ChickTech is a national non-profit organization serving thousands of girls and women every year through tech programs and events:

 

We facilitate hands-on monthly technology-centric workshops to educate, empower, and increase the confidence of women and girls.  Through our workshops we empower participants to see themselves as leaders and provide networking and mentoring opportunities in the rapidly growing high tech industry.

Our Vision and Mission

We envision a safe, inclusive, and innovative technology future that includes equal pay, participation, and treatment of women. We are dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers.

What makes us different?

  • ChickTech works on both the pipeline (K-12) and retention side of the “women in tech” issue. This means that volunteers aren’t just giving their time and energy to our K-12 program, but are also getting what they need to stay in the tech industry.
  • Our high school program, our signature programs, is targeted toward girls who do not think of themselves as technical, but have the aptitude to do well in it. We find the girls who are not opting into other programs and we change their idea of who they can be and who a technologist is–most of our attendees have never coded or created a tech project before. After they take part in our program, 2/3 of them go on to other tech opportunities.
  • The high school program is also a yearlong series of opportunities, so they build a sense of community and belonging while gaining many informal mentors throughout the year.
  • All genders are welcome to volunteer for all of our programs and attend all events for adults (our K-12 programs are a girl-only environment).

ChickTech: High School Participants

ChickTech: High School participants working on building and programming a computer at Free Geek in Portland. Photo by Beth Shea Palmer.