Honoring International Women’s Day with Skype bot developer Barbara Ondrisek

 |   Steve Clarke

Barbara Ondrisek headshot

In honor of International Women’s Day on Wednesday, the Skype Blog interviewed Skype bot developer Barbara Ondrisek on how she got her start. Creator of Mica, the Hipster Cat Bot on Skype, Ondrisek started in software more than 15 years ago, when bots were science fiction, apps were not yet invented and Ondrisek was one of a handful of female developers.

“I’ve just always been fascinated by computers and all the things you can create, and problems you can solve, with technology,” Ondrisek says in a Q&A. “I started out building web sites and databases, but as mobile began to take over, I naturally moved to apps—and then bots.”

Ondrisek also gives tips for other bot developers and says why she made Mica, one of the first bots on Skype, a cat.

Learn more at the Skype Blog.

Vanessa Ho
Microsoft News Center Staff

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