Big Ideas Fest 2012 - Design. Innovate. Activate.
Black Girls CODE Founder, Kimberly Bryant is one of the featured speakers at the December 2-5 festival to be held at the Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay, CA
Big Ideas Fest convenes all education stakeholders in redesigning the future of education. ISKME's annual event brings together teachers, policy makers, researchers, eduprenuers, students, and funders who are championing the transformation of K-20 education.
Working across traditional silos in education, Big Ideas Fest engages participants from the ballroom stage to outdoor fire pits, from the hallways to the parking lot roof, and from face-to-face networking to inspiring rapid fire speakers, all infused with activities that inspire and activate new ideas.
“Follow” the 2012 Big Ideas Fest on Twitter at: #bif2012
Watch a livestream of the the Rapid Fire Speakers here: bit.ly/XfIkkl
On Saturday October 13th, WOMEN INTERACTIVE an innovative festival based on an overall theme of content creation, ad Black Girls CODE a San Francisco non-profit dedicated to encouraging girls of color to become the masters of their technological future, both descended upon the campus of Spelman College, an institution of higher learning dedicated to training women as the leaders of tomorrow. The Inaugural Women Interactive Digital Vanguard Awards and Creative Technology Festival in conjunction with Spelman College Digital Image Salon, successfully took place in the city of Atlanta this past weekend. The festival opened to a crowd of hundreds of women seeking to gain knowledge and insight in the world of creative technology and the business thereof. The Women Interactive Creative Technology Digital Vanguard Awards took place at the Microsoft Store at Lenox Mall and Spelman College served as the home of this year's festival which took place on Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13th 2012. Black Girls CODE founder Kimberly Bryant was recognized with a Digital Vanguard Award for social change in the ceremony held Friday, October 12th.
More photos available here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thegarnercircle/sets/72157631738717029/
The Black Girls CODE workshop held on Saturday attracted almost ninety girls from the Atlanta metro area and from as far away as Tennessee for a day filled with coding and fun in the familiar, Build a Webpage in a Day format. This is the second workshop for Black Girls CODE in the Atlanta area but participants in this workshop received an added treat. A parent's career panel was held in parallel with the student workshop for attendee parents. Professionals who participated in the panel included Felecia Hatcher, CEO of Fever Pops; Ramanathan Singaram, office principal of ThoughtWorks; Felicia Jones, president of Atlanta Black Data Processing Professionals; Lecturer Iretta Kearse, professor of Computer Science at Spelman College; Christina M. Gardner-McCune, Ph.D., enrollment, and community college of computing, Georgia Institute of Technology; Kimberly Bryant, founder and executive director of Black Girls CODE; and Yvette Caslin, SVP of strategy and development at Steed Media, who moderated the conversation.
The workshop proved to be extremely beneficial for both parents and their daughters. One parent commented, “As a parent, I am so appreciative of the insight provided, of the opportunity and potential within the IT industry.” She also noted that her daughter stated, “For once I felt I belonged.” The mother’s testimony continued as she stated, “SHE (her daughter) has now decided what SHE wants to do.” The woman’s daughter plans on majoring in computer programming at Spelman or Georgia Tech.
*Photos courtesy of Lisa M. Zunzanyika, Simply Zee Imagery, LLC
Sci Girls Season 2 Preview , Full Season Returns in October!
Season 2 of SciGirls returns in October with ten new episodes showcasing bright, curious, real girls using science, technology, engineering, and math in their everyday lives. They design an underwater robot, engineer a "chill" ice-cream-making bike, apply real forensic methods to solving a mysterious crime, and more!
In Season Two, there's even more of the unique combination of TV and web that won the series a Daytime Emmy for "New Approaches" in its premiere season. Every episode of the TV show features onscreen clues that lead girls to a "mash-up" game on the website, where they can create their own, unique SciGirls stories. Plus, in other new interactive games, kids can search for underwater treasure, care for a colony of honey bees, and design wildlife dioramas.
Black Girls CODE Founder, Kimberly Bryant joins a group of four amazing Bay Area young women in a special episode filmed in San Francisco to guide the girls in the development of a mobile application highlighting the new Earthquake Exhibit at the California Academy of Sciences. Check your local tv listings for further details. Catch the team in action in a special preview below.
The SF SciGirls Team
Black Girls Code wraps up its #SummerofCode with events in New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and South Africa!
Black Girls CODE continues the Summer of Code movement starting in September with workshops launching in two new cities; New York and Detroit and a return visit to Atlanta in October. These workshops are a part of a series of classes which were taught during Black Girls CODE's Summer of Code Campaign. The BGC Summer of Code Campaign is an ambitious effort to teach computer programming and technology to over 200 students from underrepresented communities, in 90 days, in more than 7 cities. To date Black Girls CODE has hosted workshops in 5 cities and taught computer programming and robotics to more than 300 students. The journey continues! Please spread the word of our upcoming classes and register your students by visiting our Upcoming Programs Page
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