The Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Women in Cable Telecommunications hosted their 11th annual “Tech It Out” event on Thursday, November 16th at Infinity Park Event Center in Glendale, Colorado. This event is a cutting-edge celebration of technology, innovation, STEM, technology leaders, and student outreach. The variety of session and topics at this event created an exciting atmosphere for all those that attended. Tech It Out attracted over four hundred technology leaders from all levels and stages of life.
WICT Tech It Out offered an interactive and creative forum to explore the diversity in technology, while inspiring participants to advance their careers and support student outreach in STEM to local high school and college students. In addition, key note speakers Dr. Rebecca Chop, DU’s first female chancellor, and Robin Hauser, renowned documentary producer, inspired audience members to follow their dreams and push past any barriers they may experience in their lifetimes.
This year’s Tech It Out included a segment called “Tech Talks,” which were not only inspirational but also educational. Topics included everything from DNS (Domain Name Systems) and IP (Internet Protocol) Addresses, to Artificial Intelligence and how it will impact the future. Each talk also highlighted the advances that technology has made within the respective topics.
KidsTek brought along three students to attend WICT Tech It Out. This was made possible through an application process where students registered by answering questions about themselves, and why they wanted to be involved with the technology community through the event. KidsTek students Cynthia Martinez and Fernanda Gutierrez from Hinkley High School in Aurora participated, in addition to Esmeralda Gutierrez from Denver North High School’s Business Computing class.
Esmeralda aspires to go to CU Boulder in the fall of 2018 and study biomedical engineering in the hope of bettering the lives of people around the world. Cynthia is engaged by technology and is currently thinking about pursuing a degree in Computer Science. Fernanda is interested in technology as well, but has always been attracted to the education field. This event was beneficial for all three in different ways, but proved exciting for each of them.
KidsTek was also able to engage with the community by attending as strategic partners. KidsTek Employees, Kristina Calvert and Meghan Lang, were able to sit amongst other technology related businesses and non-profits to network and spread the word about the KidsTek mission. Meghan Lang, Program Manager at KidsTek said “Attending events like WICT Tech It Out makes technology even more exciting. The variety of women and the inspiration from events like these helps all attendees to leave with a fresh perspective on different topics and passion for the work that they each do.”