Tech 'n Savvy

Tech 'n Savvy

Welcome to Tech 'n Savvy! April is a software engineer, and Emily is a quantum computing and cryptography consultant. Listen in as we explore topics in technology and global issues important to us.


June 9, 2022 52 mins

April and Emily discuss FinTech with Sherry Ruan, an Application Developer in the proprietary trading industry for over 7 years.  They talk about getting a career in FinTech, innovation, emerging technologies, ethical dilemmas, their experiences and more.

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It's the battle of the software development methodologies! Emily and April dive into different methodologies like Waterfall, Agile, Scrum, and XP. They discuss each methodology and its pros and cons. Then the duo get into their experiences and discuss their preferred ways to work.

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March 10, 2022 52 mins

In this episode April and Emily are joined by their friend AC Hardy, a software content analyst and recent Chicago transplant, to discuss remote work. The trio will discusses their experiences with remote work, embarrassing zoom stories, their remote work tips, and more.  

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It's season 3 and April and Emily get into the second part of quantum computing! Emily leads the discussion as they talk about the various different quantum software and libraries and dive into the modern applications of quantum computing.


  • Quantum Computing: A Gentle Introduction by Eleanor Rieffel and Wolfgang Polak
  • Quantum Computation and Quantum Information - Isaac Chuang and Michael Nielsen
  • IBM Quantum...
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In part 1 of the season finale, Emily talks about her two favorite subjects: quantum computing and cats. April and Emily discuss the basics of quantum computing, the challenges facing this field, and different quantum hardware. We explain topics like Schrodinger's Cat, superposition, entanglement, decoherence, NISQ, annealing. 


Quantum Computation and Quantum Information by Isaac Chuang and Michael Nielsen


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November 18, 2021 49 mins

April and Emily explain computer hardware, operating systems, and tips for building your own personal computer. April leads the discussion answering questions like: How do you build a computer? What are the components that make up these machines we use every day? What's the difference between HDD and SSD? 


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Emily and April talk with special guest Erin Bailey. They discuss building a security education framework for developers. Learn about how to create specific training based on your company’s tech stack and identify key vulnerabilities.

These resources below will give you hands-on training on all sorts of different kinds of vulnerabilities! The more you learn about them, the more capable you are of preventing them.

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In this episode, April and Emily talk about their experiences as perfectionists dealing with imposter syndrome. They describe the different types of perfectionism and imposter syndrome, discuss how these concepts relate, give their tips, and bust some myths. 

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April and Emily take a deep dive into learning about databases and SQL. They speak with Daniel Yoon, a Senior Data Reporting Analyst at Innovista Health Solutions. The trio discusses what databases and SQL are, their use cases, dispel some myths and talk about careers in data. 

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David C. Williams, Director of RPA/Emerging Tech at AT&T, discusses Robotic Process Automation (RPA). We cover bots, low/no-code solutions, and the future of RPA and Artificial Intelligence. David gives tips for companies, teams, and individuals pursuing RPA. Learn how to get started with RPA and use it to improve your life. 

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September 9, 2021 42 mins

April and Emily discuss what is cyber safety, their personal tips, news, and some myths. Emily gets her math on debunking random character vs passphrase passwords and April talks about how the pandemic impacted cyber safety. 

CSNP Cyber Safety:
Random Word Generator:
Cyber Safety News: htt...

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It's the season finale! In this episode, April and Emily talk with Andrew Carr, a community organizer in the Northside of Chicago who also happens to code. They discuss their experiences in tech, solidarity, and how we can reimagine the workplace to be better for all tech workers. 

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April and Emily interview Annie Innes-Gold. Annie is a Marine Biology Ph.D. student at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa & the Hawai’i Institute of Marine Biology where she studies the ecology of coral reefs and their fish populations. They discuss biological modeling and how it contributes to sustainability efforts. The trio also discusses innovations in sustainable tech, barriers to sustainability, and how you can use your v...

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April and Emily interview Ty Cooper, a cryptocurrency expert and enthusiast. The trio discusses blockchain, what cryptocurrency is, how to invest in it, and more!

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April and Emily interview Abdel Sy Fane, a security manager with over 10 years of experience. They discuss how Abdel got into tech,  DevSecOps, personal cybersecurity tips, and more!

00:00 Intro + How Abdel got into tech and DevSecOps
10:29 What is CSNP?
13:11 Personal Cybersecurity Tips
20:39 DevSecOps Overview
41:33 A Day in the life of a DevSecOps engineer
49:09 CyberSecurity and DevSecOps career adv...

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January 26, 2021 34 mins

April and Emily break down what APIs are, best practices, and how they are relevant to society today.

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December 17, 2020 38 mins

In the first episode of Tech & Savvy, Emily and April talk about the evolution of encryption, from the Caesar cipher, to the current AES (Advanced Encryption Standard), to a glimpse into modern quantum-secure algorithms. 

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