Aspirations in Computing News

    • Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is an NCWIT Investment Partner, and their support is integral to the NCWIT Collegiate Award. In this piece, HPE exec Jill Sweeney explains why the work that NCWIT and AiC Community members are doing is so important for today’s tech world. Plus, check out the fabulous photos of some of our past Collegiate Award recipients!

    • AiC Community Member and High School Senior Rebecca Kahn emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook in hopes of getting his insights in an interview for a school project. The connection sparked ideas on both sides of the conversation, and soon, NCWIT and Apple Inc. were collaborating on the new Innovator to Innovator mentorship program, which pairs high school women interested in STEM careers with Apple executives.

    • Here's AiC Community Member Michelle Qin's #iAspire story on being a part of the AiC Community and running an #AspireIT program. // “I’ve been thinking over the past week how grateful I am to be a part of NCWIT and this incredible, strong, inspirational community of women. I feel so lucky to be able to learn from you all, hear about your successes, share my ideas, and continue pursuing my passion for computing.
    • "I couldn't be more grateful to Marvel, Dolby Studios, the American Association of the Advancement of Science, and Synchrony Bank for giving me and the other finalists such an incredibly unique and memorable experience. We all learned so much about how to be proficient in and dedicated to our work in STEM." // AiC Community Member Jill Eddy was one of five finalists for Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok' Superpower of STEM Contest!
    • My own experiences have shown me the importance of encouragement and engagement. In 7th grade, my parents enrolled me in a weekly Java camp, the first of many programs. On the first day I expected to make many new friends; however, when I entered the room I realized I was the only girl. As a 13-year-old, I was nervous and initially wanted to leave, but my mom insisted that I at least try the class.
    • If you are still trying to get into the groove of a new school year, AiC Community Member Liz Petrov is here to help. Her app, Class Reveal, lets you enter your class schedule, see your classmates, and share your social media handles. Thanks, Liz, for helping to make the school year less stressful!
    • Remember the sparkly pink, tech-infused prom dress that AiC Community Member Claire Smith made last spring? Now, she's using it to inspire girls to get into tech. // “It shows girls that you can still be girly and code and to not be intimidated by the things you love. I want to bridge the gender gap.
    • “I want to show the girls that STEM is not a scary thing and it is a really good field to go into in the future.” // Read on to find out how AiC Community Member Medha Aiyah is using her own love for STEM to inspire the next generation! 
    • Dr. Shalini Kesar and the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Southern Utah Affiliate share some facts about women in tech.
    • "Hopefully by the end of the three-day program, they will be able to make their own apps to help impact their community. So that kind of exposure, we're hoping will interest them to go toward this field and to seek other opportunities and seek that support and backing to encourage them to keep going in this field." AiC Community Member, Saumya Rawat is using her AspireIT program as a way to empower girls in Dallas.
    • “This is such an impressive group of young women, and we are honored to be recognizing their achievements,” said Emily Kerr, STEM Discovery Lab Coordinator at UNH Manchester, on this year's AiC Affiliate Award Winners from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
    • “We all have stories to tell and we all have communities we love, let’s make technology for us and for those communities.” // We are so proud of AiC Community Member Kaya Thomas and her amazing app, “We Read Too.” Read More.
    • “Whether it is technology used to track species, measure pollution, or engage people in new ways of thinking, she is keyed into the power of technology to transform our experience and understanding of the world
  • We are so proud of the large number of AiC Community Members who were winners of the 2016 Congressional App Challenge! Over the coming weeks, we’ll highlight some of their amazing winning apps. They’re all celebrating in Washington D.C. today at the reception and demo day. Meet the winners from the AiC Community and their amazing winning apps:
    • The only thing we love more than bragging about our AiC Community members is watching their communities brag about them! Congratulations Jennifer King, Jaclyn Windorff, Anja Schwobe, and Jordan Main! You give New Berlin a good name.
    • Did you catch this shout-out to AiC Community Member Kenzie Flinn?