KidsTek attended the annual Tech-it-Out conference hosted by Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) at the Infinity Park Event Center last month.
This exciting event showcased keynote speakers from the cable and technology sectors. Speakers discussed new tech innovations and their perceptions on leadership development among their target audience of women and people of color. The main highlight of the event was the industry premiere of the documentary film CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap. The film captures “the absence of female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap. CODE raises the question: what would society gain from having more women and minorities in technology careers?” The film also acknowledges programs throughout the country that see this dilemma and are actively working toward closing this gender gap in the tech sector.
KidsTek is one of many organizations working to actively to address this with our student populations in Colorado. We have been working hard in encouraging both young women and men in our classrooms to pursue careers in technology. Having a more diverse work force will only make the industry better in creating more innovative products.
Tech it Out also offered a Student Ambassador program which paired 40 industry mentors with high school and college students for the day. One of our KidsTek students, Nadine Jimenez from North High School, was able to take advantage of this opportunity. While shadowing their ambassador throughout the day students were introduced to industry contacts, speakers, and panel members. Some companies represented were Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Pace, Ubee, and Charter Communications.