#ItWasNeverADress STEAM Conference aims to educate young girls in tech

Turning dresses into capes is the #ItWasNeverADress campaign’s speciality. And now they are looking to spread the message to youth girls. The campaign is hosting an inaugural event that will give young girls the opportunity to build confidence, learn to code, and explore STEAM professions. The STEAM conference taking place July 18-19, invited 50 girls ages 12 … Read more

Impactful Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference sparks international conversation – Wrap Up

When choosing a new site for the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference, founder and CEO Adriana Gascoigne settled on Phoenix as their first conference outside of Silicon Valley because of the thriving tech community found in Arizona. Influential women from around the world came out in droves to downtown Phoenix to attend the conference dedicated to encouraging … Read more

The gender gap starts with us – Bev Crair, Intel – Girls in Tech Catalyst

Intel is just one of the larger tech companies in Arizona striving to reduce the gender gap in the tech industry, and are putting their money where their mouth is. Bev Crair, storage group vice president and general manager at Intel, spoke at the Girls in Tech Catalyst and said that Intel has invested around $300 … Read more

3 must dos for next gen of enterprise software – Heidi Williams, Box – Girls in Tech Catalyst

The enterprise software industry is projected to be a $335 billion industry. Heidi Williams, senior director of platform engineering at Box, a cloud content sharing platform for businesses, shared her experience building out products for Box and three key factors users and firms expect from the next generation of enterprise platforms. Going mobile: Everything is mobile and users want to be … Read more

Porter Gale inspires women to focus on their purpose and value – Girls in Tech Catalyst

Photo contribution Vianka Villa Dry mouth, sweaty palms, and shaky legs. At some point, you might have been nervous talking about yourself, especially when meeting new people. One expert says that in order to make networking less nerve-racking, begin by identifying your purpose and talk about yourself with a clear and succinct message in mind. Porter Gale, … Read more

Girls in Tech Catalyst kicks off with a superhero cape

If you forgot to wear your superhero cape today, no worries, the Girls in Tech Catalyst conference has got you covered. Founder and CEO Girls in Tech (GIT) Adriana Gascoigne chose Phoenix as their first conference outside of Silicon Valley because of the thriving tech community found in Arizona. “We thought Phoenix would be a perfect location to … Read more

Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference to draw 500 geek girls to Phoenix – April 26-28

Women engineers, startups, entrepreneurs, scientists, venture capitalists, academics and more will descend on Downtown Phoenix for the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference held on April 26 -28 at the Hotel Palomar. This premier female-focused event, will draw close to 500 participants and feature over 50 influential women in the tech industry. Keynote speakers include Heidi … Read more

Tech Girls ROCK!

  On Wednesday, March 13, Tech Girls ROCKED the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale as, for the first time ever, the Clubs partnered with CA Technologies to offer more than 100 tween and teen girls a full-day workshop developed to encourage the kids to discover and cultivate an interest in information technology (IT) … Read more

Silicon Valley Comes to Phoenix: A Tribute to Arizona’s Tech Growth

Silicon Valley is making its way to Phoenix next week, as more than three dozen leading technology executives are scheduled to present at the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference. “This will be the second consecutive year the April 17-19 conference will be hosted at Hotel Palomar due to its massive success last year and Phoenix’s … Read more

Women in tech initiatives reach international heights

Bust out the capes and computers! Women in tech campaigns and initiatives have emerged and built awareness on the national stage. Only 26 percent of professional computing occupations in the 2014 U.S. workforce was held by women, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology. The sheer shortage of women in the tech … Read more

Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant helping little girls change the world – interview

Photo contribution by Vianka Villa Kimberly Bryant spent years in the corporate world as a software engineer climbing up the ranks in a field where very few women of color, and women in general, held a seat in the boardroom. In an interview with Oprah, Bryant talked about her first engineering job where her manager (who … Read more

Blake Irving helps produce CODE docu to expose gender gap in tech

A new documentary hits the screens exposing the gender gap of women engineers in the technology industry. Code: Debugging the Gender Gap, a film by Robin Hauser Reynolds, delves into the digital divide of women and minorities entering into the technology field. With the White House predicting by 2020 there will be 1 million unfulfilled … Read more

Technology has not helped bridge the gender gap

For a long time, technology has been known as the field of the future. Nearly every day, there is breaking news about some new gadget, app or other piece of technology that works to solve a problem in society. However, like most industries, technology has not bridged the gender gap. In an effort to change this, … Read more

TechCrunch announces Include, a Diversity Partner Program for Social Enterprises

Does your company thrive for diversity and inclusiveness? On Tuesday, TechCrunch announced its Include program that is designed to help social enterprises (nonprofit and for profit) working to make tech a more inclusive place. The Include program offers a year’s worth of access to TechCrunch resources – financial, media and events. TechCrunch’s mission “is to … Read more

AZTechBeat Hosts First Annual Women in Technology Luncheon

This week, AZ Tech Beat hosted our first annual Celebration of Women in Technology luncheon to honor the incredible female leaders in the sector. We also announced the start of our mentorship program geared towards young women set to launch this fall. This luncheon represented how women impact all different facets of the technology sector … Read more

Arizona Innovation Summit draws makers, cybersecurity experts and pirates

Co-written with Tishin Donkersley Pacman, pirates and protons made an appearance at the 5th annual Arizona SciTech Festival Innovation Summit bringing STEAM education to the forefront of the community. Fifty exhibitors from across the state packed the Scottsdale Center for the Arts Thursday to share what their company does and how they help fuel STEAM … Read more

Arizona Innovation Summit returns for 5th year

The Arizona Innovation Summit is returning for it’s 5th year, inviting innovators and entrepreneurs from all over the state to engage in a day long event as part of Arizona’s SciTech Festival. The Summit will be held October 1 at Scottsdale Center for the Arts. “This is a gathering which enables cross-sector relationships for education, … Read more

#ItWasNeverADress STEAM Conference Recap: Confidence, careers and capes

Over the weekend 50 girls ages 12 to 17 spent their weekend at Axosoft, learning about STEAM fields, confidence, and leadership from some of the Valley’s tech and non-tech leaders. The conference began with introductions from Axosoft’s Tania Katan, Miss Phoenix 2015 Kaitlin Vortherms, Miss Gilbert 2015 Lauren McBurnett, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. Both … Read more

New CrunchBase report shows female founders on the rise

Anyone that has been paying attention to the challenge women face in the tech industry knows there is a gap in the representation of female founders and engineers. While local CEOs such as Blake Irving, GoDaddy, are pushing for change by placing more females in C-suite positions and leading girls in tech efforts, there is … Read more

I'm more than a dress! Axosoft's #ItWasNeverADress campaign goes viral

Breaking down barriers of perceptions of women is something Axosoft, a technology company, is doing with their #ItWasNeverADress campaign. The company launched their campaign at the Girls in Tech Catalyst conference in Phoenix aiming to shift perceptions of women in technology, politics, or any industry to more of a superhero. The symbol is a radical transformation of … Read more