By: Tamara Arrington, Vice President / Business Leader Product Management Open API
In my current role, I manage service delivery, partnerships and product operations for the MasterCard OpenAPI, which is an open interface allowing developers across the globe to innovate with MasterCard products and services. In this role, I am often answering questions and providing advice within the Developer Zone community. It’s easy to get inspired when you’re working with developers around the globe to help create the next generation of game-changing applications to unleash innovation within the industry, especially in the burgeoning areas of e-commerce and mobile payments.
It’s not often one can go on about the joys of the job. In my case, I’m one of the rarities. I’m also a bit of an anomaly as it is not that often we see women in the developer space. The good news is this is changing, in fact, a recent Stats Can study noted that we are seeing an increase in the number of young women with university degrees in computer science and I am hopeful that this number will continue to grow.
I can’t stress enough how a career in technical development is dynamic, transferable and always interesting. Now, more than ever before, we’re seeing an increase in the number of men and women who are recognizing the value of learning this universal language. And, with digital platforms and mobile technology growing every day, it’s easy to see why. Development is desirable work.
Not only is it desirable, it’s also exciting and challenging. I have been very lucky to have worked on some amazing projects in my 21 years working in the industry. Sure, it’s challenging, but that’s what makes waking up each day that much more interesting. It’s about exploring new opportunities, looking for creative solutions and working closely with the developer community.
I cannot wait to see what comes out of the upcoming MasterCard N>XT Developer Challenge. My team, along with a host of industry experts and judges, will be ready and available to act as mentors and share our expertise with the next generation of developers. If you didn’t register in time, follow along and ask questions on September 28-29 using #MasterCardNXT.