Born 1968 in St. John's, Canada. Tali helped found the Genderchangers and was the first facilitator for the women-only Computer Hardware courses in Amsterdam. She was also one of the first drafters of the GCA Computer Hardware manual. Little did she know that tinkering with computer hardware and reading about it on the internet would be the catalyst to a career in IT. After leaving Amsterdam in 2003, Tali remained active in the network by helping organize the Eclectic Tech Carnival (/etc) and helping with the installation and set-up of systerserver.net. In 2005, she was finally able to attend the /etc that was held in Graz, Austria.
After moving across Canada and settling in St. John's on Canada's east coast, Tali's network activities slowed down and she decided to go back to school to get some certification papers. She completed a post-baccalaureate diploma in ICT at Memorial University and discovered her true passion was standards-based web development.
- Gabriella Coleman, "Interview with Tali Smith (Genderchangers)", video, 2009.