5th Annual Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing Awards Commences



Via News Release

advance-it-logo_tagline“ST. PAUL – MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 13, 2016) – What’s the best way to support the next generation of tech enthusiasts? Recognize their talent and encourage them to pursue their dreams. That’s the goal of the fifth-annual Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing Awards.

But first, these future tech stars need to be identified. Here’s why: While women today comprise more than half of the U.S. professional workforce, they play only a small role in inventing the technology of tomorrow.”

To help address this gender and opportunity gap, and encourage young women interested in technology, Advance IT Minnesota is seeking young women in high schools across the state with emerging aspirations and accomplishments in technology, to apply for the Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing awards program online at http://advanceitmn.org/aspirations-in-computing-awards. Applications are being accepted through Nov. 7, 2016.

“Following a record-setting year of success in finding and supporting Minnesota’s best and most passionate female techies, our goal with the awards program is to continue to inspire more young women to get involved in technology,” says Russell Fraenkel, Advance IT Minnesota’s Director of IT Career Pathways and Partnerships. “Our workforce needs their creativity and innovation, and these women have a phenomenal opportunity to be the next generation of leaders and innovators in a rapidly growing field.”

Last year, the Minnesota awards program honored 30 winners and runners-up across the state for their computing-related achievements and interests, and an additional 22 young women received certificates of distinction. Additionally, one student was recognized at the national level.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) created the award in 2007 to encourage the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field and generate visibility for women’s participation in computing-related careers.

Awards will be made based on the interests, accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, and community involvement of young women in computing and technology-related activities. Prizes for the award winners include scholarships to attend Colleges and Universities of Minnesota State, tech devices, cash rewards, and paid internship opportunities at Minnesota businesses and organizations.

Students can submit applications for the award online at http://advanceitmn.org/aspirations-in-computing-awards through Nov. 7, 2016. Winners will be chosen in December 2016 and honored by sponsor partners at an April 2017 awards ceremony in Vadnais Heights, Minn.

All Minnesota applicants will automatically be entered into the national awards program. National winners will be honored at the 2017 Bank of America Technology Stars of the Future Showcase in March 2017.

Additional award program sponsors are being sought to support the collaborative efforts provided by the following 2015-16 partners: Logic PD, Veritas Technologies, SPS Commerce, Maverick Software Consulting, Land O’Lakes, STEM Fuse, Thomson Reuters, General Mills, Unisys, Twin Cities Chapter of the Association for Women in Computing, Pearson, Upper Midwest Security Alliance, Target, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN, SUPERVALU, Metropolitan State University, Bellmont Partners, National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), Securian, ESP IT, HelpSystems, Minnesota Computers for Schools, Microsoft, Girls in Tech – Twin Cities, PeopleNet, Nerdery, Information System Security Association, Minnesota High Tech Association-Women Leading in Technology, BDPA – Twin Cities, TECHdotMN, Genesys Works, Best Buy, Hennepin County, Tech IT Out! MN and Advance IT Minnesota.

For more information, contact Kristin Krone, MN Aspirations Committee, at 612-968-0177 or kkrone@mavericksoftware.com.