Vivian Galinari

Vivian Galinari | BBC

Vivian Galinari

I’m Viv, I majored in Business in Brazil and left the country shortly after graduating to pursued a career in Europe.

For years I had worked on all sorts of zero hour contract jobs such as in airports, cafes to even handing newspapers out on the streets until I secured an office job in London where I gradually grew from assistant to manager. Two years ago I decided to change my career and committed to teaching myself coding from scratch with the aim to becoming a software engineer. Despite loving technology, I didn't feel like I fitted into the male coder stereotype and thought that working on business roles within the Tech industry would fulfil my professional needs, but it didn’t. It was only after graduating from a 2 years MSc degree in Innovation Management that I took in the evenings while working in my office job that I realise to innovate I must code myself.

And so my self-teaching coding journey began. I have made changes in my lifestyle that supported 15 hours day of intensive learning that included quitting my job and moving to a remote and more affordable location in SE Asia to focus exclusively on skilling up. I taught myself blockchain and web development from the internet and got offered a position as Junior Developer at the BBC as my first official job as soon as I got back to London. But my study routine haven’t stoped there, to this date, I show up everyday to continue improving myself as a developer and I am grateful to have been promoted in the company so soon and to Midlevel Software Engineer this year.
Out of business hours, I dedicate my time to explore Creative Coding and to learn 3D and Augmented Reality (AR). I have been recognised as one of the top creators for AR experiences and have been invited by Facebook and Google to talk and to their Global Hackathon. Making Instagram filters started as a passion and is now a career path as I start to run workshops and teach others about it.

Supporting link where I share my career journey in an article for Lecture in Progress: https://lectureinprogress.com/journal/vivian-galinari


Amelia Hayward

Amelia Hayward | BBC

Amelia Hayward

I create television and digital content watched by millions.

Unusually, I have years of both technical and production experience. I am a Multi-skilled Technical Operator working on a range of TV programmes for the BBC’s World Service. In my spare time I direct and produce an award winning online documentary series about a British professional basketball team. My credits include BBC Panorama, BBC Glastonbury, BBC Click, BBC Radio 2, BBC News and Give Me Sport Women. I have also been chosen for talent programmes like the BFI NETWORK x BAFTA Crew and the BBC Women in Technical and Production programme. My showreel: https://twitter.com/mediaamelia/status/1262434172238528512


Sara Al Wajih

Sara Al Wajih | BBC

Sara Al Wajih

A multilingual, digitally native, versatile and creative multi-media video editor, digital video journalist and producer with an award winning background of (digital) documentaries.

Track record of initiative and achievement-seeking out diverse stories and project, expanding job description boundaries. Years of experience in working with different services and languages such as BBC News & Current Affairs, Victoria Derbyshire, Newsnight, Digital Video, BBC Stories, BBC Arabic, Africa 2020 and Documentaries.

Understanding the important of keeping up to date with technology, I have always been keen to still be a step ahead of technology and cultural change in order to maintain at the top with a track record of award nominations. Devised strategies and workflows internally, to allow a collaboration from different departments and services from TV to digital - online and mobile.

Also have been selected to be one of sixteen women selected for the prestigious BBC News & Current Affairs Women In Tech Programme sponsored by the Development Director.

Coming from a BAME background, it humbled me to realise how privileged I was in the UK, whilst my family are in a war torn country, Yemen, struggling to survive but still determined to get an education and career. I put my knowledge and love of technology to devise a way of helping others that needed help through an app. I was determined to revolutionise the mentoring process by developing an app that helps connect users all over the world. I was particularly focusing on females from war torn countries and from stricter backgrounds that may not be able to connect outside, so building a mentoring and skill sharing app seems ideal.


Jaimini Chandarana

Jaimini Chandarana | BBC

Jaimini Chandarana

I studied Media Technology and Production which allowed me to gain the scientific knowledge to take into the industry.

I started working for an independent company as an editor for short films and applied for a technical operator role for the BBC. I am now a senior operator at BBC and have worked for a range of programmes and services such as The One Show, Asian Network, BBC Three, Victoria Derbyshire and BBC News.

I currently work as a graphic designer for BBC Look North Yorkshire, Sunday Politics, The Super League Show and Inside Out and I am responsible for producing on air graphics across the new and legacy brands - from conceptualising and translating briefs into effective, inspirational and creative complex graphics for day to day news and longer form edits.

Working in TV gallery and studios is something I have always thoroughly enjoyed. I have gained valuable experience by operating cameras on live productions, floor managing in studios and major outside broadcasts, directing and sound mixing in the gallery.
My passion for technology can be traced back to my pre professional days whether it be directing drama productions at school to sound supervising on location for local community projects. My interest in technology goes far beyond my day job and working on projects outside of work allow me to keep up to date with an ever changing tech industry.