First Name

Allyson

Last Name

P.

Bio

Allyson has always been fascinated by computers, and after attending the Microsoft Digigirlz camp, she realized that she would like to pursue a career in a computing field. As a freshman in high school, Allyson demonstrated her computer skills as a member of Future Business Leaders of America. During the regional conference, she won first place in the word processing category. Following the contest, Allyson was asked to be a student teacher in her Introduction to Computing class. Allyson's eyes were opened to the need for women in technology after winning the Georgia Affiliate of the 2010 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award. Since that time, Allyson has been engrossed with learning as much as she can about technology, and the opportunities that exist in the field. She learned to develop applications for Android cell phones while attending the ICE Camp at Georgia Tech during the summer. She also developed a golf application using Google App Inventor. As a member of Georgia Tech's Computing Club, Allyson and her partner designed a prototype jacket that uses Arduino technology, and is working to obtain a patent. Their invention won first place in AT&T's Spirit of Innovation Face-Off. The officers of AT&T's IT organization were so impressed with the presentation that they committed $50,000 to introduce Arduino technology to other students in Atlanta area schools. Their success resulted in an invitation to present the prototype at the Tennessee Women in Computing Conference. They won first place and earned a scholarship to attend the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference. Following graduation, Allyson plans to major in Computer Engineering.