More than 100 young women and educators from across Nebraska and Iowa will take part in the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Information Science & Technology’s 2018 CodeCrush Summer Summit.
Now in its third year, the Summit will take place on Wednesday, June 12 and Tuesday, June 13 at The Mastercraft. Designed to diversify the technology workforce, the Summit introduces more middle and high school girls to potential careers in information technology and role models.
Attendees will go to workshops to learn about leadership, building inclusive communities, and having a career in technology.
Speakers include Jessica Zhang, an UNO alumna who is works in marketing analytics at Slack; a leadership panel from Union Pacific; and several other talented women making differences at companies such as Flywheel, West, IPG, and Gallup.
Since the CodeCrush program started in 2013, we’ve been able to introduce nearly 250 girls to the diversity of careers in computing and information technology.
- Deepak Khazanchi
“It’s amazing to see the growth this program has gone through over the years,” said Deepak Khazanchi, associate dean of academic affairs at the College of Information Science & Technology. “Since the CodeCrush program started in 2013, we’ve been able to introduce nearly 250 girls to the diversity of careers in computing and information technology. Of course, we haven’t done it alone. Our corporate partners recognize that it takes an entire community to move the sector forward and are working hard to help us grow the talent pool in Omaha.”
The CodeCrush Summit is part of a series of events put on by IS&T to help close the gender gap in IT. Twice a year, IS&T hosts a CodeCrush Immersion Experience for middle and high school girls and their mentor-teachers. Through this program, four CodeCrush alumni have received Scott Scholarships, 25% have enrolled at UNO, and 90% reported they planned on continuing their studies in technology. You can see more of CodeCrush’s successes here.
The CodeCrush Summer Summit is sponsored by The Peter Kiewit Foundation, TD Ameritrade, Olsson Associates and Flywheel.
About UNO’s College of Information Science and Technology
The College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha represents the joint efforts of the University of Nebraska, the State of Nebraska, and private industry to address the growing global needs for knowledgeable professionals in Information Technology (IT). The College was established at UNO in 1996 to meet the growing demand for IT graduates in the Omaha metropolitan and surrounding area, and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
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