NGCP Participates in the First White House Codeathon!

On Monday, December 17, 2012, the White House hosted its first Codeathon! Twenty girls (six girls from the Mid-Atlantic Girls Collaborative/National Girls Collaborative Project) from the DC metro area partnered with a talented pool of developers and designers to brainstorm concepts for the Equal Futures App Challenge. This challenge saught to address the root causes of why women seek out civic leadership positions less than men. From inspirational talks highlighting how elected positions create unparalleled opportunities for societal change to exciting app proposals, this event introduced technology as mechanism for female empowerment, but also as a medium for modern day governance.

By identifying two spheres of influence: (1) How are girls using technology? and (2) What are the primary obstacles for women to become involved in leadership positions?, professionals and students built a solid platform to conceptualize how problems could be addressed in a technological environment.   

What are the primary obstacles young women face pursuing leadership positions?
  1. Lack of information (unknown unknowns)
  2. Lack of Role Models
  3. Intimidation/Sexism
  4. Lack of interest
  5. Financial barriers
  6. Lack of connections
How are girls using technology?
  Mobile PC
Platforms Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, SMS Websites, emails
Comments “Use mobile apps to browse information, catch up with what’s going on.”

Unanimous – “We text to get in touch with each other.”

I probably won’t read an email if it’s from a company.” “I normally find information through things I already care about like an online design magazine.”

 

 

 

After an intensive brainstorm, participants were split into nine teams for app wireframing. Professionals guided student suggestions into a feasible framework for app development. What were the results? Exceptional ideas from dynamic collaboration!

After an intensive brainstorm, participants were split into nine teams for app wireframing. Professionals guided student suggestions into a feasible framework for app development. What were the results? Exceptional ideas from dynamic collaboration!

Concluding Presentations: 

Team 1: An app that connects students to professionals and provides role models narratives and job/internship opportunities for girls.

Team 2: An app to get girls interested in politics and campaigning – a management tool to help build a profile and connect with others running for office. What has been successful and what hasn’t?

Team 3: A “fortune cookie app” designed to show women that they are visible, supported and inspired

Insp-her-ation!

 Team 4: An app that identifies leadership skills through daily activities, reminding girls they are leaders on a daily basis.

MAGiC Co-Lead Elizabeth Vandenburg presents with local high school students.

 Team 5: An app that visualizes biographical information of role models

Imagery Builds a Lasting Narrative

 Submissions for the Equal Futures App Challenge are due January 14, 2012.