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Sandra Jean V. Chua (Sacha)
Technology evangelist
[email protected]

I make technology human.

With a deep technical background and strong communication and interpersonal skills, I can connect with both technical and non-technical people. I love showing how technology fits into people's lives and how people can make the most of products and services. I love connecting with people, and I enjoy writing and public speaking as much as I enjoy coding.

For testimonials, please check . I would be happy to introduce you to anyone in my network if you want to find out more.


Fellow (2006-)
IBM Toronto Center for Advanced Studies
Helped people connect and collaborate through Enterprise 2.0 tools
Prototyped a people-oriented search engine to support social networking
Promoted Enterprise 2.0 tools through presentations, examples, collected best practices, intranet articles, blog posts, and other media
Regularly on the list of most-read bloggers within IBM
Teaching assistant (2005-2006)
University of Toronto
Helped students gain an appreciation of advanced uses of spreadsheets and data mining tools.
Assistant instructor (2003-2004)
Ateneo de Manila University
Helped students learn and appreciate computer science through courses on introductory computer science, data structures and algorithms, operating systems, software engineering, and problem solving in computer science.
Developed new course material quickly adopted by other teachers.
Presented new ways of teaching to a national conference for IT educators and to local user groups.
Teaching assistant (2001-2003)
Ateneo de Manila University
Helped students gain a better appreciation for introductory computer science. Substituted for teachers successfully despite short notice because of passion for and knowledge of the subject.
Open source developer (1998-present)
  • Maintainer, Remember note-taking solution for Emacs (2003-2005)
  • Creator, Eyes-free wearable computing mode for Emacs (2002-2003)
  • Maintainer, Planner personal information manager for Emacs (2002-2005)
  • Maintainer, Emacs-wiki hypertext markup module for Emacs (2002-2005)
  • Channel operator, #emacs on (2002-)
  • Channel operator, #emacs on (2001-2004)
  • Contributor, Emacs Relay Chat (1999)
  • Contributor, Compaq iPaq bootloader for Linux (1998)
Demonstrated technical skill with both low-level C programming (bootloader) and high-level Emacs LISP
Collaborated with a diverse community of developers.
For maintained projects, established mailing lists that grew to 200 passionate users and developers who frequently shared their configurations, tips, and productivity techniques with each other.
Spoke about eyes-free wearable computing at numerous conferences. Appeared on television and in print media.
Spoke about open source at numerous conferences


M.A.Sc. Candidate: Human-Computer Interaction (2005-present)
University of Toronto, Canada

Technical Intern (2004-2005)
Association of Overseas Technical Scholarship, Japan

B.S. Computer Science (1999-2003)
Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines
Appeared in national newspapers and television shows because of research into wearable and assistive computing, participation in programming competitions, and performance on certification exams

