Supporting people of marginalized genders in tech with community, education, and inspiration.

Who We Are

ChickTech was founded in 2012 to engage youth and adults of marginalized genders in the technology industry while working to create a better technology culture for all.

We build communities, empower participants to see themselves as leaders, and provide networking and mentoring opportunities in a rapidly growing industry. ChickTech has made a direct impact on tens of thousands of people of all genders, ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

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Our 2019/2020 Impact

This past year was a time marked with numerous changes, at ChickTech and beyond. At ChickTech, it began with the transition of new leadership; globally, it culminated with the wide-reaching impact of COVID-19 and the continued, rising voice of social justice movements. Check out our highlights from this year:

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Chapters

ChickTech currently serves youth and adults in 15 volunteer-led chapters throughout the United States. Our list of active chapters reflects the ever-changing ebb and flow of local programs based on the availability and networks of our passionate, hard-working volunteers.

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Volunteers

Volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization. Inspired by ChickTech’s mission, our volunteers are vital to executing free and low-cost programming serving thousands of youth and adults of all genders across the nation.

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Events

We ran 155 events and workshops for youth and adults, aimed at building confidence, increasing interest in tech, and creating a supportive and empowering community. With the onset of COVID-19 in the spring of 2020, we began offering programming online through our Virtual High School programming and ACT-W webinars and events.

8,418

Hours of Learning

Our students spent a whopping 8,418 hours participating in fun, hands-on, inspiring ChickTech events. From 3D printing to website design; from the technology of oceanography to robotics, each workshop empowered its participants to create the future of tech.

1,622

Participants

We’re building a national community that brings together thousands of youth and adults of all genders annually through our events and workshops. By connecting and supporting each other, we all have more strength to push change in our own lives and in the technology community.

$859,494

Raised

Through generous donations and sponsorships from corporations and individuals, we raised over $800,000. This allowed us to strengthen our programs, increase the number of students and adults served across the country, and continue changing the culture of technology for the better.

Stats and figures from recent 2019/2020 fiscal year annual report (view here).

What We Do

A crucial aspect of all our programs is finding women and non-binary individuals who would not otherwise have thought of themselves as capable of succeeding in a high tech career.

Many people of marginalized genders do not reach their potential in STEM because they thought it was too difficult—or did not have role models in the field. By increasing our participants’ self-confidence and interest in technology, we increase the number of adults and youth of marginalized genders who aspire to technology careers, shaping the workforce of today AND tomorrow to have the diverse skills and perspectives needed for the industry to thrive.

For Students

ChickTech believes that providing access to technology education for girls and non-binary kids is critical, both to the industry and to their lives. We provide learning opportunities and a supportive community to students of marginalized genders in order to broaden participation in tech and provide equitable opportunities for all.

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For Professionals

ACT-W (Advancing the Careers of Technical Women) is a series of woman-focused, continued education and social events held throughout the year including: networking events, online and in-person workshops, conferences, and our ACT-W+ online membership platform. Whether you’re launching a new career or are a seasoned professional, ACT-W events help build technical and professional expertise while creating a supportive community welcoming of all genders.

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For Companies

ChickTech helps companies create a more empowered and inclusive workplace. When companies partner with ChickTech they demonstrate that they are responsible leaders working to create a world in which people want to do business, and a world in which people want to live.

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Advancing the Careers of Technical Women

Presented by ChickTech, ACT-W (Advancing the Careers of Technical Women) 2021 is an action-packed conference where talented people of all genders can build skills, grow their community and accelerate their career path. Join us virtually on July 26-30 for technical sessions, DEI (diversity, equity & inclusion) talks, hands-on professional development and leadership workshops, one-on-one career coaching, a career fair, and so much more. We welcome people from all backgrounds, skill levels, ages, and industries! To learn more and register, please visit act-w.org.

ACT-W+ | Your home for tech-focused professional development

ACT-W+ gives technologists from around the country the chance to experience ACT-W content year-round while expanding their networks of support. Learn more and become a member at plus.act-w.org

For information about ACT-W Conference and ACT-W+ sponsorship opportunities across the nation, please contact us at [email protected]

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