Fewer than men in the Tech niche, women do exist in this area on YouTube. Too bad the candidates are few in France and most of them speak English from the United States. Spotlight on these personalities.
1) iJustine: the star
With 6.54 million subscribers (!) On YouTube, Justine Ezarik is the undisputed star of Tech YouTubers. She is also a pioneer. Actress, this American launches out with sketches on the platform in 2006 and lends herself to reality TV experiences. It was when the iPhone was released in 2007 that she began to cover high-tech news (she made herself known to the general public by receiving a telephone bill of… 300 pages) then decided to cover the news. products and video games. She assumes a girly and very general public side. Since then, she has multiplied the themes, ranging from travel to cooking and has the chance to participate in all the major events organized by the brands.
2) Heliox: the ingenious
This Frenchwoman has 242,000 subscribers and has been working without rhinestones or glitter on YouTube since 2017. She is a self-taught expert in 3D printing, electronics and DIY. From her lab, she tests products, gives advice and gives tutorials on objects that she creates. We especially recommend his video to make a printed circuit at home. Heliox illustrated itself during confinement by launching a platform to connect makers and caregivers, in order to provide free protective equipment.
3) The Sunday developer: engaged
A developer and game designer, this French YouTuber first worked in the studio before going freelance. In 2017, she decided to keep a sort of video diary. The idea was to share the different stages of creating a video game Propaganda. She has since taken a hiatus to launch a more modest game dubbed Puppy Cross. And has declined themed series on games like “Why it’s cool.” She also launched a Podcast called “Tell me your playful video”. Finally, she also intervened in a TEDx conference to explain her journey as a woman in video games and explain that “Anyone Can Create Video Games”.
4) Naomie Wu: the radical
This English-speaking Chinese from Shenzhen introduces herself as “Sexy Cyborg”. It is resolutely committed to a transhumanist approach transformation of her body that she willingly stages in provocative outfits. She also campaigns for technical autonomy for women and the development of the community of makers in China. She doesn’t hesitate to criticize Rasperry Pi or the Maker Faire event for their lack of diversity. She feeds her channel with tutorials based on open source material but also develops cyperpunk clothing and accessories and works as a developer under a male pseudonym.
5) TechMeOut: the anonymous
TechMeOut protects their identity and privacy. We do not know his name if his background. But it has a loyal community in the United States with more than 218,000 subscribers. No question of going into the details of the technical specifications, his credo is to adopt “The point of view of an everyday consumer”. She goes through unboxing, testing and selecting mobile applications starting from her own use of technologies.
6) CharliMarieTV: the web designer
CharliMarliTV is a wealth of information for web designers. This half-British, half-New Zealand designer lives in Valence. She reports on the different stages of these freelance projects but also gives advice on using professional graphic designer tools or on his creative process. She does not hesitate to take stock of the market wages or the music she listens to while working.
7) Jen Foxbot: the scientist
Sharing scientific experiences or popularizing mathematical, computer, electronic, chemical or physical notions is the goal of Jen Foxbot’s channel. She doesn’t bother with the technical quality or the directing, sometimes just posted in front of a teacher’s blackboard. His dog often bursts into the background. It’s rough, but fresh and educational.
8) Simone Giertz: the most eccentric
This Swede from San Francisco likes to invent crazy concepts and realize them. She is particularly good at developing everyday robots capable of manicuring her nails or serving her a beer. She baptized herself “Queen of the crap robots”. Fairly publicized in the United States, she regularly participates in television shows. She has a total of 2.25 million fans. Not bad for an autodidact. She did not hesitate to relate the various ordeals of her brain cancer for which she is still being treated.
9) Mayuko: the coder
A software engineer from San Diego who worked for Netflix, Mayuko has a fan base of more than 300,000 Internet users. She recounts the ups and downs of her professional life in Tech, without hesitating to share her moods and her slackness.
10) Erica Griffin: the nerd
With 874,000 subscribers, Erica Griffin is a tech heavyweight on the video sharing site. With a scientific background, she entered the niche in 2012. She focuses on products and gives her opinion on new smartphones, laptops, consoles, tablets, connected watches, robots and accessories. She also does DIY, for example assembling her own Nintendo Switch. She presents herself as a nerd. She’s one of the top consumer hardware experts on YouTube, anyway.
Also find our interview series on these women who make tech. The first two issues focus on Heliox and Maëliza Seymour.