Welcome home, Jackie Wijaya

Move first, then figure the rest out. It’s no surprise that a young software developer might take an “agile” approach to relocating without a job or a plan. After all, they are taught to minimize up-front planning and instead rely on frequent testing and quick adaptation.  When Jackie decided to move back to Hawaii, she wasn’t a software developer yet. In fact, she had more experience with Taiko drumming than building software. But she already had the mindset and found a way to make it work.

Jacqueline Wijaya was born in Indonesia, moved to Hawaii as a child and went to Moanalua High School. While finishing her college degree in California, she fell in love with taiko, which brought her back to Hawaii to train for a year before pursuing further opportunities with taiko in San Diego.

After some long days fueled by Red Bull, Jackie realized that a full time job plus a demanding taiko schedule wasn’t what she wanted anymore. The thing about passionate people, they go full bore, but sometimes burn out.

So she pressed the reset button and moved back once again to Hawaii. Trying to figure out the next phase of her life, Jackie tapped into a long-held interest and applied to the DevLeague code bootcamp. DevLeague boosted her software skills and connected her to the industry. After building her chops with stints at Sudokrew, LiveAction, JamBios and Goma Games, she landed a remote job working for WebMocha, based in San Francisco.

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Jackie is not sure what lies ahead but is happy to be living and working in Hawaii. She loves the flexibility that her job provides and enjoys travelling to industry conferences. I know that even without a plan, Jackie will follow her passion and continue to find success in anything she does.

Do you have a story you’d like to share? I want to hear it. Drop me a line at cindy@htdc.org.


This is one of Jackie’s favorite photos that reminds her why Hawaii is the best place to live and work.

Jacqueline Wijaya was born in Indonesia, moved to Hawaii as a child and got her degree in Media Studies from Scripps College. She is also a graduate of DevLeague.  After high school, Jackie admittedly couldn’t wait to get off the rock that is Oahu. But years later, after a traumatic return flight from South America, she learned to appreciate being able to call Hawaii home. She is currently a full-stack developer working remotely for WebMocha, a San Francisco based company. When not coding or designing, Jacquie enjoys sculpting, drawing, and creating. She is also an accomplished percussionist, with years of experience in taiko drumming.



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