Alexandra Bowen is Head of Social and Community Engagement for OutSystems. She has worked as a Community Manager, Moderator and Developer Evangelist in the tech industry her entire career. In her day to day life, Alex helps companies embrace community as their core business driver and advocates for the needs, and excellence, of her developer communities.
Her passion is to combine her knowledge (and degree) in City Planning (community development) and her experience in the tech industry to work on projects for smart and sustainable cities. Her current backdrop for such adventures is in New York City. Her website is https://aabowen.github.io/ and you can read what’s hot off the press on her blog.
Who I am: I was raised in the mountains and on the sandy beaches in Kailua on Oahu, Hawaii. My husband Chris is from the UK and I have two cats - Milly & Vinny. I am hoping to get a dog soon! I am a techy, green roof, video game (especially zombies, and VR)?, minimalism, beer/wine, adrenaline and good food junkie. Community is my passion. It's why I wake up in the morning and what I love to do. I sweat the small stuff because it often adds up to the big stuff. I have an Environmental and Urban Design (community planning) degree from CU Boulder. I first fell in love with Community during my formal training as a Urban Planner/Designer.
My most EPIC adventure: Sailing around the Hawaiian Islands, winning a state ice hockey title, swimming with sharks (cage free), scuba diving, growing a ripe tomato, and ice climbing in Alaska and Ouray, CO.
What people don't usually know about me: I broke both of my arms - at the same time jumping off of a swing as a kid. I went a whole year without buying new clothes (or shoes, or having new haircuts). I am an ice hockey goalie. I speak, read, and write Japanese.