Episode 24 – Mimi Keshani

Mimi is the Vice President of Operations at Hadean. Mimi is at the intersection of science and technology at a start up in the United Kingdom. She brings her passion and excitement for truly making a difference in the world to her job on a daily basis.

Episode Notes

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms, Definitions, and Fact Check

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, by Caroline Criado Perez.

Minecraft – a sandbox video game developed by Mojang Studios. The game was created by Markus “Notch” Persson in the Java programming language. (wikipedia)

Spacial Modeling – an analytical process conducted in conjunction with a geographical information system (GIS) in order to describe basic processes and properties for a given set of spatial features. The objective of spatial modeling is to be able to study and simulate spatial objects or phenomena that occur in the real world and facilitate problem solving and planning. (www.techopedia.com)

Imperial College – a public research university in London. Imperial College London is the only UK university to focus entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business. Our international reputation for excellence in teaching and research sees us consistently rated in the top 10 universities worldwide. (https://www.imperial.ac.uk)

Rust Programming – a multi-paradigm programming language focused on performance and safety, especially safe concurrency. Rust is syntactically similar to C++, and provides memory safety without using garbage collection, but instead through the use of a borrow checking system. (wikipedia)

I couldn’t easily find a statistic for how many AI programmers come from the UK, but I did read an article about it being high in the UK, next to the US and China. 13.5% of AI programmers are women (www.equalai.org)

The number of single-sex independent schools in Britain has roughly halved since the Nineties. Today, 12 per cent are girls-only; boys’ schools comprise just under 10 per cent. (www.telegraph.co.uk) There are a number of all girls schools in the US which are listed by state on Wikipedia.

Female founders raised 2.8% of venture capital this year. Venture capital investment in all-female founding teams hit $3.3 billion in 2019, representing 2.8% of capital invested across the entire U.S. startup ecosystem this year, according to the latest data collected by PitchBook. (www.techcrunch.com)

Ocean View, Cape Town, was established in 1968 as a township for coloured people who had been forcibly removed from so called “white areas” such as Simon’s Town, Noordhoek, Red Hill, Glencairn by the apartheid government under the Group Areas Act. (wikipedia)

Kingdom Sports Ministry provides a safe place for Ocean View youth to go after school. Since its creation, KSM has expanded to other Cape Town communities. KSM provides activities, a basic meal, and ministry to youth in impoverished areas to keep them away from the overwhelming presence of drugs and gangs. (www.kingdcomsportsministry.org)

South Africa has a notably high rate of murders, assaults, rapes and other violentcrimes, compared to most countries. … South Africa’s high crime rates, recidivism and overburdened criminal justice system has been described as a crisis which requires a radical rethink of crime and punishment in the youth. (wikipedia)

Mimi can be reached at: mimi@hadean.com

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