Chaskify’s leading developer uses technology to break all kinds of barriers
Just one year in the United States, Arismayda Dorado Risco is the lead developer for Chaskify. She maps out the tech for the fleet management software that guides thousands of drivers and home service employees to and from their destinations across the country.
Arismayda, 33, from Holguin in southeastern Cuba, is also the genius behind a new Chaskify courier management software platform that will give companies an online booking, courier management and delivery management system, complete with their own url. She designed the new platform to be so accessible, even small neighborhood-based businesses like plumbers, cleaners, landscapers, babysitting services – you name it – can take customer bookings online and manage their driver and service delivery logistics all in one place.
“Technology isn’t a language-specific industry. If you speak tech – so to speak – you can pretty much get by no matter where you are,” says Arismayda, a Cuban immigrant now living in South Florida, home to Chaskify’s headquarters. “I’m learning English and it’s not easy. But when it comes to coding and software development like Chaskify’s logistics tracking software, the language is the same.”
Working in the tech industry helped Arismayda make the difficult transition from life in Cuba, by way of Ecuador. She studied computer sciences at La Universidad de Oriente and La Universidad de la Habana, and then put her knowledge to work in Ecuador, a position that helped her stay in tune with global technology trends.
“When you work in the technology industry, you have to stay on top of trends. It’s an ever-changing environment,” Arismayda says. “The access I have here to online classes and news is phenomenal. As I learn the language, I’m able to advance in my profession. It’s luxury many who have made the move from Cuba and other countries to the U.S. don’t have.”
Arismayda is among the growing number of women in technology. More and more women are filling jobs like developers, programmers and tech executives that have been predominantly occupied by men.
Philanthropist Melinda Gates started her professional career in technology. Diversity in the industry will accelerate innovations worldwide, according to Gates, who spoke earlier this week at the launch of a partnership with Code.org.
“Innovation happens when we approach urgent challenges from every different point of view. Bringing women and underrepresented minorities into the field guarantees that we see the full range of solutions to the real problems that people face in the world,” Gates said.
Here’s a look at some interesting stats showing the number of women working in information technology jobs and in the workforce from the National Center for Women & Information Technology.
- 57% of professional occupations in 2016 U.S. workforce were held by women.
- 26% of professional computing occupations in 2016 were held by women.
- 5% of the computing workforce in 2016 were Asian women.
- 3% of the computing workforce in 2016 were African American women.
- 2% of the computing workforce in 2016 were Hispanic women.
- 20% of Fortune 100 companies Chief Information Officer (CIO) positions were held by women in 2016