Talks and Seminars

  • "Web 2.0", DigitalFilipino, Jan 5 2007
  • "Mashups", IBM Hack Day 2, Dec 11 2006
  • "Livin' la Vida Emacs", DemoCamp10, Oct 23 2006
  • "Enterprise 2.0 (panel)", CASCON 2006, Oct 19 2006
  • "Visualizing social software adoption in the enterprise", CASCON 2006, Oct 17 2006
  • "Hack Night", CASCON 2006, Oct 17 2006
  • "Networking for Introverts", BarCampEarthToronto
  • "Dealing with Information Overload", BarCampEarthToronto
  • "Best Practices for Tagging (panel)", IBM Social Tagging Summit, 2006
  • "Enterprise 2.0", BarCamp May 2006
  • "Taking the Terror out of Talk", Toast I.T. Open House, Oct 10 2006
  • "Social bookmarking and social networking", part of the "Latest Popular Technologies" Workshop at IBM Centers for Advanced Studies Conference (Toronto), Oct 17-20 2005
  • "The power of procrastination", Toastmasters Humorously Speaking Contest (2nd place, Area), Oct 13 2005
  • "Knoppix: A Gentle Introduction to Linux", 1st Open Source Conference (Cebu), Mar 14-15 2005
  • "Lessons from Japan", Asia Pacific College, Mar 12 2005
  • "Taming the TODO", Tokyo Linux Users Group Technical Meeting, Nov 13 2004
  • "Knoppix: A gentle introduction to Linux", Philippine Open Source Conference, Aug 17 2004
  • "Linux!", Quezon City I.T. Conference, Aug 1 2004
  • "Objects-first Java with BlueJ," Pinoy Java Users Group meeting, May 2004
  • "Wearable computing," 1st Youth Conference on IT, Jan 2004
  • "Computer science," Ateneo High School, Jan 2004
  • "Perl scripting fundamentals," Fujitsu Philippines, Dec 2003
  • "Linux in the academe," Bluepoint Road Tour, Dec 2003
  • "Introduction to Linux," Ateneo de Manila University, Dec 2003
  • "Alternative teaching methods for introductory computer science education," National Conference on IT Education, 2003
  • "Wearable computing," SynchronicITy in Manila, Oct 2003
  • "Wearable computing," Philippine Society of IT Educators Monthly Meeting, July 2003
  • "," Asia Pacific College, July 2003
  • "The best things in life are free," Mapua IT Awareness Week (Web Technologies), Mapua IT Center, June 2003
  • "Open source and Linux," Ateneo IT Forum, Ateneo de Manila University, March 2003
  • "Open source in education," University of the Philippines, Feb 2003
  • "Embedded systems design from a developer's point of view," One Embedded Morning, Advanced Science and Technology Institute, Jan 2003
  • "Who says girls can't do tech?," Linux Day, St. Paul's College 2001
  • "Java and Linux," Linux10 Philippines, 2001
  • "Linux in my pocket (Linux on handheld devices)," Linux10 Philippines, 2001


  • Toast I.T. Toastmasters (VP of Education, 2006-, Secretary/Treasurer: 2005-2006)
  • Toastmasters International (2005-)
  • Tokyo Linux Users Group (2004-2005)
  • Japan IT Standards Examination Society (2002-)
  • Philippine Linux Users' Group (Member: 1999-2004, Vice president: 2002-2003)
  • Association of Computing Machinery (Student member: 2000-2004)
  • Computer Society of Ateneo (Moderator: 2003-2004, Head of research and academics: 2001-2002, Developer: 2000-02)
  • Ateneo Cervini-Eliazo Network Team (Chair: 2002-03, Developer: 2000-01)
  • Embedded Systems Division, Advanced Science and Technology Institute (Student assistant: 2002)
  • Ateneo Web Team (Developer: 2000)
  • Philippine Java Users Group (Head of education: 2000, Member: 2000-2001)

Awards and Distinctions

  • Competent Toastmaster (CTM), 2006
  • Toastmasters Humorously Speaking Contest (2nd Place, Area-level: 2005)
  • Delta Kappa Gamma Worldwide Fellowship (2006-)
  • IT Training, Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (Individual; Awardee: 2005)
  • BPI Science Awards (Individual; Awardee: 2003)
  • Japan IT Standards Examination, Philippines (Individual; 1st Place: 2002, 10th Place: 2001)
  • Microsoft Worldwide .NET Best (Team; Best Academic Solution and USD 125,000: 2002)
  • ACM Intercollegiate Programming Contest Regionals (Team; 7th Place: Manila 2002, 12th Place: Singapore 2000)
  • Microsoft Asia Student .NET (Team; Korea: Most Creative: 2002, Team, Philippines: 1st Place: 2002)
  • Trend Internet Software Contest Philippines (Team; 1st Place and PHP 1,000,000: 2001)
  • HP TechQuiz Regionals (Team; 1st place and USD 8,000: Singapore 2000)
  • International Software Competition (Team; 3rd place: Australia 1999, 2nd place: India 1998)
  • Battle of the Champions (Individual; 1st: 1999, 3rd: 1998)
  • Battle of the Brains (Team; 1st: 2001, 2000)
  • National Programming Competition (Team; 1st: 1998, 1997, 2nd: 1996)
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