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SXSW Interactive 2014

Devleopers - The Missing Link for Girls In Tech

There are three elements critical to getting more girls into tech: finding the girls, strong programs, and our focus here--effective instructors. Notice that we did not use the word teacher, as there simply aren’t enough traditional school teachers to fill this role. We’ve been successful with and advocate activating instructors from another place: the developer and IT community.

Developers and the IT community are an untapped resource passionate about and highly capable of helping to solve the issue. They simply aren’t sure how or where to volunteer.

Through our work at TechGirlz.org, we have seen that this group has been eager to help and is truly inspirational to the girls in our program. They have been key to creating our curriculum and teaching these workshops.

In this talk we will give tips and steps to create a structured way to engage and use this community to alter the course of girls in tech.

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  1. Why has the development community not been activated in a major way up to this point?
  2. Why is it important to get the developer/IT community working on this issue?
  3. How can we effectively get the developer community involved in solving this issue?
  4. How has TechGirlz been creating a successful relationship with the developer community to get them to help with the TechGirlz program?
  5. What are some of the issues which could impact this idea?



Tracey Welson-Rossman , Founder, TechGirlz

Meta Information:

  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Future15
  • Track: Diversity and Emerging Markets
  • Level: Beginning
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