Andrea Cannistra – Gooee

Describe your relevant work history, awards, and accomplishments in 300 words or less.

Andrea is a Product Designer for Gooee, located in St. Petersburg, Florida. She taught herself to code in her early teens and ended up at design school graduating from Ringling College of Art & Design with a degree in Graphic & Interactive Communications. After, she received her Masters degree from Savannah College of Art & Design with a degree in Motion Media Design. She spent 10 years as a designer and front end developer at several digital agencies in Sarasota, Florida before taking on her current role at Gooee. In 2014, she co-founded the Girl Develop It Tampa Bay Chapter where she was a chapter leader and instructor for 4 years teaching women in the community how to code and was on the task force for SRQ Hacks for two years, a hackathon in Sarasota for underserved middle and high school students.

What do you love about the Tampa Bay area?

The tech community in Tampa Bay has been growing fast over the last ten years and Andrea has been lucky enough to be a part of that and watch it explode. There are so many wonderful organizations in Tampa Bay, such as Suncoast Developers Guild, Design St. Pete, and Tech Ladies, that create a unique ecosystem that anyone with an interest in tech can thrive in.

What are some of your favorite things to do around town when you aren’t working?

Andrea loves to spend time outside with her dog, play roller derby with a local league, and scuba dive in the Gulf. She also loves all of the amazing restaurants that are opening all over Tampa Bay.

How do you give your time back in the community?

Andrea previously co-founded and led the local Girl Develop It chapter for four years where she taught women in the community to code, along with mentoring women and helping them jump into the tech scene. She is in the process of continuing a mentorship and volunteer organization focused on women’s intersectionality and looks forward to continuing on empowering women in Tampa Bay.

Tell us about the tech project that you are most proud of.

Before joining Gooee in 2018, she was the senior designer for the global website for Marvel Universe Live. Designing a comprehensive site in multiple languages and reaching an international audience was a unique challenge that Andrea was excited to dive into.

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