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Carolyn Stransky

Software engineer and journalist based in Berlin πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ

Email / Website / LinkedIn / GitHub / Twitter / DEV

πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ’» Engineering Experience

Frontend Engineer @ BRYTER (Dec 2020 - Present)
No-code platform that enables professionals to build interactive applications.

  • Founding member of BRYTER's design system team and continued to provide support and extend the component library
  • Wrote code in multiple architecture layers, including the application core and integrations with external services
  • Implemented a new Vue 3 app using Vite to replace a legacy Vue 2 and Webpack architecture
  • Technologies used: Vue, TypeScript, Jest, Testing Library, HTML, CSS, Sass, Vite, Web Components (LitElement).

Google Season of Docs 2020 | Technical Writer @ GraphQL Foundation (Aug 2020 - Jan 2021)
Google Season of Docs is a program matching experienced technical writers with open source organizations.

Software Engineer @ Meeshkan (Oct 2019 - Sep 2020)
Early-stage startup focused on automated API testing and NLP.

Frontend Engineer @ Blacklane (Mar 2018 - Sep 2019)
Professional chauffeur service available in over 300 cities worldwide.

  • Worked in a cross-functional, agile team to rebuild and rebrand the B2C booking experience
  • Led an accessibility initiative resulting in the website passing WCAG 2.0 requirements
  • Extended and maintained a company-wide design system
  • Technologies used: HTML, CSS, JavaScript ES6, React, TypeScript, Storybook, Redux, Next.js, REST, Jest, Mocha, Cypress, TravisCI.

Technical Writer @ Contentful (Sep 2017 - Feb 2018)
API-first infrastructure to create, manage and distribute content.

πŸ—ž Journalism Experience

This section only accounts for work done post-career change.

Acting Editor @ Future of Sex (Apr 2022 - Present)
Online publication that provides insights into how emerging technologies are expanding human sexuality.

  • Oversee a team of writers and maintain the editorial focus for futurist publication attracting more than 50,000 monthly visitors and 90,000 monthly page views
  • Develop article ideas for writers and edit work for readability, grammar, and accuracy
  • Analyze website traffic and social media analytics to improve online reach and ensure optimal SEO performance

Previously worked as a Reporter from Dec 2020 - Apr 2022

Freelance Writer (Mar 2020 - Present)
Regular contributor to Sex for Every Body. Other articles in Autostraddle, Silicon Allee, Curve Magazine, and elsewhere.

Contributing Editor @ FLURT Magazine (Mar 2016 - Sep 2018)
Magazine for socially conscious young people who want to create their own media.

πŸ“Œ Volunteering

EU Conference Team Member @ Write the Docs (Jul 2019 - Present)
Technology conference focused on documentation systems, tech writing theory, and information delivery.

  • Emceed the last in-person event in 2019 and the first virtual event in 2020
  • Introduced speakers and faciliated Q&A sessions

Workshop Lead @ New Devs on the Block (Jul 2019 - Dec 2021)
Free, two-day workshops to help people build their first website.

  • Creating a curriculum that covers HTML, CSS and a bit of JavaScript
  • Preparing supplemental presentations on topics like accessibility and animations
  • Events in NΓΌrnberg and Vienna, now post-poned due to the COVID-19 outbreak

Web Development Instructor @ ReDI School of Digital Integration (Feb 2017 - Aug 2021)
Non-profit digital school for tech-interested newcomers applying for asylum in Germany.

  • Built and continuously developed the course curriculum with a team of 4-8 other instructors
  • Led classes to improve student comprehension of React, HTML, CSS and general web design principles
  • Mentored students through presentations and job search
  • Note: Took a break from teaching in 2019

Co-Organizer @ QueerJS (Jun 2019 - Dec 2021)
πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ A meetup for everyone where queer speakers take the stage.

  • Selected speakers and scheduling events
  • Fostered an inclusive community and enforced the code of conduct
  • 🐻 Previously co-organized BerlinJS from May 2018 - May 2020

🎀 Public Speaking

Recent Appearances


Want me to speak at your event?
πŸ’– Check out my website for more information.

πŸ† Accomplishments

Won First Place @ Rainbows End Sex Tech Hackathon (May 2021)
Built Tentilex, a wearable armband that records your hand movement and generates a live 3D-model.

Top Author Recognition @ DEV (2019 - 2020)
Named one of the Top 500 authors in 2019. Also wrote two articles that ranked in the weekly Top 7:

Won Best Project @ Geek Girl Carrots Berlin Hackathon (Oct 2017)
Created Qarma, an online platform to report and retrieve lost & found objects for travelers abroad.

πŸ’¬ Languages

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ English: Native
πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ German: B1

πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ“ Education

12-week intensive coding course focused on full-stack JavaScript
SPICED Academy - Berlin, Germany (Apr 2017 - Jun 2017)

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies
Beloit College - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA (2011 - 2015)

Washington Semester Program for Journalism and New Media
American University - Washington DC, USA (Fall 2014)

International Exchange studying Political Science
Yeditepe Üniversitesi - Istanbul, Turkey (Spring 2013)

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