Florencia Herra-Vega is an generalist developer who loves trying to break down and explain complex technical problems. As CTO and co-founder of Peerio, she wrangles distributed systems, distributed teams, and trying to make end-to-end encryption usable to humans. She is also VP Conference for NorthSec, one of Canada’s biggest applied security events. In both of these positions, she mostly tries to get people smarter than her to do the things they love.
In addition to her career wrangling computers, she has also spent the past decade running popular education programs on topics ranging from sexual health to programming. She likes to take a harm reduction approach to digital security (and to most other things, too).
Florencia was born in Costa Rica and lives in Montreal. When not in front of a computer, she enjoys cooking intricate meals, the writing of Octavia Butler and Ursula K. LeGuin, playing board games, and lifting heavy objects.