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.
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.
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.
At the end of the weekend students showcased their finished projects to parents and the community at Github.
What’s next for ChickTech?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.