Friday, January 4, 2013

Equal Futures App Challenge!

 As we start a new year, why not take up a new challenge?
The White House Council on Women and Girls has issued a challenge: The "Equal Futures" app challenge, "to create apps that inspire girls and young women to serve as leaders in our democracy." To that end, ElectNext is helping the White House organize a series of "mini-codeathon" events to take place around the country this Saturday afternoon. The goal of these events is to bring together middle and high school girls with seasoned technologists to work together in teams for a couple of hours to articulate problems, ideate solutions, UX prototype and, if possible, get coding!

White House staff will be joining us via video conference, including Sarah Hurwitz, speechwriter to the First Lady and Brian Forde, senior advisor to US CTO Todd Park. The apps submitted by the challenge deadline will be judged by a prestigious panel including Jack Dorsey (founder, Twitter and Square), Geena Davis (Actor), and others.  And, the Philadelphia community is coming together around this event in force, with members of TechGirlz, Philly Startup Leaders, Temple University, and other groups heavily involved.

It would be great to see the Penn tech community out in full effect!  Details of the event and more information about the app challenge are below.  Feel free to forward; you need not be female to attend.

White House Council on Women and Girls' Equal Futures App Challenge
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy
Cherokee Campus, 8000 Cherokee St.
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(SEPTA transport is available; if in a car, please park in the gold lot)
This Saturday, January 5
Registration at 12:30, White House call will begin promptly at 1pm
Food will be provided, please bring a laptop
RSVP: Keya Dannenbaum, and Rahilla Zafar,

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