Navigating the Tech Labyrinth: A Non-Technical Explorer’s Journey

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In the vast realm of technology, I find myself as an intrepid wanderer—a non-technical soul navigating a landscape dominated by acronyms, code, and complicated innovations. My journey began in marketing, that developed along the way into a genuine interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) and all things tech. Armed with a very basic understanding, I embarked on a quest to unravel the mysteries of this digital universe, and this is what I have found over the last decade.

The Tech Snobbery Conundrum

Bridging the Gap

As a non-technical person in the tech field, I’ve encountered my fair share of raised eyebrows and condescending nods. The tech snobbery is real, my friends. It’s that subtle eye-roll when you ask about APIs or the dismissive wave when you mention microservices. But fear not. With every sigh, and dismissive comment, there are people out there who can help you, and they are good at taking something technical and making it understandable:

  1. Translation Magic: Imagine tech jargon as a foreign language. Content creators are getting better at translating this into everyday speech. When discussing IoT, I avoid complicated language and stick to what people find relatable. I focus on outcomes: “Imagine your coffee maker talking to your alarm clock—IoT makes it happen!”
  2. Contextual Relevance: Every tech tidbit must pass the “So what?” test. How does it impact our lives? When explaining blockchain, I skip the intricacies and emphasise trust, transparency, and secure transactions.
  3. The Art of Analogies: Analogies are a secret weapon when describing something complicated. When discussing cloud computing, I liken it to renting storage space—you don’t need to build your garage; just pay for the parking spot.

Learning from the Tech Titans

Online Resources: Our Digital Sherpas

The internet is our treasure trove. From YouTube tutorials to MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), we have a plethora of resources. Coursera, edX, and Khan Academy are our digital Sherpas, guiding us up the tech mountain. And let’s not forget Stack Overflow—the oracle where developers seek wisdom and sanity, and of course, Talking IoT who have a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips.

The Benevolent Tech Wizards

Technical experts, those mythical beings, are our mentors. Their patience and encouragement have fuelled my learning. It is about finding like-minded individuals who are happy to share and not scoff at your blossoming interest in an area where they are subject matter experts. Getting involved in online communities, networking and social media can help get you connected to the right people.

The Gender and Socioeconomic Divide

The Invisible Walls

But let’s address the elephant in the server room: the technological disparity. It’s not just about gender; it’s about access. Women and marginalised communities face invisible walls. The gender gap persists—fewer women in STEM, fewer female tech leaders. Socioeconomic backgrounds play a role too. Not everyone has a MacBook Pro or a fiber-optic connection.

The Urgent Call

If we ignore this divide, it will widen. We need inclusive tech education, scholarships, and mentorship programs. Let’s dismantle the barriers. Imagine a world where coding boot camps reach rural villages, and girls code alongside boys. It’s not charity; it’s progress.

As a non-technical person, I’ve learned that tech isn’t just about lines of code; it’s about people. Let’s embrace curiosity wherever it may lie, and break down snobbery and barriers to entry.


Authors Note: This article is dedicated to the unsung heroes—the tech enthusiasts who defy labels and keep the digital fires burning. Thank you to everyone who has helped me on my tech adventure so far.


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