ChickTech is dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers. We do this in two ways. First, we facilitate hands-on technology-centric programs and events to empower, support, and increase the confidence of women and girls. Through these, we build community, empower participants to see themselves as leaders and technologists, and provide networking and mentoring opportunities in the rapidly growing high tech industry. Second, we work to change the culture of the technology industry to ensure a welcoming and equal environment for all people.
Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to growing computer programming education. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.
Code/Interactive is a nonprofit that inspires the next generation of tech leaders from underserved communities with teacher professional development, school partnerships, entrepreneurship and mentorship events, and student opportunities.
codeSpark’s mission is to ignite curiosity about computer science and turn programming into play. The company was inspired by co-founder Grant Hosford’s young daughters, two STEM loving ninjas who wanted to learn how computers work. codeSpark is backed by Idealab and Kapor Capital. Their award winning virtual world called "The Foos" teaches the ABC’s of computer science through a combination of structured challenges and open-ended play. Characters and gameplay are carefully crafted to be gender neutral. The “no words" interface has allowed kids as young as 4 years old in over 150 countries to play. Geek dad founders Grant Hosford and Joe Shochet are both successful entrepreneurs. Grant is an expert in marketing and customer acquisition and Joe has been building world class kids' experiences for two decades.
The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. The College Board serves students and their parents, high schools, and colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. The College Board is committed to equity, and achieves this through various studies of its tests, such as a longitudinal test comparing SAT-Verbal scores of men and women.
College Options Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to students of military families, cadets in JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) and students interested in STEM disciplines. COF also serves a diverse community of students who derived from underrepresented and often underserved communities. Through project based learning, COF exposes and engages students in STEM pathways.
The Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is a membership organization that supports and promotes the teaching of computer science. CSTA provides opportunities for K–12 teachers and their students to better understand computer science and to more successfully prepare themselves to teach and learn. Founded by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in 2004, CSTA has grown into a dynamic and vibrant organization of professionals interested in supporting computer science education in K-12. We are developing new programs focused on the “Big IDEA” (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) to support computer science education for all students.
Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge will be the leader in connecting students and mentors to develop world changing solutions.
Honoring the legacy of Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr., the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge was formed in 2008. The Challenge brings together a dynamic community of innovators and entrepreneurs driving a collaborative movement to develop extraordinary and viable solutions to benefit our world.
CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for district technology leaders. For over two decades, CoSN has provided leaders with the management, community building, and advocacy tools they need to succeed. Today, CoSN represents over 10 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education.