Aspirations in Computing News

  • After attending the awards ceremony as an Affiliate Award runner-up for the 2015 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing, AiC Community Member Atalanta Stoeke was inspired to continue pursuing the vast opportunities within the program. Persistence paid off as Atalanta, now a sophomore at Apple Valley High School in Minnesota, was recently announced as an Affiliate Award recipient for the 2016 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing.

  • AiC Community Member Blakeley Hoffman is a Computer Science and Mathematics major at the University of South Carolina in Columbia who, after seeing Disney’s Zootopia wondered if a little Disney magic might help shed some light on the issue of imposter syndrome.

  • AiC Community Member Brittany Greve, along with fellow AiC Community Members Noran Omar and Angela Diep from The Young Women's Leadership School (TYWLS) of Astoria, joined Andrea Chaves, their teacher and 2015 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award winner, for a special ceremony at the White House honoring Andrea as a Champion of Change for Computer Science Education. Brittany shared their experience at the White House with us.

  • 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.