TECHNOLOchicas October/November News

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Throughout Fall, the TECHNOLOchicas have been on the road from California to Florida to Puerto Rico to a few places in between, celebrating the campaign’s one year anniversary and #DisneyTech. Additionally, TECHNOLOchicas was nominated for the GEM-TECH Award! Though we did not win, we wanted to say a warm thank you to all of our TECHNOLOchicas and all of our supporters who have helped to make the campaign’s first year so impactful.

As always, thanks for signing up to hear all of the latest TECHNOLOchicas news — inspiring videos, resources, news articles, and event highlights.

In this newsletter:

  • Featured Video
  • Tip of the Month
  • Featured News Coverage
  • Past Events
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spreading the Word

Featured Video

Get to know the next generation of TECHNOLOchicas. These “TechnoloChicas” are a group of fifth and sixth grade girls at Mayo Elementary School in Compton who provide their classmates with tech support. Keep going Chicas, we cannot wait to see what you do next!

Tip of the Month

girlsinit_150x150This month’s tip comes from Girls in IT: The Facts.

  • Talk with your TECHNOLOchica about unconscious biases like stereotype threat, its effects, and what can be done about it. Make her aware of this phenomenon; recognizing it is the first step to overcoming it. Also remind her that intelligence and technical ability are not innate but that they are like muscles that can be developed over time.

Want more tips? Follow along on Facebook and Twitter, and browse the complete set of NCWIT resources online. And, be sure to share them with your communities.

Featured News Coverage

  • Get to know ‘Super Scientist’ and TECHNOLOchica Alissa Chavez in a recent interview with Real Science-4-Kids.
  • “I represent a lot more than my individual values. I take that very seriously. I represent Latinas, women, people of color, low-income communities, entrepreneurs, and people who are trying to make a difference in the world. I always make sure that the things I do are in the interest of that.” // TECHNOLOchica Jessica Santanashared her inspiring story in this CNN Money feature.
  • TECHNOLOchicas Aura Barrero and Silvia Jaramillo were featured in the September issue of Google’s “Careers With Code: Game – Changing Jobs of Tomorrow,” along with a mention of our TECHNOLOchicas campaign. // “Being different from most of your peers – whether by race, gender, sexual orientation or another characteristic – can fuel a sense of disempowerment. This is the motivation behind groups such as Black Girls CODE, TECHNOLOchicas, and CODE2040. They engage young African-American and Hispanic students in technology early, and keep them engaged, so their interest in computer science turns into a career.”
  • In the fourth and final episode of Roadtrip Nation, CodeTrip, the cast interviewed our very own TECHNOLOchica Jessica Santana. Watch the episode, and be inspired.
  • How did working Mom and TECHNOLOchica Madeline Martinez pursue her dreams? Read her story, and find out.
  • Meet the girls of “Tech Crew!” This group is led by TECHNOLOChica Andrea Chaves in The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, and is made up of filmmakers, graphic designers, coders, website designers, and project managers. We are so proud of Andrea and the girls!
  • In their most recent TECHNOLOchicas segment on Univision Noticias, TECHNOLOchicas Jessica Santana and Natalia Rodriguez discuss the main technological degree programs taught in universities that are available to YOUR TECHNOLOchica.

Past Events

  • On October 1, TECHNOLOchicas, Ana Hernandez, Ilona Bodnar, Gemma Busoni, Janet Barrientos, Madeline Martinez, Lolita Taub and Janeth Vargas were in California for the Latina Power in STEM Conference and the one year celebration of the TECHNOLOchicas campaign! We had an amazing time and a wonderful crowd! You can see some highlights on Facebook and on Instagram. You can also catch up on the event in these recaps:
    • “She saw herself as a Lolita Taub and hoped that young girls could also see themselves as an MBA candidate, a tech professional, or a role model for other Latinas.” // Read this inspiring write up of our #LatinaPower in STEM Conference!
    • “What if there were more women in technology? Glendale College’s Aspire, Initiate and Master program hosted Latina Power in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) conference on October, 1. More than 300 middle school and high school Latina attendees were introduced to activities, TECHNOLOchicas, Microsoft, Snapchat, etc.” From the Glendale Community College Student Newspaper.
  • The TECHNOLOchicas returned to the Grace Hopper Conference (GHC) in Houston on October, 18. Gemma Busoni was a panelist at GHC’s VR panel on Thursday while Ilona Bodnar, Silvia Jaramillo, Blakeley Hoffman, Susie Gomez, Aimee Jasso, and Natalia Rodriguez were on hand for all the Hopper-related festivities. Check out our Instagram for pictures of GHC16!
  • Not to be out done, while some TECHNOLOchica were taking over Grace Hopper, others were in Florida for #LATISM16. Andrea Chaves’ Tech Crew was there (in full TECHNOLOchicas uniform!). TECHNOLOchica Marilu Duque’s team, who tied for 1st at #ElHackathon for her app #KLOK (“Que Lo Que”), was also at #LATISM16. Congratulations, Marilu!
  • The following weekend, TECHNOLOchica Melinda Vargas hosted the TECHNOLOchica’s booth at #include in Puerto Rico. You can catch up on the event on Instagram and Twitter!

Upcoming Events

  • The LOFT Coder Summit is coming up in Los Angeles at UCLA on Saturday, November 19. Join the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Infosys Foundation USA, and hundreds of Latina coders to share ideas, energy, and cultural pride. Register now for this free one-day event.

More events, appearances, and celebrations are coming. Be sure that you are following us via social media and watching for future newsletters to be the first to know where the TECHNOLOchicas will be next.

Spreading the Word

spreadword_technoloWant to help support TECHNOLOchicas? Below are several ways you can help.

Join Us Online

  • Follow @TECHNOLOchicas on Twitter, and like TECHNOLOchicas on Facebook for daily tips, inspirational quotes, and Latinas in technology news that you can share with friends.
  • Follow us on Instagram, and see event highlights through the eyes of the TECHNOLOchicas as they capture memorable moments. View additional, official photos on the Flickr channel.

Host an Event

Ask a TECHNOLOchica to make an appearance, or show a screening of TECHNOLOchicas videos for young Latinas at schools or community organizations. Contact technolochicas@ncwit.org to start planning!

Identify More TECHNOLOchicas

Know Latinas in technology who could be profiled as a TECHNOLOchica? Share this application form with them: http://bit.ly/1OVS2lw.