Hi, I'm Pauline.

People also call me Powerhouseopens in new window .
Thisopens in new window is what I've been up to recently.

To summarise, I am a...

šŸ­ Senior Community Engineer at Gitpod

Iā€™m a proud Gitpodder! šŸŠ I currently lead community engagement and development, part of DCS (Developer & Community Success) team! Curious about how I got here? You can read more about why I joined Gitpod on my blog. opens in new window

Shifting my focus on to tooling and developer experience, I also author DevX Digest - the newsletter about developer experience. opens in new window

Gitpod opens in new window is an open source platform for automated and ready-to-code development environments, enabling developers to describe their dev environment as code and start instant and fresh development environments for each new task directly from a browser. Join our community! opens in new window

šŸ’» Enthusiastic Techie

I began learning to code for fun when I was 8 years old. I formed a hobby of building websites opens in new window which carries on to this day - continuing to bring my ideas to life by playing around with pixels on the internet.

Taking my love for technology and learning further, I took to the Clouds and became AWS Certified as a Cloud Practitioner opens in new window (November 2019) and Solutions Architect Associate opens in new window (December 2020)

Recently, I've dipped my toes into Kubernetes and the Cloud Native Ecosystem. In December 2021, I cleared the KCNA certificate. opens in new window

Previous Tech Experience

Technologies I'm familiar with

  • HTML
  • Javascript
  • jQuery
  • React
  • Tailwind
  • Nextjs
  • Python
  • git
  • Wordpress
  • AWS
  • Lambda
  • Terraform
  • Packer
  • Linux
  • Kubernetes
  • Chef
  • Docker

Projects & Features

Technical Content

šŸ›  Community Builder

Community is everything. I've been involved in several different communities over the years, where my goal as a leader or contributor is to cultivate a safe space for others to connect and learn from each other.

Community Work


Key Contributions

  • March 2016: Introducing CFG students to the hackathon opens in new window scene and the wider Women in Tech community.
  • Feb 2017: Collaboration with HackSheffield opens in new window to take over 20 CFG students opens in new window to the InspireWIT conference.
  • April 2018: Efforts in organising #HackMed18 saw an increase in attendance of women (47%) and students from different backgrounds including Humanities, Finance and Arts.
  • March 2019: For International Women's Day, I organised an event at the BT office in Leeds with local Yorkshire speakers in the tech community which was shared and highlighted by BT Consumer's CEO, Marc Allera. opens in new window
  • April 2021: On launch day of Ladies in DevOps, we had 150 community members join organically through social media platforms. We now have a growing community of over 500+ members and some exciting partnerships and sponsorships to help women advance in their careers!

šŸ“ Creator

13 years ago, I started writing on the web opens in new window.

My blog opens in new window has evolved over time, I now write about reflections of my experiences for both my self development journey as well as daily adventures in life.

Examples of the topics I cover include monthly reflections opens in new window, equality in STEM opens in new window, well-being opens in new window, and building your online presence. opens in new window I regularly collaborate with different brands, people and companies. opens in new window A full list of topics can be found here. opens in new window

I also post videos on YouTube opens in new window , create podcasts opens in new window, and have worked with different people on communicating messages across to my global auidence. For example, I built Inspiring Figures opens in new window to share inspirational figures' stories from around the world.

Creating content has developed my skills and knowledge in:

  • Communication
  • Production
  • Influencing
  • Google Analytics
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Video Editing
  • Social media
  • SEO
  • Podcast creation
  • Blogging


Key Achievements

  • Improved engagement from building a strong online presence
  • Over 2,500+ podcast downloads on my podcast,"a podcast by Pawlean" opens in new window
  • Being a positive brand ambassador for sponsored content with successful referrals
  • Advocating the power of blogging and social media on the radio, conferences and events, inspiring others to create
  • Overwhelming support on social media - as shown on BuyMeACoffee opens in new window

šŸŽ¤ International Speaker

I started public speaking at events in 2017, my goal with every talk that I do is to inspire and educate.

šŸ† Recognition

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šŸ‘‹šŸ¼ Features

āš”ļø Let's collaborate!

I'm always looking to expand my network and connect with like-minded people. Get in touch!

Want to collaborate? Let's connect! opens in new window

Interested in working together? Here's a copy of my CV! opens in new window