Due to a strong desire to immerse herself into the tech world, Wing Puah has now more knowledge in her craft, as compared to other women of her.
Wing, currently a Project Coordinator at XinFin, remains at the top of her game when it comes to technology. Hailing from a front-end developer background, she believes that it is important to expose oneself to all sorts of areas at work for career development.
Recently, Wing attended the BlockSpace Asia 2018 event where she represented XinFin, a Blockchain technology startup based in Singapore. The company aims to bridge the trade and finance deficit by developing hybrid Blockchain solutions for its clients.
FESO Asia had the opportunity to catch up with the self-taught developer who shared about what it is like being a career woman in her generation, having dealt with quarter-life crises and challenges in her current role.
Q. Let’s talk about your current business/profession, what do you do?
I’m currently wearing a few hats in the tech industry. I recently joined a two-year old event tech company as a co-founder. We rent interactive touch screens, game design and outsourcing of workforce to Indonesia.
We are also creating an EduTech app for kids that have a CSR component to it. The app aims to reward kids with points when they play educational games. With these points, they can use it to redeem kids-approved products or even choose to donate to others.
Aside from that, I’m also organising Singapore’s first cross-disciplinary blockchain hackathon with the aim of being a platform to connect various institutions, developers, entrepreneurs, government, public, private, and grassroot sectors.
Q. With the ups and downs in life, is there anything interesting you might like to share with us?
I was facing a quarter-life crisis when I first graduated. I went to New Zealand for a working holiday to find myself again but when I came back, I felt even more lost. It took me another eight years of hard knocks, volunteering and exploring to figure out what I want in life. That was about years back though and I think I was one of the few Singaporeans to have pursued self-exploration at that point in time.
Q. What is “empowerment” to you?
The ability and freedom to achieve the goals and targets set by ourselves.
Q. Tell me something that’s true, that almost nobody agrees with you on.
It takes a tribe to raise a kid! Coming from a coaching and soft skills training background, there are so many various aspects to take care of, it’s a feat that modern-day parents are able to juggle a career and parenthood at the same time.
Q. How lucky do you think you are and why?
I feel quite lucky. When life seems to go downhill, there will always be someone to give me a hand. The whole journey towards technology has been a blessed journey as well.
Q. If you woke up and had 1,000 unread emails and could only answer 100 of them, how would you choose which ones to answer?
Skim through the 1000 emails first. Tackle the urgent/profitable ones first, and then go from the earliest email to the latest.
Q. Shameless plug?
HACKATHON. Honestly, super stoked about it. Coming from a self-taught developer background, working in blockchain to organising a hackathon. I think it’s partly thanks to the exposure that I have garnered from my blog amongst the tech community as well.
With sheer determination and standing proud as a Singaporean, Wing is even more fueled to rise up and tackle any challenges thrown upon her. She took her issues as a phase that led her to an even better opportunity. Now, she’s readier than ever to take the world head on.