Thursday, August 27, 2015

Akron Women in Tech

Akron Women in Tech
By Rachel Krantz & Stephanie Baker

Kevin Wirth and Monette Richards founded Akron Women in Tech in July of 2014. They each noticed that they rarely worked alongside women in their jobs, and they started the group to create a network of women in Akron interested in programming, having fun, and building a community.
Since the first event, the group has grown to more than 200 members and has hosted more than 25 events, including presentations ranging from Basic Web App Security to introductory HTML/CSS.
They’ve also expanded their offerings to include quarterly workshops and monthly hack nights, which are an open forum for people to work on independent projects collaboratively. At the last hack night, two people got new websites up and running, one person was connected with potential job opportunities, and another brought up her idea for a tech company she wants to start and got feedback from other attendees.
And that is exactly the kind of energy AkronWIT wants to continue to grow in Akron.
In the upcoming year, AkronWIT is looking to:
  • --Set up a mentorship program for their members
  • --Help women who currently work in tech continue to advance in their careers
  • --Host on-site tours with companies looking to hire junior programmers
  • --Create a scholarship fund to send women to developer conferences across Ohio
  • --Form a network for women who want to start their own businesses
  • --Make Akron the place to be if you are a woman who wants to work in tech
AkronWIT just gained incorporated nonprofit status, which better positions the group to achieve these goals. It’s also going to allow the Akron community to support AkronWIT along the way.
If you’d like to promote more diversity in tech and want to be part of a supportive tech community, we’d love to meet you.

Please join us at The Nightlight Cinema on August 31st, and celebrate our first year and future with the AkronWIT community!
Please RSVP on meetup by August 28th. We hope to see you there.

More Upcoming Events from

September 16th - Part II of Jump into Javascript
September 24th - Hack Night
September 26th - Wordpress Workshop - $45 for 5 hours of instruction – lunch included
October 21st – Become Agile with Heather


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