ChickTech Bay Area Kickoff Empowers the Next Generation of Women Tech Leaders

We’re fortunate to host quite a few community groups here in New Relic’s San Francisco headquarters. But even among all the awesome user groups, meetups, and hackathons, there are a few standout organizations that we’re especially happy to support. This past weekend we were very honored to team up with our friends at Github to host the inaugural ChickTech Bay Area Kickoff event.

What’s ChickTech?

ChickTech is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers. The organization offers free workshops, mentors, and internships to high school girls all around the Bay Area. This weekend’s kickoff was the first event of the school year, with many more to follow.

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Throughout the weekend students built amazing projects within seven different workshops. Taught by industry mentors from companies like Indiegogo, Akamai Technologies, Salesforce, and Apple, the workshops focused on Web development, Javascript, robotics, the Internet of Things, soft circuits, mobile app design, and game development.

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In the robotics workshop, students learned basic electronic skills to build and program a motion-sensing robot. By the end of the day everyone had the opportunity to put their robot to the test by navigating through an obstacle course. Over in the soft circuits workshop, students hacked on Arduinos to transform a tote bag into a light-up marvel! Meanwhile, game development students designed and programmed their own version of the popular game Thomas Was Alone using Unity3D.

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At the end of the weekend students showcased their finished projects to parents and the community at Github.

What’s next for ChickTech?

The Kickoff event was just the first of many ChickTech workshops to be offered throughout the school year. Topics that will be covered at future events include choosing a college major, overcoming Imposter Syndrome, and tackling advanced topics in JavaScript. Students will also have the chance to visit various Bay Area tech offices as well as Stanford’s Particle Accelerator.

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Up next on December 6th is the Mentor Match Day, in which students and mentors will have the opportunity to meet, mingle, and pair up for the remainder of the school year. If you’re interested in mentoring one of the incredible ChickTech students and supporting the next generation of women in technology, contact laura.ku@chicktech.org.

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Noelle Daley is a software engineer at New Relic. View posts by .

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