About Me

I am a recovering film academic turned JavaScript developer and the current Tampa Bay City Organizer for Tech Ladies and co-organizer of Suncoast Developers Guild Jr, which provides free kids coding classes. I finished the front end engineering program at The Iron Yard in February 2017 and I am passionate about web accessibility, over analyzing movies, my cats, and bellydance.

Contact Details

Liz Tiller
elizabeth.tiller@gmail.com

Work

Mad Mobile

Javascript DeveloperJanuary 2018 - Present

I recently finished work on a React Native mobile ordering app using Redux (Reselect, Redux-Saga), GraphQL, Jenkins, and Expo for a Fortune 500 company. During this project, I was in charge of our daily builds and I worked closely with the lead developer and QA team to ensure continuous delivery of our product to our clients.

I also lead the development of the rebranded company website and the transition from a GatsbyJS and GraphCMS static site to a Wordpress site. On this project, I worked closely with the designers and VP of UX and Innovation to develop the site, transition the site to Wordpress, and trained them to continue their own work on the new site.

Suncoast Developers Guild

Part-Time InstructorMarch 2019 - Present

Instructor for the part-time Web Development Test Drive and React I: Building Interactive Websites courses. Class meets for 2 hours twice a week over the course of 6 weeks. These programs are developed for those curious about web development, and for experienced developers to skill up.

Freelance Developer

Fullstack DeveloperFebruary 2017 - Present

American Stage: Cleaned up and rebuilt parts of the CSS and PHP of their Wordpress site. Assisted with the relaunch on new servers.

Daniels Corporation

Fullstack DeveloperMarch 2017 - December 2017

Built and managed ecommerce sites for a select group of family owned companies. Worked on the migration of a Rails 3 site to Spree Ecommerce framework (built with Ruby on Rails) while maintaining a legacy Coldfusion site. I also managed the Ubuntu and Microsoft Servers, and worked closing with the marketing team to optimize our search engine results.

Conferences

DevFest Florida 2019 - Orlando

Talk: "Dispatches from React Native"January 19, 2019

"React Native is advertised as a framework for developing native apps with JavaScript. Roughly 90% of the time, my team is able to work strictly in JavaScript, with only occassional trips into native code. In particular, my team has found our Android build to require more care than its iOS counterpart. This talk will look at the ways in which we have learned, sometimes the hard way, how to develop a react native app for Android, as well as my experience as a JavaScript developer being thrust into the native world. In particular, I will discuss our use of the react native device detection package to work through our Android style audits and ways we have worked around react native's shortcomings."

Startup Week Tampa Bay 2019

Panel: "Inclusive Design and Development with Web Accessibility Panel"February 4, 2019

"The focus on improving web accessibility has indavertently shifted to avoiding lawsuits when, more importantly, on the other end of the screen is a user base that is being excluded. In this panel discussion, you'll hear from two front-end developers/accessibility advocates and two assistive technology users to hear how incorporating a focus on web accessibility can transform your users' experiences for the better."

Women in Data + Science Conference - Saint Leo University

Panel: "Get Your Code On"March 1, 2019

Organizing and participating in a panel about alternative opportunities to learn to code in the Tampa Bay Area.

Education

The Iron Yard

Certificate in Front-End EngineeringFebruary 2017

Front-End Engineering focuses on creating experiences in web browser that users see and interact with. The discipline covers a broad area, from web design principles to complex JavaScript applications that manage data. The tools used in front-end engineering are ubiquitous--no matter the technology used on the back end, front-enders are responsible for delivering the experience and data to the person using the web application.

University of Stirling

Master of Philosophy - Literature and LanguagesMay 2017

Thesis: By evaluating theories surrounding the female gaze, flanerie, and tourism, this thesis discusses the representation of female tourists in Paris and Tuscany. Specific films addressed in this thesis: Les Vampires ( Louis Feuillade 1915), Cleo 5 a 7 (Agnes Varda 1962), Funny Face (Stanley Donan 1957), Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen 2011), A Room with a View (James Ivory 1985), and Stealing Beauty (Bernardo Bertolucci 1996). Specific theorists addressed in this thesis: Charles Baudelaire, Walter Benjamin, Susan Bordo, Giulianna Bruno, Vanessa Schwartz, Mary Ann Doanne, Laura Mulvey, Ann Friedberg and Elizabeth Ezra and Dean MacCannell.

Supervisor: Dr Elizabeth Ezra

University of Glasgow

Master of Letters - European Cinema - with DistinctionMay 2009

Dissertation: Queering the Femme Fatale; looked at the role of transsexual femme fatales in the films of Pedro Almodovar from the 1980s to Bad Education (2004).

Modules in French Spanish, Czech and Polish cinema.

Pitzer College - Claremont Consortium

Bachelors in Media Studies (Film Production) and TheaterMay 2007

Senior Media Project: "She's Revamped" a rewriting of Robert Iscove's She's All That (1999) combining video and performance art with gender/sexuality theory and Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed.

Skills

  • React
  • React Native
  • Javascript
  • CSS/HTML5
  • PHP
  • Belly dance

Other skills include: Ruby, Rails, Coldfusion, SQL, Ubuntu and Microsoft servers, project management, instruction/education, curriculum planning, and basic photoshop skills.

Organizations I belong to:

logo for Suncoast Developers Guild Jr

Instructor and Organizer

Tech Ladies Logo and link

City Organizer

Tampa Bay Women's Tech Network

Organizer

Suncoast Developers Guild logo

Developer Avocado 🥑