Linda Liukas is a children’s book author and illustrator who likes software and sparkles. Linda travels the world as a keynote speaker and her speaking topics range from education to AI. She shares the message of embracing coding and computing at technology conferences, teacher training sessions and even at the United Nations. Her TED talk has gathered over 1.5 million views. In 2017 Linda won China’s biggest design award, the Design Intelligence Award, and in 2018 she was selected to the Forbes list of top 50 women in tech.
Linda is the creator of Hello Ruby, a children’s picture book series about the whimsical world of computers which has been a worldwide success story since its release in 2015. The Hello Ruby series has been translated into 37 languages. Hello Ruby made its debut on Kickstarter and quickly reached its $10,000 funding goal after just 3.5 hours, gathering 380 000 dollars in total funding. Linda is also the founder of Rails Girls, a global movement to teach young women programming in over 260 cities. You can read more on the Hello Ruby concept here, and on Rails Girls on their website.
Linda has studied business, design and engineering at Aalto University and product engineering at Stanford University.
She loves Muji, Zelda Fitzgerald, software, and sparkly things.
“Writing software is about expression, creativity, and practical application. Our kids should learn to bend, join, break and combine code in a way it wasn’t designed to. Just as they would with crayons and paper or wood and tools. I believe there’s plenty to learn in programming logic and culture before showing children a single screen.”– Linda Liukas
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