Past Meetup

"The Rise of Emoji" by Alolita Sharma for Women In Tech

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Groupon Palo Alto

220 Portage Avenue · Palo Alto, CA

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Please note: Entrance is on the back side of the building (see map below)

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In celebration of International Women's Day, we are honored to host Alolita Sharma as our guest speaker to share insights on women in tech/leadership.

Alolita will be sharing input on how Emoji is taking over the Web. Emoji is helping users express their feelings on social media, election campaigns, restaurant reviews, advertising and much more. Understanding Emoji can provide platforms with deeper insight into their users. We will look at how services like Facebook, Twitter, Yelp and Google are leveraging Emoji to understand user sentiment.

About the Speaker

Alolita is a board director of the Unicode Consortium which serves a vital role in language standardization and in bridging the digital divide. Alolita is also senior manager for internationalization and localization engineering at Twitter. She leads development of tools and infrastructure for globalizing Twitter’s products and content.

Previously, she built the language and features engineering teams at Wikipedia supporting more than 300 languages for Wikipedia on web and mobile. Alolita contributes actively on open source language technology projects, global language content communities as well as i18n standardization. She holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Computer Science and is passionate about mentoring women in science and engineering.


5:45 PM - Networking/Food

6:15 PM - Women in Tech/Leadership - Alolita Sharma

7:00 PM - QA/Networking

8:00 PM - Events End


Entrance is where the highlighted "G" is located.

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San Jose : Directions (,+CA/220+Portage+Avenue,+Palo+Alto,+CA/@37.3811395,-122.0916503,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x808fcae48af93ff5:0xb99d8c0aca9f717b!2m2!1d-121.8863286!2d37.3382082!1m5!1m1!1s0x808fbaf3d1cf73fb:0x1a51eeaff4d6554a!2m2!1d-122.1361428!2d37.4240927!3e0)

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