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  • The 2015 Aspirations in Computing Awards for the Western Missouri & Kansas affiliate was held at Perceptive Software headquarters in Lenexa, KS on February 6, 2015. The award ceremony included a panel of university students with the theme "The Next Steps," and a panel of professional women with the theme "Technology: One Field, Endless Possibilities." Prizes included Garmin Vivofits for the winners and Amazon gift cards for the runners-up, as well as a multitude of other prizes donated by local and national sponsors.

  • It’s almost the end of the year, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of exciting announcements. After nearly three months of the application and review process, the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) has selected 35 national winners for the 2015 Award for Aspirations in Computing. The winners, who are listed below, were selected from a record 2,691 applicants, representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and overseas military bases.

  • The 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration was such an amazing way to start the school year. The inspiration, new connections, interview experiences, and insights I’ve gained I will take with me throughout the year and into my professional life. What made it even more worthwhile was having NCWIT there.

  • From October 8-10 2014, NCWIT attended the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC). A key component of our presence at GHC is to give the young women of our Aspirations in Computing community an opportunity to spend time together and to meet with representatives from companies that are members of NCWIT. GHC is always a transformational experience for the young women of the Aspirations community. What follows are accounts from two AiC recipients who attended GHC this year.

  • This summer, I worked as a Research and Development intern at Bloomberg LP in the Data Visualization department. There, I developed data visualizations with my mentor to aid in interpreting financial data. Other than programming, my internship involved lots of meetings and talking with developers and people in other departments; I got a lot of practice in public speaking! It was such a rewarding experience.

  • This summer, I was given the opportunity to intern at Symantec Corporation through the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. The experience has been challenging and simultaneously rewarding. This internship has taken my curiosity and cultivated it through responsibility, group work, and defined goals. Each day brought new hurdles, new things to understand and learn from. My work never felt monotonous as I was consistently learning new things.

  • On March 3, I attended the Philadelphia Area Affiliate Award for Aspirations in Computing ceremony with my mom and teacher. As soon as school ended, we drove the one-hour drive from Bethlehem, PA and arrived at the Villanova Conference Center around 4:15 p.m. Immediately upon arriving, I felt welcomed by the warm smiles of the coordinators and girls. As fellow award recipients trickled in, I conversed with those whom had already arrived.

  • Friday, February 7th, the Western Missouri and Kansas Aspirations Community celebrated 30 young women at the 2014 Award for Aspirations in Computing ceremony held at the Cerner Corporation in Kansas City. In excellent celebration, parents, teachers, industry professionals, and faculty were all on hand to help honor these young women for their accomplishments and aspirations in computing and technology.

  • The Girls in ICT initiative of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is a global effort to raise awareness on empowering and encouraging girls and young women to consider studies and careers in ICTs. The initiative is committed to celebrate and commemorate the International Girls in ICT Day on the fourth Thursday of every April as established by the ITU membership.

  • March 15th, 2014 in Northern California marks a day when a group of girls honored by the National Center for Women & Information Technology became aware of the immense support they had from people in every area of the STEM field. At a ceremony held on the University of California, Davis, a group of talented and extremely fortunate young women got the chance to listen to stories from women who had become huge successes within science, math, engineering, and technology.
  • Late winter is one of the busiest and most inspiring times of year for NCWIT because we are celebrating the winners of our Award for Aspirations in Computing. NCWIT staff and representatives attend ceremonies all over the nation. At each event, we hear from magnetic speakers, meet dedicated educators, and more importantly, celebrate the amazing young women who are the Winners and Runners-up of the Award for Aspirations in Computing. Here are some of the highlights from two recent ceremonies.

  • Late winter is one of the busiest and most inspiring times of year for NCWIT because we are celebrating the winners of our Award for Aspirations in Computing. NCWIT staff and representatives attend ceremonies all over the nation. At each event, we hear from magnetic speakers, meet dedicated educators, and more importantly, celebrate the amazing young women who are the Winners and Runners-up of the Award for Aspirations in Computing. Here are some of the highlights from two recent ceremonies.

  • What began as a simple trip, offered by NCWIT’s Aspirations in Computing network, quickly unfolded into an amazing opportunity? When we think of a typical field trip for high school and college students, we hardly think about visiting the scenes of the action; rather the products of their creation. Wednesday, January 29, 2014 was a very special day for the young women that were chosen to venture the iStrategyLabs office. We all woke that morning and went through our school days as usual, anticipating the field trip that lay ahead of us.

  • NCWIT AIC Alumni: Where Are They Now?

    Wei Low, 2012 National Runner-up, Virginia/DC Affiliate Award recipient and 2013 Virginia/DC Affiliate Award recipient

    Wei Low didn’t start out wanting to pursue STEM as a career or as a hobby, for that matter...

  • Yesterday fellow NCWIT Aspirations winners, Jordan Newton, Charell Valencia, and I (Jackie Lasky), were invited to iStrategy Lab’s office in Dupoint Circle, Washington D.C. to tour their high-tech facility. Surprisingly, a little over 40% of their company’s team happens to be women, which make the visit a very welcoming one at that.
     
    The walls of their office varied from abstract contemporary paintings and colorful wall-white boards to other mediums of art and innovation.

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