“Girls in Tech” Conference is coming to MHC.

Girls in Tech organizers

The Mount Holyoke College computer science department will host high school girls from across the state at the first-ever Girls in Tech Conference on campus March 6.

The conference, beginning at 9:00 am Sunday, March 6, will include workshops, brainstorming sessions, pitching sessions, and lightning talks featuring women in prominent positions in tech fields.

Srishti Palani ’18, one of the conference organizers, said the group founded the conference to offer opportunities for high school students in both suburban and rural areas where computer science courses are not as prevalent. Participants will come from Granby, South Hadley, Springfield, and across Massachusetts.

“In the 21st century, jobs are moving to the technology sector, but female students are not being equipped with the skills they need to compete in this job market,” said Palani. “As students at Mount Holyoke, where women’s education was pioneered, we want to bridge the gap and equip more women to enter this vigorously growing industry.”

The conference will culminate in a challenge where small groups will pitch startup ideas to a panel of prominent women in the industry and faculty members. Prizes will include a spot in Girls Who Code’s Summer Immersion Program. Lawyer, writer, entrepreneur, and advocate Kat Calvin ’05 will lead the closing ceremony.

Learn more about the Girls in Tech conference.