ChickTech Event at Salish Kootenai College Encourages Girls to Enter Technology Fields
ChickTech: Missoula is hosting a 1-day workshop on April 14, 2018 at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo to encourage high-school girls to enter computing and technical fields.
Participants will choose to work on web and mobile app projects and are mentored by industry and academic professionals from high-tech fields. The event is free for the girls who have been nominated by their teacher or community advocate. The event is sponsored by ATG, Submittable, LumenAd, University of Montana Computer Science Department and Salish Kootenai College.
The event is designed as a fun, positive learning experience to build participants’ confidence in their technical abilities, provide positive role models, and create connections with other young women from the area. ChickTech uses free open-source software to lower the barrier for girls to continue their projects at home.
ChickTech is a non-profit organization, founded in Portland, Oregon in 2013, that has been leading a national effort to encourage more women to enter high-tech fields. ChickTech has over 20 chapters nationwide, and is looking to expand internationally by 2019. ChickTech was founded by Oregon State University alumna, Janice Levenhagen-Seeley, who was motivated by her own experiences as a female in a high-tech field to foster a more inviting culture for women.
“It was hard to feel like I belonged as a woman in computer engineering. So I started ChickTech to give other girls and women the support that I didn’t have. I want them to feel like they are welcome and they have unique things that they are bringing to the industry,” Levenhagen-Seeley said.
Learn more about ChickTech Missoula and the High School Program by visiting our High School Program FAQ.