Like all couples, they've had their fair share of ups and downs, but being in a trans relationship brings its own unique complications.
' When it came to us actually getting together, she had no idea what to expect in terms of my body,' Oli says.
Tell us a little more about what you know about the traditional hiring process and where you think Hacker X comes in. Lots of it get wasted away in traditional processes that have been followed since ages.
The success of this technique, to an extent, relies on the sampling of candidates, an area where Hacker X organizers can provide the much-needed differentiation.
' I actually assumed Oli was a gay, cis [non-trans] man, so I was delighted [when I found out] he was straight! ' I added him on Facebook that evening, and realised he was trans; I'd had no idea.
But once I got my head round the idea I wasn't fazed at all.' Now 22 and 24, Laura and Oli have been together for two and a half years and are getting married next summer after the final stage of Oli's genital reassignment surgery.
While on the other hand, this concept also suits companies looking to screen candidates in a quick format instead of having to sift through a vast resume pool, an investment in time and money too valuable to waste away in an interviewing process that lasts forever.
He was the first partner I ever had who really put my enjoyment first.' She adds: ' I literally had never even had a boyfriend who went down on me, and I was shocked to learn that I could actually orgasm with a partner too!
' When Oli eventually felt comfortable revealing all, they were both pretty anxious.
I actually believe that communicating my career goals succinctly during the speed dates helped me land a few phone-screens and interviews.
An additional tip would be to prepare a short 90-second pitch about yourself (2 to 3 sentences should suffice) briefly covering your background and experience (domains, skill-sets, one or two main accomplishments in previous organizations) and more importantly, what you are looking forward to — detailing your career goals, and your reason for attending the event.