Girl Innovation's mission is to close the gender gap in tech.
Girl Innovation focuses our work not only on gender diversity but also on young women who are historically underrepresented in computer science fields. We offer summer camp, Saturday workshops and a mentoring program that introduce middle school (6th-8th grade) girls to programming, robotics, cyber-security, and their implementations. No prior experience required! Girl Innovation is sponsored by Cortelco Systems, NCWIT AspireIT, and CISCO.
Our SisterHood, elevate a growing movement of girls fighting for change
Our principal partner Cortelco Systems and its CEO and President Juan Carlos provides us with facilities, computers, knowledge and internet access.
Girl Innovation Discovery Career Day - CISCO Headquarter Office In Puerto Rico. Cisco partners us with our Girl Innovation Discovery Career Day and our Women in Tech roundtable.
Our Gir Innovation Career Discovery Day is a visit to a tech company. That day the girls will visit the facilities and tech women will talk with them about their daily work and their experiences in the field of technology.
The GI Career Discovery Day is an important step in the development of a future career that helps introduce girls to the job opportunities available. Our hope is that girls are clear about what they are interested in and expose them to the realities of the labor market so that they have a better idea of the jobs they should aspire to.
Career Day After Party @ Cisco
Career Day After Party @ Cisco
Cisco Swag Bag
Women in Tech Roundtable - Patricia Caldera from Cisco.
The focus of "Women in Tech" is to provide career development opportunities for girls. During the roundtable, the participants will have the opportunity to have one on one interaction with executive women from tech companies. Our Women in Tech is sponsored by CISCO.
Girl Innovation Alumni - 2019 ProjectCSGirls Semifinalists
Inspiring Teens Magazine - Pag 47 Volunteer
Metro Newsletter - Facebook Fanpage
El Oriental Newsletter
Front Page - La Semana Newsletter
La Semana Newsletter page 5
El Nuevo Día newsletter - Summer Camp Supplement
El Regional Newsletter - Our Girl Innovation Alumni
Metro Digital Newsletter
Negocios 1380 - Radio Program Interview
11q Radio AM Solapreneurs Radio Program Interview
Our first summer camp in 2018
Scratch, Introduction to programming
Robotics - VEX Robotics Platform and RobotC programming
App Development - App Sketch
App Development using MIT App Inventor
Women in Tech section sponsored by CISCO
Juan Carlos, President, and CEO of Cortelco Systems shares his knowledge and experience during our Summer Camp.
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1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
Technology is still largely male-dominated, and an effective approach for increasing the women in technology has not yet been achieved. Concern has been expressed for years. With technology continually advancing, the issue of the gender gap cannot be ignored. In a society where increasingly, we are defined by access to technology, you're going to be left in the digital dark ages. That's what the gender gap is all about.
2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
Girl Innovation program was launched in 2018 and it introduces girls with basic coding, robotics, and cybersecurity skills through training and mentorship programs. The initiative targets girls aged 10-17 years from Puerto Rico. Our values are dare, lead, innovate, impact and equality. Our partners are Cortelco Systems, NCWIT AspireIT, and Cisco.
We will offer Women in Tech roundtable. The focus of it is to provide career development opportunities for girls. During the roundtable, the participants will have the opportunity to have one on one interaction with executive women from tech companies.
Our GI Career Discovery Day is a visit to a tech company. That day the girls will visit the facilities and tech women will talk with them about their daily work and their experiences in the field of technology. The GI Career Discovery Day is an important step in the development of a future career that helps introduce girls to the job opportunities available. Our hope is that girls are clear about what they are interested in and expose them to the realities of the labor market so that they have a better idea of the jobs they should aspire to.
Simply put, we are here to drive change.
3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?
My interest in technology began when I joined John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, an education program that has provided me the opportunity to study robotics, computer science, and economic during summer break. In my first summer camp (5th grade), we were only two girls in a Robotics course of 15. During the next summer camp (7th grade), I took Computer Science and we were only three girls in a class of 15 as well. In 10th grade, I was the only girl in my AP Computer Science A class. I expected a majority to be male, but being the only girl is slightly mind-blowing.
