Making Open Work
May 8–9, 2017: Training & Tutorials
May 10–11, 2017: Conference
Austin, TX

Is it too late to learn how to program? How I become a developer later in life

Alicia Carr (Purple Evolution Inc. (PEVO) | Women Who Code Atlanta)
1:45pm2:25pm Wednesday, May 10, 2017
In Real Life (IRL)
Location: Meeting Room 12
Level: Non-technical
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Anyone who wants to know what it's like to be a woman in tech at 50

What you'll learn

  • Explore how and why Alicia Carr became an iOS mobile developer at the age of 51
  • Discover the challenges she faced as a woman in tech


Adages like you can’t teach an old dog new tricks presume that certain pursuits are for young people only. Some people believe that older people are out of touch with technology—that’s the stereotype, anyway—and programming is no exception. Alicia Carr explains how and why she became an iOS mobile developer at the age of 51, covering challenges and victories, educational resources, and the treatment of women in tech.

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Alicia Carr

Purple Evolution Inc. (PEVO) | Women Who Code Atlanta

Self-taught mobile developer Alicia V. Carr is director of Women Who Code. As someone who’s had family and friends fall victim to domestic violence, Alicia knew she had to utilize her acquired skills as a developer to make a difference, so she created the Purple Evolution, Inc. (PEVO) app. Formerly the Purple Pocketbook, PEVO was established as an effort to to help the millions suffering from abuse across the country and empower women with the essential tools required to develop a safe, secure exit plan. Alicia is also very dedicated to empowering women in tech with Women Who Code and believes that with a woman’s touch, we can change the world.