Claire Burn

Claire Burn | Rapid7

Claire Burn
When I was sixteen, I was afraid of computers, because I didn't understand them. Technology was moving fast then - mobile phones were turning into smartphones, and the information age was upon us. So I decided that if I broke a computer I would just have to learn how to fix it again. I began to study Computing for A-Level and came across Alan Turing, and fell in love with the concept of cryptography and cyber-security. I chose to study Computer Science at Queen's University Belfast, and began my tech career.
In second year, I became a Peer Mentor and organised a Windows and Android app Hackathon for the entire School of EEECS, and it was around then that I discovered Women Who Code, which was just starting up in Belfast. I wanted to help out, so I volunteered to become a City Leader. I started the Youth Outreach programme as well as organising meetup events, and went into schools to give coding tutorials. I interned in a range of tech companies, because I wanted to find out what kind of technology I loved best - C++, .NET, Java, Python were a few of the languages I used. I then joined Belfast Google Developer Group as the Women Techmakers Lead, which encouraged me to organise a conference for the past two years running to celebrate International Women's Day. The first year, I did this single-handedly, the second year I formed a team.
I was studying Cyber Security as a Masters at this stage, having won a scholarship. As my first proper job, I worked at a cyber-security hardware startup called Titan-IC as an Applications Engineer and C++ Compiler Engineer. I then moved to Rapid7 to work as a Software Engineer using Python and AWS for data analysis, which is where I am today.

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