Girl Innovation is dedicated to getting adequate access to technology to girls. This can hinder them from learning the skills that are crucial to success in today's economy. I created it for middle school girls stemmed from the fact that a large chunk of learning occurs during this period.
4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”
I am on a mission to get more young women into technology. The problem isn’t a lack of interest. Girl Innovation is a summer camp, workshop series and mentoring program for middle school girls stemmed from the fact that a large chunk of learning and development occurs during the critical middle school period. We hope to show them how innovative and creative they can be and encourage them to develop ideas that are powerful, disruptive, and cutting-edge.
Girl Innovation joined the International Girls in ICT day awareness activities sponsored by Chicas by Alejandra and Secreto Girls Magazine with the purpose that the girls know the opportunities they have in the field of technology. I was interviewed by a young reporter, Anayra Isabel, during the Planet Week Fair. The event was on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 1 pm to 3 pm. I talked about my experience in the field and how I was interested in inspiring other girls.
I was selected as a 2019 HERLead Fellow sponsored by Vital Voices and Ann Taylor/Loft Company.
I received the 2019 Special Recognition at NCWIT Puerto Rico Affiliate Award Ceremony, I was one of the guest speakers. I talked about my experience implementing Girl Innovation and about being the first-ever freshman who wins the NCWIT Aspirating in Computing National Winner.
Every year the 29 October serves as a day to bring awareness to stroke around the world. In 2018, the Senate of Puerto Rico invited me as a guest speaker in the "Conversatorio: Tómalo en Serio y Piensa Rápido" to present my project SNAPStroke. I received a Special Recognition from the President of the Senate. SNAPStroke will be a mobile app to intent to predict a stroke in real-time and helps people get treatment faster using Machine Learning, Computer Vision and Speech Analysis.
Girl Innovation, a Saturday workshop series that introduces middle school girls to programming, robotics, and cybersecurity. The program also has conversations between women from the technology industry and girls, so they can be identified and explore the field. For my initiative, I received the Mayor of the Gurabo medal for my leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
Also, I received, for Girl Innovation, the 2018 Puerto Rico Leadership Award in Innovation & Technology category and the Puerto Rico Governor’s Medal for my contributions to society.
5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
Seeing first-hand the kind of barriers women face when pursuing computer science and knowing my experience with mentorship was unique. I became passionate about allowing girls to experience too. For me, intervention in middle school is critical. Girls need to be given the chance to explore tech before post-secondary so that they're able to make informed decisions about their futures. For example, our first alumni, Kamila, and Milein were semi-finalists in a National Competition and receive a lot of media recognition.
We believe Girl Innovation provides a space for encouragement, which many girls with an interest in tech go without. We want to inspire the next generation of innovators, one representative of a breadth of life experiences. In a world that's becoming more technical, giving girls the tools to understand and explore is giving them tools to change the world.
6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
We differ from other programs because the foundation of Girl Innovation is resolving a social issue with innovation. Girls will be most engaged if what they are learning connects to what they care about. They should understand technology can be and is used to solve real-world problems and have experience doing just that in our program.
We develop ideas of issues, determining how we will communicate examples of issues, and outlining how our activities and lessons will connect to the issue’s participants choose to focus.
7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
We impact already 50 girls since 2018. Our indirect impact is about 150,000 through newsletters, radio interviews, and social media posts. 70% of our participants became from underrepresented groups. Our target population, middle school girls, show less turnover and high returning to the program rates than high schoolers.
8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
My idea to take Girl Innovation to the next level is to try to reach more girls across Puerto Rico and expand to the Caribbean through the after-school programs and/or club. Our program is available to anyone who wants to start a Girl Innovation, no matter their computing experience.
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10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?
Donations less than $100
Donations between $100-$1k
Donations between $1k-$5k
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