<![CDATA[WIN Career Network - Blog]]>Mon, 03 Jun 2019 07:58:13 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[Building a visually impaired-friendly city - Gita Nofieka Dwijayati, founder of Tune Map]]>Sun, 21 Apr 2019 18:55:26 GMThttp://wincareernetwork.com/blog/building-a-visually-impaired-friendly-city-gita-nofieka-dwijayati-founder-of-tune-map
To celebrate Kartini's Day, we have an interview lined up with Gita Nofieka Dwijayati, who founded Tune Map with her senior high school friends, Malik and Pravitasari. They have a shared vision, which was to make a disable-friendly city. Gita is in charge of all of Tune Map's operational in Bandung as a team leader. Read more to see what motivated her to grow Tune Map!
Please tell us more about Tune Map.
Tune Map is a mobile platform to collect data on safe and unsafe pavement conditions, to help and navigate the visually impaired. It has two main users: sighted-volunteers and the visually-impaired as the main beneficial group. Tune Map allows volunteers to report accessible and inaccessible pavements within the city by uploading pictures of obstacles they found on the pavements. The shared information will be collected onto a database and be used to safely navigate the visually-impaired through voice and vibration feature. In return, volunteers will gain certain points for each report that they submitted through Tune Map.

Tune Map allows volunteers to help through their mobile phone as they walk across the city. It will also enhance data-driven city improvement as the government will be able to figure out which route that should be fixed urgently. Tune Map promotes digital volunteerism that allows volunteers around the globe create a safe and accessible urban environment by participating in monitoring as well as in data collection.
What is your background and what inspired you to create Tune Map?
I took my bachelor degree in architecture. During my bachelor degree, I learned a lot about accessibility and universal design, where all of our designs should be accessible by everyone including people with disability. At that time, I did not specifically take any concern on that issue. Then, I took my master degree in Tourism and Hospitality in United Kingdom. 
​One time, I took a training class about Tourism for all. The trainer was on wheelchair and I realized that it is important to create facilities that are accessible for everyone. He trained us about how people with impairments can enjoy attraction if the attraction is accessible. After that, I started to concern about disability and accessibility issue. When I went back to Indonesia, I met with my high school friends, Malik and Pravitasari. They have the same vision and concern with me. They did not feel comfortable at all to walk within the city, and then we thought, how about people who cannot see anything? How can they walk independently with the unsafe pavement conditions. We brought our idea into a competition called “UN Global Pulse Big Ideas Competition in 2016” and that was when Tune Map started. We won excellence award back then and we kept on improving Tune Map until now.
What were the challenges you faced while creating Tune Map? How did you overcome these challenges?
The first challenge that we faced was none of the founder has an IT background. We then tried to get a grant so we could find a developer and pay them professionally. Luckily, we managed to get grant from UN Volunteer in 2017 as we joined a competition called YVIC (Youth Volunteer Impact Challenge) and got 1st Runner Up.  Since then, we hired a team and asked them to develop Tune Map further. However, as time goes by, the developer team realized that Tune Map carries out social mission, so they decided to volunteer instead to create a website for Tune Map.

The challenge also comes from society. There is still a lack of awareness of having facilities that are accessible for everyone including people with disability. People do not know how important it is to have accessible facilities. Even the government still makes a policy that is not applicable for disabled people because they did not ask them directly on how to provide accessible facilities for disabled people. Every time we pitch our idea about Tune Map, there will always be a question about how visually impaired people can use mobile phone in their daily life, and the audience doubted that people with visual impairment can go independently. Therefore, we created a campaign so people can see with their own eyes that visually impaired people can do a lot of things like other people do and raised their awareness about accessibility and disability issue.

Where do you see Tune Map in the future?
I hope Tune Map can make an impact for the society and the data that Tune Map has been collected can be used to improve the city’s accessibility. Additionally, I hope that people with visual impairment can use Tune Map in their daily life so they can be more empowered and independent.
What advice would you give people who want to start their own ventures?
First, find a friend who has the same vision, passion, and goal as you since it is hard to be a single founder.

