Kate Heddleston

Kate is an engineering manager at Shift. She’s been using Python and Django since graduating college, where she studied Human Computer Interaction (yes, the fuzzy CS degree) for her MS at Stanford but did her undergrad degree in Communication (even fuzzier). She enjoys using open-source tools to build web applications, and especially likes building product features that interface with the user. As Kate started building side projects, she has been learning more about the world of open-source infrastructure tools that exist to make everyone’s lives easier. She believes that open-source technologies are the foundation of our modern tech-driven world and that automation is one of the core values that technology offers us. Thus, open-source automation tools are some of her favorite things in the world, just below puppies and just above shoe shopping.