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Still Growing a Fresh Crop of Girl Geeks!

Posted By Lindsay Powell, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council, Monday, May 19, 2014

Before two full weeks fly by I must take a moment to pause and thank the mighty team of members, volunteers and staff responsible for the great success of the CRTC’s second Cupcakes and Computers and Rails Girls events – welcoming 50+ girls on Friday and Saturday, May 9th and 10th in Baltimore! These events could not have happened without the unflagging support of CRTC Board Member, Angie Lienert, CEO of Columbia based IntelliGenesis, Rosa Cruz of Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation and Mary Beth Wickless of Seton Keough Alumnae Association

The mission of the CRTC Women in Tech Forum, led by Angie Lienert is to positively influence, through networking, speaking engagements, training, volunteer work and mentoring, women and girls who work or aspire to work in the technology field.

From this mission came two awesome inaugural events over the weekend of May 9th – Cupcakes and Computers for girls from K-12 and Rails Girls Baltimore for high school girls.

Cupcakes and Computers offered brief age-specific presentations and peer bonding over stickers and cupcakes! More than 40 Girls from K-12 got to share their curiosity and love for computers with each other and hear from professional geeks on fun techie topics.

Elementary attendees were treated to a presentation on Internet Fundamentals by volunteer presenter Tom Shock and learned about internet content and the importance of firewalls.

Malia and Misty Melton of GirlDevelopIT presented an introduction to the fun of coding. This was a fun mother – daughter peer presentation that the girls just loved!

Our High School cupcakes enjoyed a lively presentation on "My Tech Career” by Rails Girls Head Coach, Alana Frome.

In the midst of these fantastic presentations and all of this bonding many girls were arriving with laptops in hand for Rails Girls installation. We first learned of Rails Girls back in March 2013 when we got wind of Rails Girls Baltimore’s great success. We reached out to Mike Subelsky and Kate Bladow and enlisted their support in our first Rails Girls Columbia at /training/etc back in September. That event was such a success, we just had to do it again!

We put out another call for coaches and students and were thrilled with the response as we hit student capacity. Angie Leinert, Rosa Cruz and Mary Beth Wickless did an amazing job preparing the program and workshop materials and enlisted the help of additional coaches Tom Shock, Misty Melton and peer coach Malia Melton, Alana Frome, Tara Reinhold, Tara Govie, Ryan Ahearn, Leah Vogely, Marcelle Lee, Adam Schwartz and Kristal Gibson.

In all we were incredibly proud to welcome all the Rails Girls for the second-ever CRTC WIT Community Event. We’re all buzzing about "next time” and hope to offer Spring and Fall CRTC Rails Girls events moving forward.

Many thanks to everyone who made the events such a great success – all noted here plus the Seton Keough and IntelliGenesis teams who went over and above the call of duty to inspire a new generation of tech talent!

For information on future Women in Tech events, contact us today!

Tags:  women in tech 

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