This article is from the Daily Bulletin posted on January 19, 2018.
About one in five computer science undergraduates at Waterloo are women. Imagine if we could interest girls at a younger age. Jo Atlee, the Director of Women in Computer Science, is working to do just that with the launch of Technovation Waterloo.
Sunday kicked off the first monthly workshop to help girls ages 10-18 get started on the Technovation Challenge: a 12-week program where girls in teams of up to five learn to:
- Identify a problem in their community
- Create a mobile app to address the problem
- Pitch their ideas to others
- Translate their project into a business
This is all done in an environment that is purposely female-dominated. Girls meet other girls who are interested in technology and entrepreneurship and, equally important, they are mentored and instructed by female undergraduate and graduate students from Waterloo along with women from the local tech industry, all of whom serve as powerful role models.
There is still time to get involved. If you know of a girl 10-18 who’d be interested, it’s not too late to sign up. Or if you’d like to volunteer with the program and be a mentor, you can register and help build the confidence of a group of girls and encourage them to consider a future in computer science.
Technovation Waterloo is sponsored by Google, Women in Computer Science and the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science.