Code Rise for Girls – Grant Awarded!

Code Rise for Girls – Grant Awarded!

With great excitement, we would like to tell you that we have been awarded one more grant! VGIF (Gildersleeve International Fund) provides small grants for grassroots projects that empower women and girls in developing countries. They make an annual calling for “Grant Seekers” and for the past cycle and, along with Andrea Cornejo co-founder of Code Rise, the proposal for Code Rise For Girls was presented! And today we have been notified that the grant was conceded for this amazing project =) We would like to thank greatly to Jessica Freundt from Intel, Rosario Robinson from the Anita Borg Institute and Naseem Ehsan from MentorMe, since they were asked for references and were kind enough to answer timely and with super cool letters :) Let’s celebrate! Because really really cool things are coming =)...
My Experience in the Women Startup Weekend

My Experience in the Women Startup Weekend

A post by Jessica Cotrina -WiT Perú Volunteer =) It all started when Women in Technology Perú, represented by Rosa María, showed up at my University (Universidad Privada del Norte-Cajamarca). Her objective was to speak to us, as there are few women studying a career that is technology oriented, and to break with this paradigm. This reality is very noticeable in Cajamarca and their provinces, which is why I became very interested on the subject, and wanted to keep in touch and learn with them through social networks. I am very eager to know about the publications they make on the Facebook page of WIT Perú, as these always share something important and of my interest. And this is how, one day, I saw their publication on the Women Startup Weekend – Lima, which attracted my attention, as it was a great opportunity to share your business idea and make it happen, or verify whether it is viable or not. Thanks to the support of the girls from WIT Perú, I was awarded with a scholarship to assist. I did not think it twice and decided to go! I arrived on the second day of the event, saturday. They already had pitched their businesses ideas and I decided to join a group to help on anything I could. The group I joined was CURVY, a great and innovative project: I believed in it and in what they were doing. This group was composed by: Franti Huamán, Karen Pinzás, Mariella Yauri, Fiorella Arias, and me, Jessica Cotrina. On this group I learned a lot: teamwork, responsibility, patience and love for what we were doing. I also learned other things like: which kind of design should an application have (colours,...
DrupalPicchu: Women in Drupal

DrupalPicchu: Women in Drupal

This past January 20 – 24, DrupalPicchu was held in Cusco. It was the first international event made by the Drupal community in Latin America. WIT Perú was present participating as part of the “Women in Drupal” panel. We had an intense week in Cusco: sightseeing, organising the Women Startup Weekend and participating of the DrupalPicchu. We had to make a visual table to keep track of all the pending tasks! Cusco welcomed us with a hailstorm and a little drizzle, those that you don’t see in Lima. We had to rush and get an umbrella and a raincoat. A high contrast with the hot summer we are living in the coast. Of course this didn’t stop us from having a little fun and get to know some more of this marvellous culture :)   But, coming back to our reason to visit the imperial city, we were in the Universidad Andina del Cusco to share with the community. I have the bad luck to get lost in universities the first time I go to them (happened in the PUCP, in UPC, ULIMA, the Ricardo Palma… and I guess you can get the idea), so that is why I am immensely thankful for the event banners present signalling the way :) The second day was the keynote and the “Women in Drupal” panel. The idea of it was to ease conversations that look for the community to be more inclusive. I had the pleasure to share it with Nancy Contreras, Molly Byrnes, and Holly Ross. I was surprised by the number of questions asked by the audience and the interest it created. Even after  the talk we kept on discussing and changing ideas. The idea was...
She++ Documentary and Panel Discussion

She++ Documentary and Panel Discussion

Andrea was representing Women in Technology Peru at the University of North Carolina in the panel discussion of the She++ documentary. The main theme of the panel discussion focused on why there are few women in Computer Science (Computer Engineering, Software Engineering), which means there is a lack of diversity in work groups in careers related to technology. Andrea mentioned in the panel that women offer a different perspective work teams, and that women often think in our community when creating a new product. Also, Andrea highlighted the importance of knowing what is programming from an early age, to draw the attention of girls and break the “fear” that exists related to a career dominated by men. The panel involved two professors at the University of North Carolina and a software engineer for Google, which they said is the only Ingenierio woman working in the office of North Carolina, despite all the benefits that a career in technology gives women. The panel also named some of the activities that have led them to publicize what is programming in schools and in other countries. Andrea had experience in Technology Women in Cajamarca Peru. For more information on our project Reaching Out Peru: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_Y2WVJ0Vs0   More information on the panel: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/event/she-documentary-screening-and-panel-discussion You have not seen the documentary? You can see it here:...
Register for the Startup Weekend Women

Register for the Startup Weekend Women

In June 2013, much of the team participated in the WiT Peru Lima StartUp Weekend that was held at the University of Lima on 21,22 and 23 June. The central idea a Startup Weekend is to create your enterprise on 54 hours for this event type have the perfect opportunity to apply the methodology “Lean Startup”, offering countless facilitators who help you land your ideas, receive feedback and also to work in teams multidisciplinary. For us it was a great experience, do not miss the opportunity to participate in the First Women Startup Weeken Lima, to be held during the 24th, 25th and 26th January at the local Starscamp and which WiT Peru will co-organizer. * Feedback to info@witperu.org to get a discount coupon (limited time)....
WiT Meetup November 2013

WiT Meetup November 2013

On Saturday November 30th, we made the last meetup of the year in offices Taller Technologies in Lima. Karen presented counting activities and achievements of Women in Technology in 2013 and plans for 2014 Rosa Maria presented a topic that inpires us much @ s: The leadership and participation of women in technology, during the presentation there were many moments of very interesting conversation, which it surprisingly enriched the meeting on opportunities for collaboration to because there are so few men involved in similar organizations WiT We had the visit of Pamela Canchanya and she told us about her experience during the past nearly seven months working at ThoughtWorks and the things that inspire and some points on how to keep that motivation as simply attend events of interest, share knowledge (part coaching in a workshop), search models roles and be in constant search of things to learn. Finally we present the Volunteer WiT Peru, which has as main objective to involve more stakeholders in the projects we have planned for 2014.   Thanks for joining! Photos by Jhoon We thank to Taller Technologies for the venue and...