Blogger, Tech Lover, Just Me
My name is Jennifer Opal. I am a DevOps Engineer focusing on Big Data, blogger & speaker focusing on a number of different things. First, on my black experience in the tech industry, inclusion, being neurodivergent, the value in learning how to code as well as just being new to tech and navigating the tech space.
I'm also the creator of "The Opal Newsletter", a monthly newsletter that provides free to low cost coding resources to those that are on their coding journeys.
How I Got Here
I got a taster of the world of tech after typing my first line of code with Code First: Girls in October 2017. Fast forward to November 2018, I earned myself a place on the furtHER Program in collaboration with Code First: Girls and BT Group; a Digital Intensive Program aiming to bring more women and non-binaries into tech.
I stepped out of my comfort zone to enter a field while holding no STEM qualifications and after being diagnosed with dyslexia, dyspraxia and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). After successfully passing the assessments to earn an interview opportunity, I received a job offer for a Junior Software Engineer role with BT Group to be based in Belfast.
What I Believe
Since entering tech in March 2019, I advocate for the importance of black representation and a desire to see tech companies demonstrate a workforce that represents the many different colours, faiths and the neurodiversity of our world.
I have received many accolades in my career so far simply for sharing my voice while bringing inspiration to others on my journey through the industry.
My Journey So Far
My accolades since entering the tech industry in March 2019 include:
- Nominated for the Rising Technologist Award at the Booking.com Technology Playmaker Awards 2020
- Shortlisted as one of the Most Influential Women In Tech UK 2020 by ComputerWeekly.com and Makers Academy
- Winner of the Rising Star Award at the Black Tech Achievement Awards 2020
- Named as one of 50 of the Most Influential Black Voices In Tech 2019 UK by TechNation
- Shortlisted as one of the Most Influential Women In Tech UK 2019 by ComputerWeekly.com, Level39 and Makers Academy
- Shortlisted for the UK's first Women in Software Powerlist 2019 by Makers Academy & ComputerWeekly.com
Frequently Asked Questions
I am more than happy to speak at events depending on the topic at hand. I do charge a fee for my services. If you would like to discuss this further, do send me an email through the form on the 'Contact Me' page.
As I am already contributing to my own platform, I would consider featuring on your platform for a fee. I am open to discuss this further so do feel free to contact me through the form on the 'Contact Me' page.
I'm happy to discuss brand collaborations through my social media platforms, newsletter and website, do contact me through the appropriate channels to discuss this further.
For business, PR and collaborations, the best way to contact me is privately through the 'Contact Me' page above. If you would like to contact me regarding non-business related enquiries, do send a Direct Message through my social media channels. You'll find the links to them in the navigation bar at the top of the page or as links at the bottom of the page.