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Volunteer Spotlight

01/19/2019 Mapping for Humanity: Using Digital Mapping to Better the World TechShop Recap

March 21, 2019

Written by volunteer writer Alison Perch Maps play a crucial role in our everyday lives, helping us tell stories and make better decisions. Ross Bernet, a project manager Azavea, uses maps regularly at work and co-teaches a University of Pennsylvania course on web mapping. To help share his expertise and love of maps, Ross decided to teach “Mapping for Humanity: Using Digital Mapping to Better the World,” a TechShop held on January 19, 2019. The workshop introduced the girls to OpenStreetMap, or OSM. “OSM is like a Wikipedia of maps. Anyone can edit and contribute to it,” Ross explains. During…

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01/12/2019 Designing Mobile Apps TechShop Recap

March 13, 2019

Written by volunteer writer Amy Freeman The mission of TechGirlz is to "inspire middle school girls to explore the possibilities of technology to empower their future careers." One way to see that inspiration in action is to look at what many TechGirlz decide to do once they graduate from the program. Many, such as Lindsey Davis, remained involved with TechGirlz. They join the Teen Advisory Board and serve as TAs during workshops. Lindsey is 17 and a member of the Teen Advisory Board. She recently lead the Designing Mobile Apps workshop in Bryn Mawr. She was familiar with the topic…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Mercedes Petrellis

February 28, 2019

Written by volunteer writer Alison Perch For Mercedes Petrellis, technology is essential in organizing and improving processes. As a program & project manager at an IT consulting and software development company, Mercedes oversees large-scale IT projects, using both agile and traditional approaches. Technology -- including WordPress, infographics, digital presentations, Salesforce, and social media -- is a key component of Mercedes’ day-to-day work. She also supports projects related to IT infrastructure, Software as a Service, and cloud technologies. Though Mercedes now loves working with technology, she didn’t specifically seek out a career in tech. Mercedes’ parents encouraged her to pursue a…

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12/22/2018 You Can Be a Photographer: Photography for Marketing TechShop Recap

February 21, 2019

Written by volunteer writer Amy Freeman When people think of careers in technology, they might envision a job as a computer programmer or working as an electrical engineer. But in this day and age, technology extends beyond constructing hardware and software. Working with technology also means understanding how to use it to connect with audiences and to market products. Today's advertisers and marketers rely on technology as much as people working on apps or designing websites. Near the end of December, a group of middle schoolers in Cleveland, Ohio got a chance to see firsthand how they could use technology…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Nicole Jostes

February 12, 2019

Written by volunteer writer Alison Perch As an office manager at a technical consulting company, Nicole Jostes gets to interact with people who have an array of technical interests. She was inspired to connect her workplace to an organization focused on helping girls learn about technology. Nicole liked the idea of working with middle school girls, so she contacted TechGirlz and set up a workshop. She notes that it was fun and easy to get started. “Their setup is super flexible, leaving your group to be able to customize it as much as desired. Males are also good teachers for…

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