“I always loved board games, and I always loved computer programming, but I didn’t like the fact that I had to do both of them separately, so I thought if I can’t bring board game onto a computer coding screen, so why not bring the computer coding to a board game. And that’s when I got the idea to create a coding board game, and that’s what I’m doing today.”
“I think the most interesting story that’s happened since I started my company was when I was doing a workshop, and the day before I looked at the sign-up sheet to see how many people signed up, and I saw two sign-up sheets were filled instead of 1. And so I told my dad, and he contacted the librarian, and it turned out they accidentally put up 2 sign up sheets instead of one, and so the next day, so many people came that we couldn’t accommodate all of them and we had to pair kids up, and some didn’t get to play. But in the end, it was all great, and everyone had a fun time!”
Samaira has conducted over 60 workshops attended by about 2,000 kids so far.
Within a year, 1,000 boxes of her game, worth $35,000 have been sold.
But the most memorable moment came when she met Google’s Chief Culture Officer, Stacy Sullivan, after conducting a workshop for the tech giant.
“After my back-to-back workshops at Google headquarters, we talked for an hour. She told me I was doing great and once I get out of college, I can come work for Google,” Samaira told Business Insider.
But, the free-spirited Samaira turned down the open offer as she felt she’s happy being an entrepreneur!
The technology industry is struggling with the diversity issues from a long time. Though more and more women are trying to break the glass ceiling, inspiring stories like Samaira makes us hopeful about the future.
We wish Samaira all the best for her future endeavors!