I was born in Eastern Hungary to an impoverished family, my mother a seamstress and my father a metal worker. Growing up, I had very few friends, and so I devoted my time and energy to my education, excelling in math. My first dream was to become a doctor, in large part because I saw how well off doctors were even where I lived, but in fifth grade, I began to learn programming under the tutelage of my math teacher. This was a big deal at the time, as the programming classes were usually reserved for children who were in at least the eighth grade.
From there, my dream changed. I became obsessed with all things computers and imagined myself one day programming an intelligent robot. Throughout my university studies, I worked in order to support myself and relieve my parents of the burden of paying all of my expenses, and at age 23, I began learning English. I took my first plane ride when I was 25, and since then, I have traveled all around the world, visiting more than thirty countries.
I serve as a mentor to young women who are as passionate about IT as I am myself. I am also an author, whose published works include books about search, information findability, and discovery. I am a mother of three, ages 10, 7, and 1.