Ridding stereotypes for women in technology and promoting women involvement in the industry is the mission that model and app developer Lyndsey Scott is committed to.
The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering in Downtown Brooklyn on Tuesday held a "Women in Engineering Summit," where female students listened to Scott tell the story of her journey to success in the field of programming, including the stereotypes she faced.
Scott said she learned that women still have a long way to go.
"It's still a shame that women in tech have to prove themselves if they aren't the stereotypical programmer," she said to amNewYork. "If they aren't, then there is this automatic tendency that people have to question their abilities."
After graduating from Amherst College in 2006 with a dual degree in theater and computer science, Scott pursued her acting career, which eventually led to signing a modeling contract with Calvin Klein.
While her passion for modeling is strong, her desire for a career in programming was inspired by the increase of popularity in the field. Scott always thought mobile apps were cool, but after seeing the capabilities of the IOS platform she was inspired to jump into coding, she said.
Scott has built four mobile apps, two of which help guide anyone who wants to pursue coding or entrepreneurship. Her apps — Educate!, Squarify, Code Made Cool, and Iport — are free and available in the Apple store.