Secondly, always remember your reason why do you want to start your own business at the first place. Sometimes, things will get really hard during your journey. Remembering your “why” will help you gain some new strengths.

Lastly, networking, networking, and networking! Collaboration is really important for your business. Therefore, create your network as wide as you can as you will never know which person is going to help you with your business. 

To find out more about Tune Map, please visit:
Website: https://tunemap.org/
Instagram: tunemap.id
<![CDATA[Who said you can't do a Master's while Pregnant? Defi Lim and the first LLM baby at King's College London]]>Wed, 06 Mar 2019 17:35:48 GMThttp://wincareernetwork.com/blog/defi-lim-studying-llm-at-kings-college-london-and-being-pregnant-at-the-same-timePicture

​Hello, WINspiration readers! To commemorate the International Women's Day on 8th March 2019, we are thrilled to continue inspiring women with our blog! This time, we are very honoured to interview Defi Lim, a civil servant at Ministry of Finance of Republic of Indonesia (MoF), specifically at Directorate General of Taxes (DGT).

​Defi just accomplished her master degree at King's College London, funded by Indonesia Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP), and awarded as an LLM in International Tax Law in January 2019. Defi is not just a master graduate, she is also a wife and a mother to a one-year old baby girl. We are excited to hear from Defi!

May you share with us your motivation to pursue a postgraduate master in International Law at King’s College London? ​
When I was an undergraduate student at State College of Accounting (STAN), my core study was accounting. All of STAN graduates were definitely distributed to be working at MoF at that time, and I was allocated to be on duty at DGT. As time goes by, I learned about taxation as well.

However, my work deals not only with domestic but also international taxation. I realized globalization affects multinational company behaviour in administering their taxation among their group, and consequently tax avoidance practices happened, such as transfer pricing, thin capitalization, treaty shopping, etc. I considered focusing on these schemes were important since I was in charged for taxation of large companies.

For these reasons, I applied for international tax law as my master major. Furthermore, King’s College London has been one of the top twenty universities in the world.

How did your working experience help you in securing a place at your course and obtaining a scholarship from LPDP?
LPDP requires both academic and organizational experiences. I was fortunate that the major that I applied for was in line with my working experience and future career.

Moreover, I was one of Indonesia delegates for some international events such as those hosted by OECD, World Bank, etc. I also engaged with some large MNE cases related to international taxation.

In addition to that, I actively participated in the church leadership. All these factors helped me to secure a place.

What made you decide to bring your husband to London? 
​I shared my dream to pursue higher education to my husband long before we got married. He supported me a lot since the beginning, but in the middle of the process we found it quite tough since he had to leave his job before moving to the UK. However, we thought it would be worth the price since it would be harder for us to live a long distance marriage.

​Moreover, I was already 20-week pregnant when we flew to London. My husband’s presence before my due date and especially post-natal, was extremely valuable. At the end, I could say that he is literally my ‘other half’, since not only had he contributed a lot to my LLM degree, but also has helped me in taking care of our baby.

Did being pregnant make you feel any different from the rest of the students in your class?
I may say that being a preggo student in the class gave me such a great privilege. It was easier to make new friends in the first term since most of my friends asked about my pregnancy.

Even when I had delivered my baby girl, my professor announced the news in front of the class and welcomed her as the first LLM baby at King’s. LOL.

However, there was also an inevitable challenge: to keep up the academic schedule since I did not opt to defer my studies in accordance with my scholarship agency rule.

Would you be able to share with us the help that you received from National Health Service (NHS) during your pregnancy?
Giving birth in the UK has been one of the best experiences in my life. NHS offers excellent services by professional staffs, starting from the midwife appointment, antenatal classes to prepare for the birth, to the postnatal classes such as weaning and solid food introduction to the baby.

​However, NHS only offers 2 ultrasound scans (at 8 to 14 weeks, and between 18 and 21 weeks). This affected me on the due date that I had to have emergency C-section because my baby was twisted by the placenta and the condition could not be detected because of that rule. Thankfully, the midwives and doctors were extremely helpful. They also taught me how to breastfeed and provide free vaccinations.

