Girl Innovation

Girl Innovation's mission is to close the gender gap in tech.

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  • Education

Are you employed by T-Mobile or related to an employee of T-Mobile?

  • No

Eligibility: Date of Birth

april, 21, 2003

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787-309-3044 367 Camino de las Rosas Sabanera del Rio Gurabo, PR 00778

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www.facebook.com/girlinnovation www.instagram.com/girlinnovationpr www.gmrtechpr.com

Date You Started Your Project Started

06/01/2018

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working towards the next level of expansion)

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...”

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.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Brand Development

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors
  • Donations less than $100
  • Donations between $100-$1k
  • Donations between $1k-$5k

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • Hispanic, Latino/a, or Spanish origin (for example: Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuba, Salvadoran, Dominican, Colombian) (7)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • Communities of color
  • Other

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Social media
  • Recommended by others

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?

HERLead Fellowship Group on Facebook (Vital Voices)

Evaluation results

67 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 68.7%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 3%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 7.5%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 20.9%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 70.1%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 1.5%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 3%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 11.9%

1 - This entry is weak here - 13.4%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 68.7%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 1.5%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 1.5%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 10.4%

1 - This entry is weak here - 17.9%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 2.1%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 2.1%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 4.2%

1 - This entry is weak here - 31.2%

No Answer - 0%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 68.7%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 4.5%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 0%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 6%

1 - This entry is weak here - 20.9%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%

Attachments (1)

Gia Mar Ramos Resume 2019.pdf

Gia Mar Ramos Resume 2019

38 comments

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Photo of Anica Adzievska
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I love this project! To see that you are encouraging young females to pursue what they love and contribute towards the innovation of technology-related solutions to the world problems is truly inspiring. Keep up the great work.

Photo of Gia Mar Ramos
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Hi, Anica:
Thank you for your feedback.

Photo of Joan
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No matter how you look at it, a more gender-diverse workforce is better for business, especially in Tech

Photo of Miranda
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Eres la mejor, Gia!

Photo of Wilfredo
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Keep going!

Photo of Kiara
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Sigue adelante.

Photo of Pedro Ramírez
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Mucha suerte en todo lo que te propongas.

Photo of Omaira Quiñones
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Collaborating with individuals of different genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and race leads to increased innovation and enhanced problem-solving.

Photo of Nancy Perez
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Sigue con el magnifico trabajo.

Photo of Manny Martinez
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Digital skills are increasingly vital in everyone’s lives. It’s estimated around 90% of all jobs over the next 20 years will require some level of digital skills, so we need to make sure they’re at the heart of our education system.

Photo of Luis Martinez
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Inspirando a los demás...

Photo of Karen Cruz
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A great young woman!

Photo of Jose Carballo
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Excellent job. Continue making a change to our community. Puerto Rico needs more girls like you!

Photo of Hector Lopez
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Muy bien, espero que todo lo que te propongas lo logres.

Photo of Ivana Mendoza
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Cuando se demuestra que querer es poder. Adelante y da la cara por Puerto Rico.

Photo of Glenda Liz
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Excellence commitment with the young women in Puerto Rico,

Photo of Francisca Pedraza
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Awesome...

Photo of Ernesto
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An outstanding young woman!

Photo of David
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Gia, this is amazing.

Photo of Carlos I.
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An aspiring innovator!!!

Photo of Mariola
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Excellent initiative from Puerto Rico!!!

Photo of Petry
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Great job!

Photo of Kevin Tirado
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Gia Mar Ramos more girls, more innovations, better world

Photo of Manny Marcano
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The future is female.

Photo of Maria Pedraza
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You inspire us. Bringing hope and future to the Puerto Rican girls!

Photo of Brendaly Marcano
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Girl Innovation is an excellent initiative. Good Luck in your journey, Gia!

Photo of Chuqui
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Awesome idea, Gia!!!

Photo of Alexandra Slabakis
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Love this! It is so rewarding to work with girls and see them get excited over technology. Kudos for making a huge difference.

Photo of Gia Mar Ramos
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It is my passion. Being a mentor is rewarding in so many ways. Love it. Thank you for your feedback.

Photo of Sarah Holcomb
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Hi Gia! Thanks for sharing about your project — this is incredible! I especially like how you’re focusing on encouraging girls in tech to innovate solutions to real-world problems. As you seek to expand your “ripple effect” and spark change in communities across the Caribbean, I’d suggest connecting with other young changemakers who are doing similar work across the U.S. like Ashley of She STEMs, Jacqueline of STEM Queen, and Shivali of Girl Genius Magazine. I look forward to following your changemaking journey!

Photo of Gia Mar Ramos
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Thank for your feedback. It is nice to heard more girls talking about inclusion in technology. Best of luck!

Photo of Avika Patel
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Hi Gia! Your program is so amazing! I also run an AspireIT Program in Southern California so it's amazing to see girls in STEM encouragment :)

Photo of Gia Mar Ramos
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Thank you, Avika!!!

Photo of sophie crowder
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Always great to see other girl-empowering programs! Stay the course and together we can make a difference! : )

Photo of Gia Mar Ramos
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Thank you!

Photo of sophie crowder
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Maybe we can collaborate someday! Kindly check out our project @itgirls_hq on Instagram when you get the chance. --Sophie

Photo of Gia Mar Ramos
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Of course. My program is @GirlInnovationpr on Instagram. Keep in touch.

Photo of sophie crowder
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Definitely!