Jenna Ritten

Cloud Developer Advocate, IBM

Jenna Ritten (@jritten) is a cloud software developer turned developer advocate for IBM Cloud. She works on expanding the reach of IBM’s technology to Austin’s open source developer community. Her areas of interest include hackathons, design-thinking workshops, NLU/NLP, gamification, and Blockchain technologies. A Detroit native, prior to living in Austin Jenna was living in San Francisco where she attended Dev Bootcamp to learn full-stack web development and transitioned from a career in healthcare. She mainly works in Ruby and Javascript, however, she also teaches Python at a local Austin high school as an instructor for Code2College. She is passionate about Blockchain technologies and their applications to provide global impact to developing countries. She is a strong believer in supporting underrepresented and non-traditional people in tech, much like herself, and providing support by building and fostering communities that need it the most.