The KCWiT TechWalk was first inspired by the viral hashtag #ThisIsWhatAnEngineerLooksLike. Founder Jennifer Wadella and the KCWiT team decided they should show Kansas City what women working in tech looked like. So we invited a diverse crowd of women to walk the catwalk. The TechWalk didn’t focus on fashion, but simply putting ‘faces’ to the roles we hear about.
This year, eighteen women from high school age to retirement age came to PlexPod Crossroads to show a crowd what they do! Jordin Silver from 96.5 The Buzz was our MC and there were smiles on every participant and attendee.
MC Jordin kept the mood upbeat and fun, adding improvisations to our participants’ biographies.
Krystal Cunningham is an Engineering Manager at Cerner. Her advice is “First, DO NOT be afraid to be your UNIQUE self! Second, your thoughts, ideas, and opinions MATTER and often help lead to solving the most difficult problems innovatively.” She adds “Start Now! Find problems that you care about saving and use technology to do so!
A couple of our participants were as young as 16. Hannah helps part time as a junior mentor at our program CoderDojo!
Ventura Rangel in Startland News
Hopefully [attendees saw] a familiar face, or someone they can relate to or hearing about a career path that looks exciting. We are giving them the tools that they need and encouraging them to step in and start exploring those opportunities for themselves
Kansas City Women in Technology is asking for help this year for #GivingTuesday and asking you to GiveUs5! Donate $5, pledge 5 volunteer hours or attend 5 events in 2019 so we can keep providing events like the TechWalk and Hour of Code.