Dora Palfi

Helping Girls Shape the Future Through Coding

Building confidence and leadership in young girls through technology -- helping them shape their future.

Meet Dora Palfi, co-founder of imagiLabs and co-creator of the imagiCharm. Born in Hungary, currently ranked among the worst countries for gender equality in Europe, Palfi was told early on to focus her superior math and science prowess on a career in medicine.

But Palfi had already been bitten by the digital bug — and the leadership bug. Having been selected as a Youth Leader by Washington DC’s Meridian International Center, she headed to NYU Abu Dhabi to earn her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and computer science. While earning this degree, Palfi conducted neurophysiology research at the Hungarian Academy of Science, served as an undergraduate researcher at NYU’s Centre of Neural Science, and co-founded weSTEM, a student club providing mentoring and resources for women in STEM fields.

She did all this by the age of 22.

But Palfi wasn’t done. The summer before earning her master’s in Human Computer Interaction at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology, she interned as a technology analyst at Morgan Stanley in Budapest and studied at the exclusive EIT Digital Master School.

The jaw-dropping academic accolades and leadership experiences go on. But what’s most striking about Dora Palfi is her open enthusiasm for promoting gender diversity in computer science and digital programming careers and entrepreneurship.

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