Applications for 5th Annual Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing Awards open Sept. 1, 2016

Applications accepted online Sept. 1 through Nov. 7, 2016

St. PAUL – MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 1, 2016)

What’s the best way to support the next generation of tech enthusiasts? Recognize their talent and encourage them to pursue their dreams. That’s the goal of the fifth annual Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards.

But first, these future tech stars need to be identified. Here’s why: While women today comprise more than half of the U.S. professional workforce, they play only a small role in inventing the technology of tomorrow.

To help address this gender and opportunity gap, and encourage young women interested in technology, Advance IT Minnesota is seeking young women in high schools across the state with emerging aspirations and accomplishments in technology, to apply for the Minnesota Aspirations for Women in Computing awards program online at https://mnstateitcoe.org/aspirations-in-computing-awards. Applications are being accepted through November 7th, 2016.

“Following a record setting year of success in finding and supporting Minnesota’s best and most passionate female techies, our goal with the awards program is to continue to inspire more young women to get involved in technology.”

–Russell Fraenkel, Advance IT Minnesota, Director of IT Career Pathways and Partnerships.

“Following a record setting year of success in finding and supporting Minnesota’s best and most passionate female techies, our goal with the awards program is to continue to inspire more young women to get involved in technology,” says Russell Fraenkel, Advance IT Minnesota, Director of IT Career Pathways and Partnerships. “Our workforce needs their creativity and innovation, and these women have a phenomenal opportunity to be the next generation of leaders and innovators in a rapidly growing field.”

Last year, the Minnesota awards program honored 30 winners and runners-up across the state for their computing-related achievements and interests, and an additional 22 young women received certificates of distinction. Additionally, one student was recognized at the national level.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) created the award in 2007 to encourage the computing aspirations of young women, introduce them to leadership opportunities in the field and generate visibility for women’s participation in computing-related careers.

Awards will be made based on the interests, accomplishments, demonstrated leadership, and community involvement of young women in computing and technology-related activities. Prizes for the award winners include Minnesota State college and university scholarships, tech devices, cash rewards and paid internship opportunities at Minnesota businesses and organizations.

Students can submit applications for the award online at https://mnstateitcoe.org/aspirations-in-computing-awards through Nov. 7th, 2016. Winners will be chosen in December 2016 and honored by sponsor partners at an April 2017 awards ceremony in Vadnais Heights, MN.

All Minnesota applicants will automatically be entered into the national awards program. National winners will be honored at the 2017 Bank of America Technology Stars of the Future Showcase in March 2017.

Become an Aspirations Sponsor

Additional award program sponsors are being sought to support the collaborative efforts provided by the following 2015-16 partners: Logic PD, Veritas Techologies, SPS Commerce, Maverick Software Consulting, Land O’Lakes, STEM-Fuse, Thomson Reuters, General Mills, Unisys, Twin Cities Chapter of the Association for Women in Computing, Pearson, Upper Midwest Security Alliance, Target, Blue Cross Blue Shield, SUPERVALU, Metropolitan State University, Bellmont Partners, National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), Securian, ESP IT, HelpSystems, Minnesota Computers for Schools, Microsoft, Girls in Tech – Minneapolis, PeopleNet, Nerdery, Information System Security Association, Minnesota High Tech Association-Women Leading in Technology, BDPA – Twin Cities, TECHdotMN, Genesys Works, Best Buy, Hennepin County, Tech IT Out! MN, and Advance IT Minnesota.

For more information, contact Kristin Krone, MN Aspirations Committee, at (612) 968-0177 or kkrone@mavericksoftware.com.

About Advance IT Minnesota

Advance IT Minnesota engages employers, educators, technology professionals and learners to develop a more robust IT workforce in Minnesota. A Center of Excellence within the Colleges and Universities of Minnesota State (formerly MnSCU), it is located at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Midway campus.

About National Center for Women & Information Technology

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a coalition of over 180 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to improve U.S. innovation, competitiveness and workforce sustainability by increasing women’s participation in information technology (IT). To find out more, visit www.ncwit.org

Apply online

Application period ... Sept. 1 - Nov. 7 2016

Step 1: Visit the NCWIT website.

Step 2: Create a User Profile.

Step 3: Log in and apply.