Supporting women and girls in tech with community, education, and inspiration.

Who We Are

ChickTech was founded in 2012 to engage women of all ages 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 participants, including girls, women, and men.

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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 who would not otherwise have thought of themselves as capable of succeeding in a high tech career.

Many women 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 women and girls 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 careers for girls and young women is critical, both to the industry and to their lives. We provide learning opportunities and a supportive community to female-identifying students in order to broaden participation in tech and provide equitable opportunities for all.

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For Professionals

ChickTech: Career is a series of woman-focused, continued education and social events held throughout the year including: workshops, conferences, and Meetups. Whether you’re launching a new career or a seasoned professional, these events help build technical and professional expertise while creating a supportive community among adult women.

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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) 2020 is an action-packed conference where talented womxn and allies can build skills, grow their community and accelerate their career path. Join us on August 26-28 with other professionals in tech for speaking sessions, hands-on workshops, one-on-one coaching sessions, a career fair, and so much more. We welcome people from all backgrounds and genders! To learn more, please visit act-w.org.

Get all the benefits of ACT-W… from the comfort of home!

Launching in February 2020, ACT-W+ gives tech fans from around the country the chance to experience ACT-W content no matter their location. Check out what we have planned at act-w.org/plus

For information about ACT-W event sponsorship opportunities across the nation, please contact [email protected].

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Demonstrate your commitment to gender equity in your community. Connect with a ChickTech chapter near you.

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