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Lilly Ryan


After spending some time researching the surveillance systems of medieval Europe, I made the next logical career step and became a software engineer.

I am a fan of asking left-field questions, bringing play into work, and sinking my teeth into a good programming problem. One of my key passions is advocating for digital privacy.

Through my experiences in software I have travelled the world to talk about historical hacking, "killer apps" that actually kill, how you solve a problem like passwords, and tech teamwork in the age of the telegraph.

The Interview

My geeky passion is

Dungeons and Dragons.

The most interesting thing I've learned on the job is

how easily we make assumptions, and how varied perspectives can be between any two people. Working closely with people from all over the world means that identifying our unspoken thoughts is crucial before we start building.

With ThoughtWorks, I've visited

almost every Australian capital city; India; the United States; and Europe.

The best advice I can give a current or future ThoughtWorker is

keep asking questions. Be curious. Seek and you shall find.