On Thursday, November 12, two KidsTek students from North High School and KidsTek Senior Instructor Emily Tow had the opportunity to attend the 2020 Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) Tech It Out virtual conference. Leaders in the telecommunications field, the tech industry, and more spoke about topics ranging from new technologies they’ve developed, how their companies have adapted to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the impact of bias in AI.
According to WICT’s website, “WICT’s Tech It Out Initiative premiered in 2009 with the goal of creating strong women leaders in technology, while also raising awareness about the vast opportunities for women in the tech fields within our industry.” KidsTek is dedicated to encouraging all of our students to pursue STEM careers and actively recruits students from underrepresented groups to join the class and participate in great out-of-class opportunities like Tech It Out.
Makailah Gutierrez, a North High sophomore who was one of the two KidsTek students to attend said, “[Tech It Out] taught me that everyone has the potential to become something great, especially women who strive for a career in STEM.” She added that “I would recommend to students in upcoming years as it shows you how much you can push the limits to STEM and expand your knowledge in the overall profession.”
Many of the speakers touched on personal topics, too, such as work-life balance in the face of work-from-home and the importance of knowing when and how to say “no.” For Makailah, one of the big takeaways was that many of the speakers expressed that “it is okay to take a break and give that to yourself.”
“This is the first year I’ve had the opportunity to attend Tech It Out and I’m so glad I was able to share this experience with my students,” said Tow. “Throughout the day, we talked about the amazing speakers and impactful information in a group chat. It was great to get to discuss these topics more deeply with my students and I’m glad that the speakers brought up things like racial biases in tech, work-life balance, and other topics that are often overlooked in the tech community.”
Thanks for WICT and all of the amazing speakers for providing this opportunity to our students!