What were your challenges during pregnancy and after giving birth?
Well, actually studying with my bump in the first term of my studies felt much easier than in the second term when I had delivered my baby. Before the due date, I usually went to library and stayed there until midnight to study.

On the contrary, after the delivery, I spent most of my times for the baby. So basically, time constraint is the major problem, especially in the first month of post-natal. These dramatic changes pushed me to adapt with new strategy to keep the pace with my academic timeline.

But on top of that, I managed to prevent myself not to be stressed out in order to protect the fetus and maintain the breast milk production.

Would you share with us, how did you manage your time doing a dissertation while taking care of a family? 
I believe in the quote: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. I was aware of the risks I had to take and the challenges I had to face to be a mother, a wife, and a student simultaneously. Thus, I made a timeline for my dissertation and evaluate the progress regularly.

​I am fortunate to have a highly-supportive husband. We made an agreement for our time arrangement. Since he worked in the evening, he could use his morning to take care of our baby. I was given the slot in the morning to focus on doing my dissertation. So I had four hours in a day to do the writing, and I always tried to seize the day since I realized every single minute I had was the price that my husband and my baby have paid for my study. 

I always tried to seize the day since I realized every single minute I had was the price that my husband and my baby have paid for my study.
What tips would you give to other pregnant women who would like to pursue her studies? ·
  • Speak to your professor and student advisor about your conditions, and discuss any available options to support your study.
  • Your husband is your best teammate. Make agreements to handle things together, help each other and have respect.
  • Have a good time management and a life balance. Work hard, play hard ;)
  • Avoid stress because it will affect your baby. Take a break for a while and do not hesitate to share your burden since you can’t do it alone.

What other activities did you enjoy doing while you were in the UK?
I love Sundays since I could go to the church to rest my mind, soul, and spirit. Other than that, London never fails to amaze me with its museums, parks, events, etc. Strolling around and having a picnic with my family and friends were absolutely relaxing too. Perhaps I can say that I enjoyed every single moment while I was in London, which I take it as one of great benefits to have study abroad in the UK.

Is there anything else that you would like to share with WINspiration readers?
I often heard that marriage and having a child were reasons for many women to leave their dreams behind. Hence, some believe it is better to be single or not to have any children. I believe that women’s uniqueness should not be barrier for themselves both to unleash their potential and to pursuit their dreams when they enter a new phase of life.

​To be a great wife and a dedicated mother are undoubtedly demanding. But if you keep your dream in your heart, be persevere in chasing it to make it happen, nothing is ever impossible. Looking up to role model or joining women group such as WIN community can be ways to ignite that passion. With the right support system, you will be able to go far.
<![CDATA[Vanya Valindria, an AI/ML researcher and unpredictable musician]]>Sat, 26 Jan 2019 21:07:07 GMThttp://wincareernetwork.com/blog/vanya-valindriaPicture
As the first blog post on WINspiration, we would like to start strong and hear from Vanya Valindria. She is truly an inspirational Indonesian woman who is currently doing a PhD in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London while raising two children with her husband. She proudly calls herself an Artificial Intelligcence (AI) / Machine Learning (ML) researcher and unpredictable musician.

Please tell us more about your research in biomedical image analysis.
My main focus in research is on AI-machine learning on medical images. Nowadays, AI is everywhere and sounds like a buzz-word in industry. During my PhD, I learn how to utilise AI for automatically analysing the large scale medical image data. With machine learning algorithms, computers can help recognise multiple organs/bones or detect tumor/lesion from MRI/CT images, which is a tedious task for a physician if he/she has to manually annotate scans from thousands of patients. Thus, we hope it will assist the doctor in making a better and more reliable diagnosis.

