Audrey Tang, Perl Programmer and so much more

2016-09-15 10:45:15 admin News 0 Comments

Audrey Tang was appointment by the Tsai Ing-wen administration as a minister without a portfolio last month. She will be involved in open government and digital economy and according to Cabinet Spokesman Tung Chen-yuan she will also supervise government open data initiatives and aid the implementation of its "Asian Silicon Valley". She will be the youngest minister in the cabinet, taking office on October 1st 2016 and the first transgender official in the Cabinet.

But let’s back up a bit, some of you might be wondering who is Audrey Tang?

With an IQ of 180 she is a genius in the full sense of the word, and not just that, but also a self described civil hacker, a fighter for freedom of information and transparency in government.

Among the many things that we could call Andrey is also perl programmer. She learned how to program in Perl at age 12. By her own recollection after first reading a few programming books she “coded” on paper because she didn’t have a computer. She initiated more than 100 Perl projects between 2001 and 2006 and also lead the Pugs project in 2005, helping implement Perl 6.

Dropping out of high school, as she was unable to adapt to school life, she was homeschooled. She is a big supporter of the autodidact method, (self - teaching), a way of learning that has worked very well for her. She also became an entrepreneur, developing several startups, including a search engine for Mandarin lyrics, at age 15! At 16 she had her own company and since has done consulting work for companies like Apple or BenQ.

Two years ago she retired from the business side of things and moved towards the public and social sector.  She wants to make the world a better place by being involved in social and governmental issues and by getting people to be more involved.  Proof of this her contribution to the g0v platform that advocates citizen participation.

We congratulate her on her new position and wish her success in all of her endeavours. We’re proud to have her in our community as many of you are proud to call her your friend.

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