Earlier this year, Geoff Livingston and myself shared a post on the state of women in the tech industry, and why/how the situation could improve.
The posts sparked quite the discussion across the web, with great points being made from both sides of the coin, and the likes of Robert Scoble becoming involved.
Since then, we’ve been working on an idea behind-the-scenes to support the initiative even more. And on May 5, the Thursday before Mother’s Day, we’re going to do just that. So, a little bit of background.
Supporting NextGen Tech Women
Organized by interactive firms Bonsai Interactive Marketing, RAD Campaign and Zoetica, our tweets for Nextgen Tech Women will seek to raise $25,000 from the online social media and technology communities, and an additional $25,000 in matching donations from leading technology companies. The organizing committee is comprised of Allyson Kapin, Danny Brown (me), Geoff Livingston and Julie Pippert.
Proceeds will fund the National Center for Women In Technology ?s 2011 and their Award for Aspirations in Computing, which recognizes young women in high-school for their computing- related achievements and interests. By generating visibility for these young women in their local communities, the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing encourages their continued interest in computing, attracts the attention and support of educational and corporate institutions, and emphasizes at a personal level the importance of women?s participation in computing and IT.
Since 2007 the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing has publicly recognized over 850 young women aspiring in computing. The award has drawn interest from nearly 6,000 young women that self-identify as interested in careers in computing.
So How Can You Help?
Obviously one of the ways to help is via donations, to help us reach our $25,000 goal. We’ve been speaking with corporate sponsors and partners, and it looks like we may have a matching donor, so the amount raised could be as much as $50,000. Obviously, if we can raise more, all the better!
You can also share this post and what we’re trying to do with your friends, families, colleagues and more. If you’re sharing on Twitter, we’re using the hashtag #ngtechwomen.
On the day itself – just one week from today – we’re going to be rallying on Twitter primarily, but also elsewhere, and sharing stories and examples of who the program has benefited so far.
We’d also love to hear of examples of who you feel are great women in tech. It could be your; your mother or daughter or sister; a friend; or a stranger you admire.
There are some great women in tech right now, but so often new entrants are put off by peer pressure; views that it’s a guy thing; and more. Were hoping to encourage girls to follow the career path they really want in tech.
Ready to help too?
PS – As a special fun “competition”, if you like, everyone that donates $50 or more will go into a draw and someone will get a very cool package – worth at the very least $200 – from me as a thank you for your support.