Aspirations in Computing News

  • AiC Community Member Caeley Looney is a sophomore currently pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She has been a member of NCWIT's Aspirations in Computing Community since her senior year in high school, and has been involved with a number of other organizations trying to bridge the gender gap in STEM since she started college, including SHE++ and ProjectCSGirls.

  • AiC Community Member Ayushi Sinha recently organized “Behind the Screen” for local middle school girls. The free event taught attendees how to 3D print using Tinkercad and OpenScad as well as take part in presentations with high school girls and women who work with 3D printing and technology. Ayushi shared her “Behind the Screen” experience with us.

  • HackMIT, a hackathon by MIT, was an amazing experience! Although my team didn't place, I seriously enjoyed my first hackathon, bonding with my NCWIT team, and learning so much in just one weekend. The team was originally formed when Sabrina asked the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) Community if anyone wanted to apply to HackMIT and join her team (the Fearless Four). AiC Community Members Pia, Emily, and I immediately teamed up with Sabrina.

  • On September 15, the White House honored 11 young women who empower their communities as Champions of Change, inspiring others all over the world to see their own potential for being leaders in their communities. Two of the honorees were AiC Community Members Meredith Boyce and Swetha Prabakaran, beating out 1,000 other nominees!


    NCWIT continues to expand Aspirations in Computing — the largest talent development initiative for women in tech — with support from Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, Bloomberg, and Microsoft.

    The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is now accepting applications for the Award for Aspirations in Computing and the Aspirations in Computing Educator Award.

  • The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is happening in San Francisco this week. While most of us are glued to the live stream, several young women we know are on site! NCWIT was among 20 STEM organizations chosen to receive scholarships for its members to attend the WWDC free of charge.

  • Participating in the White House Science Fair, including the Girls in STEM Discussion Student Roundtable at the Fair, was an absolutely inspirational and motivating experience! Being able to interact with such diverse and passionate individuals provided me with a platform to form new connections and learn about the fantastic work that the rising generation is doing to create change and make a difference in the community. Thank you so much to NCWIT for providing me with such a phenomenal opportunity to make friends for life!

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Less than a month after I joined the NCWIT Facebook group, the last thing I expected was an invitation to the White House. But surely enough, there it was: “Who wants to go to the White House Safety Datapalooza??” One comment and a few emails later, I questioned reality when Malia confirmed that I was on the list.