May 9, 2007

More than 200 educators, administrators, and industry leaders from across the country will gather in Boulder at the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Summit on K-12 IT Education next week with the mission of improving the state of K-12 technology education.

"We're bringing in some of the nation's top academic and industry talent to tackle the problem of declining student interest in computing, which presents a threat to the innovativeness and competitiveness of our future workforce," says Lucy Sanders, NCWIT's CEO and Co-founder. "This Summit will generate ideas for how to improve IT education and in particular how to keep girls interested in computing."

Guest speakers at the Summit and the Community Reception immediately following will include Colorado Lt. Governor Barbara O'Brien, University of Colorado Chancellor Dr. G.P. "Bud" Peterson, entrepreneur Jared Polis, representatives from Denver and Boulder public schools, Girl Scouts of the USA, the Computer Science Teachers Association, the National Science Foundation, the College Board, Business Roundtable, IBM, Microsoft, and Motorola. Jared Polis will present the inaugural NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing to seven local high-school girls, recognizing their achievements and encouraging the study of computing.

WHEN: May 15, 2007, 8 AM – 8 PM

WHERE: University of Colorado at Boulder UMC

Community Reception, Folsom Field Club Level

NCWIT works aggressively to increase girls' and women's participation in information technology (IT). NCWIT member institutions include Avaya, Bank of America, Catalyst, Carnegie Mellon, Cisco, Girl Scouts of the USA, Girls Inc., Georgia Tech, Google, Harvard, HP, Intel, IBM, Lehman Brothers, MIT, Microsoft, Motorola, the National Science Foundation, University of Texas at El Paso, Pfizer, Princeton, Sally Ride Science, Spelman, Stanford, Sun, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, Wal-Mart, and many more.