Julie got her first passport in college. Postgraduate, she now lives between London and Boulder, Colorado and has an undergraduate curriculum of over 40 countries, most of which she visited by the generosity of grants and scholarships. By the time she graduated, she had accumulated 150,000 frequent flyer miles to propel her around the globe and give her a sampling of different countries all on her own.
Julie is truly a pioneer when it comes to how to travel abroad for free. Now, her travels have inspired her to speak out about safety as a solo traveler – particularly as a female solo traveler – and design her app, pingWHEN, which uses your phone’s GPS to check in with a friend or loved one back home each time you leave for or arrive home from a trip, a night time run, or even a party downtown. If you don’t arrive when you said you would, pingWHEN alerts your contact know that you haven’t so they can check to see if you’re safe.
Julie Markham is passionate about using technology for social impact and is on a hell bent mission to empower women. From her travels to more than 40 countries, she was concerned about her safety which led her to create pingWHEN – a personal safety app. In between travels, she has worked with a tech company on environmental responsibility and a microcredit program in Rwanda. She has served as the Director of Special Ops with Unreasonable Group which has led to projects including sailing across 13 countries Unreasonable@Sea, and helping to push entrepreneurs impacting millions of girls in poverty through the Girl Effect Accelerator. Julie believes in continually learning and has a strong intellectual curiosity as demonstrated by the fact that she was a Fulbright Scholar and holds three master’s degrees. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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