6 Female App Developers and the Apps and Games They Create

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To celebrate International Women’s Day, which is tomorrow, we’re exploring the App Store for apps created by female app developers. But they aren’t just about the apps, they’re about the women behind them.

Ayaka Nonaka: Workflow, Venmo, Apple

Screenshots of Workflow in a list of female app developers.Although Ayaka works at Apple now, she used to develop for Workflow and Venmo. She also presents talks at conferences, such as Natural Language Processing with Swift and Testing: View Models & Protocols. Other projects she’s working on include Parsimmon, a linguistics toolkit for iOS, and Polyglot, a Swift API for Microsoft Translator.

Carola Nitz: VLC for iOS

Screenshots of VLC player in our list of female app developers.Carola is one of the contributors for VLC’s iOS client, and is a software engineer in Berlin, Germany.  VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player, and it’s a popular alternative to built-in media players in Windows and macOS. Carola started programming in 2009 with a student job at Nik Software.

Kamilah Taylor: LinkedIn, Wolfram Research

Screenshots of LinkedIn in our list of female app developers.Kamilah previously worked on LinkedIn’s iOS app, and she also works on robotics at Wolfram Research. She first started programming when she was 9, using the Logo language to make a turtle draw lines on a computer. Kamilah also presents talks at conferences.

Kristina Fox: Intuit

Screenshots of Mint, Quickbooks, and TurboTax in our list of female app developers.Kristina is a senior iOS engineer at Intuit, a company with financial products like QuickBooks, Mint, and TurboTax. When she’s not developing, she blogs about iOS and watchOS development. You can find her tweeting about development tips, iOS articles, and opportunities for women in tech.

Summer Panage: Twitter, Apple, Chorus Fitness

Screenshots of Twitter in our list of female app developers.Summer is a developer currently working at Chorus Fitness. Her previous roles include head of Mobile Accessibility on iOS & Android at Twitter, and a developer at Apple working on Accessibility, UIAutomation, and Maps. Summer is also a professional circus artist as an aerial rope performer.

Jean MacDonald: App Camp For Girls

Screenshots of App Camp Compendium in our list of female app developers.Jean is the founder of App Camp For Girls to promote gender equity in technology by seeking to inspire young girls. It’s also a place for women in tech to network and provide mutual support in the field of software development.

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  1. tommyneel

    When I see titles like these, normally I just pass on by.

    Who cares who makes awesome apps?! I don’t go looking for apps created by females, males, Indians, blacks or Asians – I go looking for awesome apps. For the love, we have to stop labeling people for the sake of labeling. If anything, it creates animosity and division.

    Good apps, good managers, good CEOs – ANYTHING good will rise to the top.

    Are you going to do an article on apps created by someone who identifies as Binary? Where are all the great apps created by one-legged, 11-fingered, no-eyed midgets from Zimbabwe?

    These are are great apps. No one outside of your petty PC circle cares that they were created by women. Good for them – I’m glad they kick ass at code; no possible way I could do it. Kudos to the for their skills – just where does this stop?

    • Andrew Orr

      I largely agree with you: we shouldn’t have to think this way. But we have to because of the society we live in, and there is some evidence to support that. Such as men getting paid more than women, underrepresentation of women in technology, and other more serious issues beyond the scope of this article. I think as long as that is the case, we should be aware of issues like this. If society worked differently, we wouldn’t need International Women’s Day because every day would celebrate women.

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