Every now and then, we hear of a woman’s story of triumph in the male-dominated field of technology. Like the 11-year old girl who won first place in the AT&T Hack-a-thon for the app she built to prevent texting while driving. Or Marissa Mayer – the executive who challenges the “women-can-have-it-all” mantra.
There is a budding community of women tried and true, who possesses the same passion and vision to use technology to solve a problem. These are individuals no more focused on their gender than on making an impact through their business. Welcome Girls In Tech – LA (GITLA), a group of talented entrepreneurs right here in your backyard.
Founded by Adriana Gascoigne in 2007, ‘Girls in Tech’ (GIT) is a social network enterprise focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of like-minded, professional, intelligent and influential women in technology. ‘As young women with the capacity to inspire, we made it our personal desire and passion to create and sustain an organization that focuses on the collaboration, promotion, growth and success of women in the technology sector.’
GITLA had a successful event during Social Media Week, showcasing two female founders, two angel investors and six startups demoing their products. To build on the momentum, GIT is excited to partner up with Schmoozd. Founder John Diep has done an amazing job providing a go-to-place where people can share quality ideas, strategies and tactics.
Just to give you a taste of what’s on tap for GITLA in the coming months:
USC Engineering Panel – Women in Industry – November
GIT and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering will focus on eight engineering schools and their female students. These female engineers-in-training will hear from successful women who can answer their most pressing questions about the industry, and offer advice on career advancement.
We’re still looking for panelists who are well versed in the following disciplines:
- Astronautical Engineering
- Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil / environmental Engineering
- Computer Science
- Computer Science – Game Development
- Electrical Engineering
- Industrial & System Engineering
IMAGINE Event with Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles – December
GIT partners with Girl Scouts to reach out to girls in underserved communities to help them explore careers in the STEM fields.
Windows 8 Workshop – January
Microsoft-hosted workshop for community college girls on developing apps in Windows 8 and Windows 8 mobile.
Girls in Tech will see you at the Startup Mix & Mingle event, October 25th. Meanwhile, connect with us and tell your female friends.