Linda Liukas

Programmer, storyteller and illustrator

Linda Liukas

Programmer, storyteller and illustrator

Biografi

Linda is a programmer, storyteller and illustrator from Helsinki, Finland. Her book series Hello Ruby introduces the whimsical world of technology for kids and has been translated to over 20 languages. Linda has studied in business, design and engineering in Aalto University and product engineering in Stanford University. In 2013, the European Commission gave her the title of Digital Champion of Finland.

Linda is a central figure in the world of programming and has worked on edutech already before it was called that. Linda is the founder of Rails Girls, a global phenomenon teaching the basics of programming for young women all over the world.

She previously worked at Codecademy, a programming education company in New York with over 5 million users all over the world, but left to work on the children’s book which she believes is one of the best platform to introduce kids to programming.

She believes our world is increasingly run by software and we need more diversity in the people who are building it: The best way to introduce programming to children is through compelling story telling.

Photo: Copyright Maija Tammi 2014