The second instalment of the Top 50 Women to Watch in Tech. The list is purely alphabetical. Here is a link to our first 10.

Once again, this feat could not have been accomplished without our fabulous judges, Whitney Johnson John Paul Aguiar  and Mathew Ingram  who unselfishly offered their time because they believed in the importance of highlighting these women. Please thank them by following them on Twitter, if you don’t already.


11.Isabel Drost  – Stereotype Buster 

One of the few female open source project leader for Apache Mahout, Isabel Drost is the organizer of the Berlin Buzzwords conference and co-founder of the Apache Hadoop Get Together in Berlin. She co-founded Apache Mahout and is active Apache Mahout committer. Isabel is actively engaged with communities on various Apache projects, e.g.Apache Lucene and Apache Hadoop. She is regular speaker at conferences on topics related to free software development, scalability, Apache Lucene, Apache Hadoop and Apache Mahout. Based in Berlin, Isabel is off Twitter.

12. Sekai Farai – Game Changer 

Sekai (@SekaiFarai @hackchange) is the organizer and founder of hack/change,which endeavours to make tech entrepreneurship accessible to marginalized populations. She works towards bringing tech to underrepresented groups–minorities, urban dwellers, the elderly, girls and definitely, the impoverished. Her focus is on building a programming school in NYC.

13. Sara Farmer – Unsung Hero

Sara is the chief platform architect for Global Pulse at the United Nations, where she builds teams, tools and processes connections between Global Pulse, other UN operational systems, crisismapping and open data initiatives. She is also the SMS team lead at Standby Volunteer Task Force, where she leads crisismapping teams. Sara is based in New York.

14. Natalie Foster – Unsung Hero 

Natalie  is CEO of Rebuild the Dream, an engine for the 21st century American Dream movement, that she co-founded with Van Jones and Billy Wimsatt. Natalie most recently served as New Media Director for Organizing for America and the Democratic National Committee. She built and ran the team responsible for the digital organizing, web content, social media and fundraising for and . Prior to joining OFA, Natalie built the first Online Organizing department at the Sierra Club and served as the Deputy Organizing Director for She is based in San Francisco.

15. Janice Fraser – Stereotype Buster 

Founder and CEO of Luxr, Janice is an entrepreneur and interaction designer for web and mobile products. During her 15 years in Silicon Valley, she has raised capital, founded both successful and failed startups, consulted to both large enterprises and early stage firms. Janice was cofounder of design firm  and served as the company’s first CEO. During her tenure, Adaptive Path tripled in staff and revenues, developed and sold a product to Google, coined the term Ajax, and transformed Adaptive Path from a lifestyle partnership to a high-growth firm.

16. Cindy Gallop – Game Changer

Cindy is the founder IfWeRanTheWorld, a radically simple web meets world platform designed to turn human and corporate good intentions into action and MakeLoveNotPorn, which opens a dialogue about hardcore pornography and its impact on people’s sex lives. She summarizes her consulting approach: “I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.”

17. Mary Gardiner – Game Changer 

A co-founder of the Ada Initiative, Mary is an open source developer, computer science graduate student, and women in open source advocate. She founded the first and largest women in open source organization in Australia,  and also founded the first women in Linux mini-conference. Mary is a council member for Linux Australia, the largest non-profit funder of open source projects in Australia and has served as program chair for, the largest Linux conference in the southern hemisphere.

18. Amy Gershkoff – Unsung Hero 

Amy  is the Director of Media Planning at Obama for America. Prior to joining the President’s re-election campaign, she was a founding partner of Changing Targets Media, a company providing innovative media targeting and analysis. Previously, she served as Vice President of Analytics at MSHC Partners, where she developed microtargeting strategies for campaigns and advocacy groups. She has also worked as a polling consultant and taught at Princeton University.


19. Vanessa Green – Aspiring Captain 

Vanessa is co-founder and CEO of OnChip Power,  an MIT spin-out commercializing a next generation power supply with 10x smaller size & 40% fewer components than existing solutions. OnChip offers a compelling value proposition for space constrained electronic products such as bulky laptop “bricks” and LED bulbs. She is based in the greater Boston area.


20. Sumana Harihareswara – Stereotype Buster 

Sumana is the volunteer development coordinator at the Wikimedia Foundation. Her aim is to ensure volunteers are motivated, excited and effective participants in software development necessary to the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation, and to increase the number of volunteer developers, testers, writers and wranglers. She is also the organizational administrator for MediaWiki’s participation in the Google Summer of Code.

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