Writing a New Collar Story, In Code

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Savannah Worth’s Heashot“I consider myself a creator,” said Savannah Worth, Software Developer at IBM’s Bluemix Garage in San Francisco. “My passions have always revolved around creating content – whether it was writing, drawing, or singing.”

Since childhood, Savannah has used sketchbooks to express herself – and ultimately, refine her craft. From watching Star Wars to playing video games, her love of science fiction and fantasy influenced the writing she produced for her high school literary magazine and later, her college courses.

As an English major with an emphasis in Creative Writing, Savannah wrote a science fiction and fantasy novel for her senior college thesis in 2014. Throughout the drafting process, she reaffirmed what she knew along: she was a creator by nature, and wanted a profession that would allow her to do just that, but not in the typical areas many of her peers were entering such as marketing, blogging, or teaching.

While deciding her post-college plan, she became intrigued by the programming work her younger brother was doing for his computer science degree. Although she quickly knew she didn’t want to write code that involved only critical mathematical and scientific components, something about coding appealed to her creativity.

Her senior thesis advisor helped turn the page for her by introducing her to Galvanize Web Development Immersive – the six-month web-developer training program/boot camp hosted in the Galvanize community. The program equips people of any background – no formal education required – with the necessary skills to become a web software developer. Savannah applied, was accepted and enrolled in the June 2014-November 2014 program, directly following her college graduation in May 2014.

By the end of her fourth week in the class, Savannah was designing websites and deploying them to the cloud – with no prior technical experience. Even though she acquired new skills quickly and could apply the artistic elements from her college degree, she was not sure what would be her next step – until someone from IBM’s Bluemix Garage came by her classroom on a recruiting visit.

The IBMer was seeking people with a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skill sets to help build the company’s local software developer team. Savannah was delighted to learn that IBM wanted to hire an array of people who had the right skills and who approached problems from unique perspectives to build the best possible solutions.

In December 2014, the woman with a four-year liberal arts degree and six-month web-developer boot camp experience was hired as the third developer to join IBM’s San Francisco Bluemix Garage. And ever since, Savannah’s been creating her best story yet at the intersection of code and art.

Working directly with client developers and project managers from Kimberly-Clark, AutoLab, and others, she spends her time managing clients’ expectations, helping them solve their problems quickly, and writing code that is highly valuable. She helps executives transform – and ultimately create – their organizations, so they understand the importance of moving to the cloud, using agile software development methods, and investing in Bluemix.

“I originally didn’t think coding was fun, and that mindset deterred me from getting involved in the developer community at a younger age,” said Savannah. “It is important for everyone – especially women – to know that coding and STEM can be creative and engaging.  Thanks to IBM, my story as a coder is just getting started.”

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Adam R. Pratt
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arpratt@us.ibm.com

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