Aspirations in Computing is a talent development initiative of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). The program increases women’s participation in technology careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to aspiring technically inclined young women. Since 2007, NCWIT has inducted more than 2,300 young women into this unique community.
Counselors for Computing (C4C) is a four-year campaign through which thousands of students -- especially girls -- are introduced to computing and encouraged to pursue education and careers in IT. The C4C campaign informs and equips school counselors with up-to-date information and resources they can use to effectively encourage underrepresented groups to pursue education and careers in computing and IT.
The NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund awards members of NCWIT's Academic Alliance with start-up funds (up to $10,000 per project) to develop and implement initiatives for recruiting or retaining women in computing and IT. To-date, 34 member organizations have received a total of $415,450 over the first nine rounds. We thank Microsoft Research for their support of the Seed Fund.
The NCWIT Student Seed Fund, sponsored by Symantec, has awarded $41,750 to 68 student-run programs with funds to recruit, retain, and support women in computing. These groups have provided outreach, mentoring, peer support, training, and professional development opportunities to more than 1,750 elementary middle-school, high-school, undergraduate, and graduate students. We thank Symantec for its support for the Student Seed Fund.
The NCWIT Symons Innovator Award promotes women’s participation in information technology and entrepreneurship by honoring an outstanding woman who has successfully built and funded an IT business. By recognizing women IT entrepreneurs, the NCWIT Symons Innovator Award hopes to inspire others to pursue IT entrepreneurship, and increase awareness about the importance of women’s participation in IT innovation and business.
The annual NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award recognizes American and international Academic Alliance representatives for their outstanding mentorship, high-quality research opportunities, recruitment of women and minority students, and efforts to encourage and advance undergraduates in computing-related fields.
Sometimes you have to sit to take a stand. Sit With Me invites you to validate and recognize the important role women play in creating future technology by taking a small but symbolic action: sit in a red chair and share your story. Pull up a chair and listen to stories from others; men, women, technical and non-technical, as they sit in the red chair.