Aspirations in Computing

NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) provides a long-term community for female technologists, from K-12 through higher education and beyond, encouraging persistence in computing through continuous engagement and ongoing encouragement at each pivotal stage of their educational and professional development. Thousands of technically inclined girls and women are offered opportunities to learn through computing-related activities, network at virtual and in-person meetups, receive visibility for technical achievements, and grow leadership and entrepreneurial skills by leading computing outreach programs in their local communities. Additionally, they gain exclusive access to scholarships, internships, and job opportunities. All of these benefits are made possible by NCWIT Alliance Members, AiC peers in the network, and adult influencers who serve as volunteers and mentors. This collective investment is making a considerable and sustainable impact on future technology and innovation by increasing women’s meaningful participation.

The Aspirations program is supported nationally by Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, Bloomberg, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Northrop Grumman, and the Symantec Corporation. AiC serves 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and all U.S. military bases overseas. Find out more at



Award for Aspirations in Computing

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. This multi-tiered competition includes recognition at the national level (sponsored by Bank of America) and at the local level (sponsored by Microsoft). Applications for the 2016 Award for Aspirations in Computing are open from September 1 to October 26, 2015 (8:00 p.m. EDT). Find out more at

Aspirations in Computing Educator Award

The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award (sponsored by AT&T) publicly celebrates high school educators who encourage girls’ interest and participation in technology pursuits. Educator Award recipients form a national community of peers, share practices, and empower other educators to encourage the participation of girls in computing. Applications for the 2016 Aspirations in Computing Educator Award are open from September 1 to November 9, 2015 (8:00 p.m. EDT). Find out more at

Collegiate Award

The NCWIT Collegiate Award (sponsored by HP) honors the outstanding technical accomplishments of undergraduate women at the junior level or above by recognizing specific technical projects as the culmination of the students’ undergraduate computing career. Find out more at

Aspirations in Computing Community

The Aspirations in Computing Community (sponsored by Bloomberg) is a phenomenal network for technical women who receive benefits such as private invitations to virtual and in-person meetups, visibility for technical achievements, computing outreach programs in local communities for growing members’ leadership and entrepreneurial skills, hands-on activities for exploring computer science concepts, exclusive access to scholarships, internships, and job opportunities. Find out more at

AspireIT K-12 Outreach Program

The AspireIT K-12 outreach program (sponsored by Google, Intel, Northrop Grumman, and Sphero) connects high school and college women with K-12 girls interested in computing. Using a near-peer model, program leaders teach younger girls fundamentals in programming and computational thinking in fun, creative environments that are supported by program partners from the NCWIT community. The relationship between the program leaders and their program partners fosters mentoring with technical professionals, increases young women’s confidence in their computing abilities, and develops valuable leadership skills. Find out more at



People Involved: 

Ammi Ludwick

Aspirations in Computing High School Program Manager

Malia Fredrickson

AiC Community and Collegiate Award Program Manager

Jennifer Manning

AspireIT Program Manager

Bridget Quinn

Regional Affiliate Manager

Edie Cheng

Regional Affiliate Manager

Kathy Zettl-Schaffer

Regional Affiliate Manager