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Mariana Varela

Chicas en Tecnologia
I'm passionate about women and youth empowerment through technology. I'm a UX researcher and I've always understood technology as a tool to change our realities and have a positive impact in the world.

In year 2012, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan awarded me a scholarship for studying at Keio University, where I completed my Master Course. My research topics were related to UX and accessibility in web and mobile platforms for the elderly. During my time in Japan, I also worked for two years at Sony Science Laboratories in Tokyo, mainly designing mobile apps with a strong focus on user experience design.
In 2015, I co-founded Chicas en Tecnología (CET), a non for profit organization focused on bridging the gender gap in technology and entrepreneurship by encouraging teenage girls into pursuing tech and engineering careers. The goal is to motivate, strengthen and increase the knowledge and enthusiasm of young women for technology.

We want teenage women to consider technology as an ally to fulfill different purposes, from thinking of technology as an expressive medium or as a possible solution to problems that affect their communities. More than 1700 young ladies have gone through our programs, launching last year a national program that helped us to reach further than ever before. CET complies with 7 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals proposed by the UN.

Read our 2018 report: http://proyectos.chicasentecnologia.org/reporte2018/

From 2017 to 2018 I've been sharing thoughts as a columnist in La Nación (newspaper) in tech:

Since 2018, I've been - also - working as a UX Researcher in despegar.com, the OTA leader in Latin America.