What is your background and how did you end up in this field?
My background since undergraduate is still in the same field: medical image analysis. Then, I continued my master's focusing on Computer Vision and Robotics in Erasmus Mundus program (3 countries in 2 years). But, it is always aligned in the same field for the past 13 years: analysing images using computer.
Do you enjoy your research? What has been your biggest achievement?
I enjoy my research because I know that it is what I like to do. I love this field since undergraduate, and I keep doing it. I don’t think I have a big achievement yet because as in research, there will always be future works. But the thing that I’m proud of is: I can contribute to healthcare through technology. An example: when a hospital actually used our assistive diagnosis tool in the clinical-cardiology department.

How could your research be applied to contribute directly or indirectly to Indonesia?
As the utilisation of AI in radiology has not yet been applied widely in Indonesia, in the meantime I think it is more to indirect contribution, such as to provide consultancy for AI application in healthcare or to give lectures.

If you could do anything after completing your PhD, what would you like to do?
If anything, I’d like to make a kid album. But, for professional career, after completing my study I will explore opportunities to work around Data Science or AI/ML in industry or academic.

How do you like living in the UK? How does it compare with other countries you have lived in?
I love living in the UK, especially in London because it is very multicultural and it feels that you don’t live abroad because you can find everything here: it is like a miniature of the world! Everyone is welcomed here.

Other countries I have lived (Scotland, Bourgogne-France, Catalunya-Spain, The Netherlands) have their very own unique cultures as I lived in more rural areas. So I have more chance to relax and to explore the local culture there. On the other hand, London is lively and very busy, the life-pace is more like in Jakarta. 

How do you balance your research work with your love for music?
Not too balance I think. I only do music in my spare time to express my creativity, my feeling, my desire to sing, also some ideas in my mind. If I cannot get good progress or get stuck in work, I can also pour it down to songs (or strange music composition). 

I would also not be able to make music if I don’t love computer, as all of the my music composition and home-recording were done solely with my laptop (and audio gadgets) with my amateur audio-engineering skills (most of my original songs can be listened here: https://vanya2v.bandcamp.com, or videos on YouTube channel: Vanya2V).

As a wife and a mother of two, how do you prioritise your research and hobby around your family?
As a mom, family is obviously my number one priority among those aforementioned things. 

My everyday routine (before the second born): taking him to school and going to the lab straight away, working/learning, and picking him up from school at 3 PM. If there are courses or workshops or talks I need to attend outside the hours, I bring him to classes. I enjoy that flexible working hours for being a PhD-mom. Then I cook for the family dinner, do other household things, and accompany them to learn/do home-learning from school.

My music hobby also includes kids a lot, because when you reach home you cannot do anything without involving (read: getting distraction from) kids. The only me-time is when I’m in the lab or when they sleep. It means, back then I used to wake up after midnight, did the work when the research papers have to be finished (with kids on the lap) or composed my musical arrangement/recording (when I was motivated to do so).  Moms know how to pump out their productive time.

Looking back at your life journey, what has been the biggest lesson learned, and what do you still find challenging?
It may not be a single lesson but everyday we learn many things: from the mistakes, from anyone else, from the surrounding, etc.  The more I grow, the more I can smile for failures. Just, take it easy, as it is a part of the process. Looking back I have applied for almost 200 PhD applications (and scholarships) for 3 years before I got the current PhD position. It was apple-to-apple for job applications; painful. Perhaps, it is not a failure, it is just a way for you to learn and learn again. Just follow the process, be patient, and you will be led to reach the right place at the right time.

I still find challenging when it comes to managing family, especially when you are alone, miles-and-miles away from your big Indonesian family. Sometimes, it feels very lonely and like a never ending emotional journey.

What is your #1 advice for everyone who is reading this article?
As a woman, sometimes we do overthink when we decide for a big leap for ourselves. But if you want it and you are sure about the benefits/pros, just do it! Women are mostly multi-taskers, so don’t be afraid to live with multiple roles. Do what you can do now, however small you think it is (relax, nobody expect you to be a wonder-woman), as our time is kinda limited (by all of those responsibilities).  Just take a chance lies in front of you, as far as/as long as you enjoy it...

Thank you Vanya for sharing your inspiring story and advice with WIN Career Network!