{Hi, I'm Holly!}

I am a passionate developer with a keen interest in the latest technologies. With experience working on multiple robust globally released products, I strive to create impact on others lives to be more creative, productive, and fun.

Along with my development work, I actively support diversity and inclusion in the technology industry through various community events and organizations.


Software Engineer II | Cortana
Microsoft - London, England


Software Engineer | Cortana
Microsoft - London, England


VP of the Computing Society
University of Surrey - Guildford, England


Software Engineering Intern | Xbox
Microsoft - Redmond, USA


Software Engineering Intern | Paint 3D
Microsoft - London, England


International Student Ambassador
University of Surrey - Guildford, England


Computer Science Applicant Day Presenter
University of Surrey - Guildford, England


Computer Science Lab Demonstrator
University of Surrey - Guildford, England


A University of Surrey Graduate

I earned a first-class BSc(Hons) degree in Computing and Information technology where I learnt primarily computer science topics supplemented with business management, finance, and entrepreneurship modules. I was honored to be awarded the "IBM Prize for Best Final Year Performance".

As a part of my studies, I completed an industrial placement year at Microsoft as a software engineer working on Paint 3D in London. This led to the opportunity to work on the Xbox team at Microsoft's HQ in Redmond, WA for a period of three months. I was incredibly fortunate to work on both of these teams from whom I learnt so much.

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Press & Interviews

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What can you do to futureproof your career? | Feb 2020

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Secrets and skills: Behind the scenes with Microsoft UK graduates | Nov 2019

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3 women from Code First: Girls 25 'ones to watch' list share their tips for tech success | May 2019

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Surrey Stories - Holly's Story | Sept 2019

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I'm a Microsoft Software Engineer - I've worked on Xbox, Paint 3D and now Cortana: AMA | Oct 2020

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Find Your Selling Point: How Holly Boothroyd Found Her Niche In Software Engineering | June 2020

Radio & Podcasts

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An audience with Melinda Gates: Empowerment, careers, and society | July 2019

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TechTalks featured podcast with Holly Boothroyd, HerHelloWorld Founder | Apr 2020

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Inspiring Women to Join STEM with Holly Boothroyd | Aug 2020

In The Community

Through creating events, public speaking, leading community groups, & advocating for women in STEM, I strive to support the growth of my peers and related institutions. My motivation is to empower others to achieve success & fulfillment whether it be fellow employees, students, or future technologists.

My efforts focus on career development opportunities, mentorship, and industrial engagement.

Recent roles:

  • Professional Development Women @ Microsoft Board Member
  • Student to STEMette Mentor
  • Microsoft DigiGirlz London TechFair Organizer

TechHer speaking
Spoke about Imposter Syndrome at Microsoft's TechHer Conference | 2019
Melinda Gates group
Invited guest at the BBC Radio 5 Live Melinda Gates interview | 2019
Student to STEMettes graduation
Mentor in the Student to STEMettes mentorship program | 2019
Microsoft mentee and I
Mentor to Microsoft early-in-career employees | 2019-20
STEM panel group
Organized a Women in STEM panel for as CompSoc VP for the ThisGirlCan Campaign | 2018
Athena hackathon talk
Spoke on a Tech for Good panel and judged projects at the Athena Hackathon | 2019
Fab 5 STEMettes in front of Grace Hopper Conference sign
STEMettes Ambassador on the Grace Hopper Conference trip | 2019
Me speaking at the SheSays panel
Panelist on the SheSay's Myths and Opportunities of Tech Panel | 2020
DigiGirlz technical showcase
Organize Paint 3D, HoloLens, & SwiftKey TechFairs for London DigiGirlz Days | 2019
Unite 2030 group
Worked with global teammates to win the UNITE2030 Hack for the Planet Hackathon! | 2018
Computing society group photo
Ran social and career events, & fundraised for as CompSoc VP | 2017-18
ScratchJr in preschool
Introduced coding (ScratchJr) curriculum into a montessori preschool | 2016
Course representative prize
Was a four year Computing course rep and recieved the Gold Course Rep award | 2019
DigiGirlz Judge
Judged accessible tech hackathon projects at the London DigiGirlz Day | 2019
TechPathways speaking event
Presented a Women in Tech talk to students at a Microsoft TechPathways event | 2019
DigiGirlz group
DigiGirlz volunteer at Microsoft HQ with Cindy Rose, CEO of Microsoft UK | 2018



DigiGirlz Day Keynote Speaker |
Microsoft DigiGirlz


Digital Skills for EIC Panel |
Microsoft Digital Skills Week


Transitioning into Tech Panel Moderator + Organizer |
Women @ Microsoft ERG



Computing Open Day Placement Talks |
University of Surrey

December - June

Studying Abroad in the UK Talk |
Issaquah High School


Watch Recordings


I founded HerHelloWorld in 2018 to mentor new technologists, create an inclusive tech-centered community, and share the dynamic nature of the tech industry in the aim of helping build a more representative industry. HerHelloWorld is where I answer early-in-career questions, review books, discuss changes in technology, share events that I attend or speak at, and address barriers for women entering STEM.

My message: Women can thrive in STEM.


  • Women in Channel Rising Star Award |
  • TechWomen100 Award Winner |
  • Code First: Girls One to Watch |
  • Future Stars of Tech Developer Award Shortlist |
  • Winner of the UNITE2030: Hack for the Planet Hackathon |
  • IBM Prize for Best Final Year Performance |
  • IBM Prize for Excellent Placement Year Performance |
  • BCS High Performing Graduate Professional Membership Award |
  • Computing Society Gold STAR Award |
  • Gold Course Representative Award |
  • Best Placement Student of the Year for the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science |
  • Winner of the Internet of Things Module Programming Competition |
  • Member of the Students to STEMettes Programme |
    2016 -2017
  • The Sheppard Memorial Prize |
  • University of Surrey's Advanced Ballet Team |
  • Member of the Surrey’s Top Achievers Recognized and Supported Scheme |
  • National Honor Society Member |
  • Dance Team Scholar Athlete |
  • Senior Service Award |
  • American Association of University Women Technology Award |

Reach Out!

I am always looking to meet and talk to new likeminded people. If you think we can work together or just want to talk, please get in touch!

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