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Girl Scouts, video games, and women in IT history April 25, 2013

Posted by Jane Fritz in Uncategorized.
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It seems that we can’t complain that people everywhere aren’t trying different ways to encourage more girls to think IT. But we’re still waiting to reap the rewards.

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‘Women in IT’ is back in the news.  Girl Scouts in Los Angeles can now work towards a new merit badge in video game development.  They’re the first Girl Scout (Guide) chapter to introduce this, developed in conjunction with WIGI (Women in Games International), and they’re hoping that the enthusiasm will spread.  WIGI’s goal is to get young girls interested in technology and science and spread the word that girls too can have a future in video games – along with all other tech fields.  Another organization that works hard to show girls that technology is just as much fun for them as for boys is Girls Who Code.  Last fall Girls Who Code ran an 8-week program in which participating girls got the amazing chance to demonstrate their apps at the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan, and share what they had learned and accomplished.  What an experience.

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Courage to Act™ programs, Stretch, Strength and Stillness April 24, 2013

Posted by Jane Fritz in Opportunity.
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Courage to Act, the popular leadership program for women, has new sessions coming up later this year. Information is available on this new brochure, shown in (small) image form below. The brochure images below are a little hard to read.  You can get your own, easy-to-read version by downloading the pdf at this link:  Courage to Act 3S Spring 2013



Outsourcing, the IT industry, and talk-show radio April 13, 2013

Posted by Jane Fritz in Uncategorized.

In case you didn’t hear an upsetting response from an IT “expert” Anna Maria Tremonte had with her on The Current this past Tuesday morning, you should know what he said. How do we get the word out that he is wrong? Or is the damage done for that particular audience, who has already heard that there is no future in IT?

Robby Robin's Journey

Why is it that I have to keep being reminded – over and over again – that much of what we read or hear in the media is missing context.  Why is it that I continue, year after year, to read interesting points in newspapers and magazines and parrot back their position – unless I know better?  Why is it that I hear stories on the radio and take them at face value, even though when it is about a subject with which I happen to have intimate knowledge I know that they don’t quite have it right?  In fact, sometimes they have it dead wrong.  Why is it that, despite the number of times I am given the lesson to take what you read and hear with a healthy dose of skepticism, I continue to believe?  I guess I’m a patsy.

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Luncheon event in Saint John, April 24th April 11, 2013

Posted by Jane Fritz in April 2013, Event.
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On April 24th – please join us for lunch and discussions with Lisa Hrabluk. 

We encourage you all to come out to catch up with each other, make new acquaintances, and meet with Lisa.

When: Wednesday April 24th 2013 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Saint John Ale House (1 Market Square, Saint John, NB)
Speaker: Lisa Hrabluk
Please let your female colleagues know about this event by sending them to our web blog: https://nbwict.wordpress.com/
Register for free : Attendees will be responsible for purchasing their lunch. For our convenience, the Ale House will be offering their Express Lunch Menu. Please register: http://doodle.com/v26sq43axeup3kf7 

lisa-hsA little about Lisa Hrabluk:
Lisa Hrabluk is a writer and founder of Wicked Ideas, an early stage company that marries the scalability and analytic power of technology with human storytelling expertise to change the conversation around hot button issues. The product acts as the honest broker in the relationship between organizations that want -– or need – to change and the public that wants to help shape that change. In March 2013 Lisa completed the PropelICT Launch36 accelerator program, the first non-technical founder. Join us as she shares her experiences as a start-up entrepreneur and what artists and technologists can learn from each other. The digital age has made us all technologists. We need to be artists too.

Lisa is also an award-winning journalist. At the Telegraph-Journal she broke national stories about ICT innovations, energy, Aboriginal rights and the ambitions of the Maritimes’ political class. She is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio and Progress Magazine. She is the co-founder of Next NB and 21inc. Lisa lives in Rothesay with her husband, photojournalist Michael Hawkins, and their daughter Alexandra.

Looking forward to seeing everyone – please let us know you are coming by registering:  http://doodle.com/v26sq43axeup3kf7

Opportunity to volunteer at a Trades & Tech Gala for Girls, April 11 April 2, 2013

Posted by Jane Fritz in April 2013, Event, General Notices.
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If you might be available to share your career story with the girls and their families attending the upcoming Trades & Tech Gala for Girls at St. Stephen High School, 5:30-8:30 p.m., on April 11, please contact Kate McLean at kate.mclean@gnb.ca or (506) 462-5910.  If you know anyone who lives in the St. Stephen area who would be a good fit for this event, please pass along the details.  Anyone who has participated in these events has found them enjoyable and worthwhile. Thank you.

Computer Science at UNB offers a girls-only summer camp this year, Aug 19-23 April 1, 2013

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In case you have a daughter in grade 6-8 or know someone who does, please consider this new summer program, CyberGirlz. A link with the information included below can be found at http://iscx.ca/summercamp2013.

Join us this Summer!



Summer 2013

Cyber Girlz

“CSI: Cyber Security Investigation”

Summer Camp

(Grades 6-8)

August 19 – 23, 2013

CyberGirlz is a summer day camp designed for girls entering grades 6, 7, or 8. This is a hands-on learning experience that will allow you to explore the fun and exciting world of Internet security through a variety of hands-on activities including writing small programs, designing security measures for Facebook pages and smart phones, ‘break passwords’ competitions, and on-campus field trips.

Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Drop-off from 8:00 a.m. and pick-up by 5:00 p.m.)

Drop-off location: South entrance of UNB Computer Science Information Technology Centre (ITC) building on 550 Windsor Street

More information is coming …

For more information, please email Natalia Stakhanova at natalia.stakhanova@unb.ca or call her at 451-6967

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