6 Badass Women Engineers to Follow

Interviews from the past year at Hackster.io

Allow me to present six of the most talented humans I’ve ever met. It’s been my immense pleasure to interview these people about their work over the past year; I hope you enjoy these just as much as I did. Presented in order of appearance on the Hackster video channel, because I could never presume to rank them. :)

Jean Rintoul, Spectra (🐦 jeantoul)

Jean is an insightful innovator who works on hard problems, including in the biomedical realm. The Spectra biomedical imaging platform provided affordable electrical impedance tomography, which can sometimes safely replace X-rays or other imaging techniques.

Sophy Wong, Designer (🐦 sophywong)

Sophy has a wealth of experience across design, prop-making, and wearables, including last year’s screen-worthy space helmet. She’s been working on a stunningly beautiful 3D-printed and fabric outfit — can’t wait to see this one in real life! Sophy’s big dreams are a constant inspiration.

Helen Leigh, Wearable & Music Tech (🐦 helenleigh)

Helen developed the Mini.mu, a DIY, child-friendly version of Imogen Heap’s smart glove for controlling music. We had a ton of fun building one in the studio, and you should also look out for her sound machines, built using the BELA platform.

Barb Noren, Multifaceted Inventor (🐦 BarbMakesThings)

Barb is an LA-based maker who creates wonderfully playful devices, including the iconic Soldercorns shown in the video above, as well as an octopus companion robot. Her nerdery has deep ties with classic RPG culture.

Krystal Persaud, Window Solar Charger (🐦 theclosedloop)

I deeply admire Krystal’s design skills, and how she’s chosen to apply that experience to improving the world. She has created microbe-powered electronic systems, as well as the stylish Window Solar Charger and a custom kitty-shaped solar installation.

Jeri Ellsworth, Tilt Five (🐦 jeriellsworth)

Jeri is famous within the hardware sphere, with a long reputation for creating innovative electronic and gaming systems. We spoke about her latest venture, an AR platform for tabletop gaming, which embodies several of Jeri’s own optical patents, as well as her spirit: the company was resurrected after its first iteration failed. Learn all about it in the interview above!

Your Turn

Want to see your name on this list? Our current Hacking Menopause challenge — a collaboration with AARP Innovation Labs — is the perfect inspiration. Your design could win big, and improve the lives of millions of women, by addressing one or more symptoms of menopause. See you here next year! 🔥

DIY robots, music, EEG, wearables, languages. FIRST alumna. Hardware Nerd @hacksterio. She/her

DIY robots, music, EEG, wearables, languages. FIRST alumna. Hardware Nerd @hacksterio. She/her