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2017 Pass It On Award Winners Announced

AnitaB.org is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Systers Pass It On Awards.

The Pass It On Awards program honors Anita Borg’s desire to create a network of women technologists helping one another. Women in computing from around the world apply for this award to receive a cash prize of up to $1,000 each. This award, which is funded by the Systers community and others, allows the winners to “pass on” the benefits of the award and fund their own projects to support other women in technology.

This year, we had a total of 10 award winners, all of who found unique approaches to supporting women and encouraging them to join and stay in the STEM fields. Jean F. from Boston, MA, for example, provides personalized STEM-themed storybooks to inspire young girls to study computing, while Chao M. started a computer science mentorship program at Kenya Methodist University in Nairobi.

“I am motivated to attract more women to computer science,” said award winner Dilushi P. from Negombo, Sri Lanka, who conducts computer science workshops for young students. “Dr. Anita Borg’s example and advocacy caused many women to join the technical revolution — not just as bystanders but as active participants and leaders, and I believe I am one of them.”

Learn how you can donate to the Pass It On Awards program. Check out all of our 2017 Pass It On Award Winners below!

Jean F.
Project: CuSTEMized
Jean’s project allows users to create personalized STEM-inspirational storybooks for their children.

Michelle G.
Project: Techtonica
In addition to organizing computing workshops for women, Michelle started a project called Techtonica which will help companies fully cover students’ training and living costs and then hire them.

Ghada I.
Project: The WIT List
Ghada’s WIT List is a searchable online directory of organizations, meetups, and groups aimed at women and girls in STEM.

Jafrina J.
Project: Dyuti
Jafrina created Dyuti as a way to provide unprivileged children with computer skill training.

Chao M.
Project: Mentorship Program at Kenya Methodist University in Nairobi
Chao created a mentorship program to encourage more female students to join and stay in the field of Computer Science.

Melissa M.
Project: Bayesian Networks
Melissa’s project analyzes, quantifies, and better provides statistical probabilities for crimes of violence, creating a safer environment for women.

Dilushi P.
Project: #include orph
Dilushi’s project will provide access to computer science education and CS-related opportunities.

Graciela R.
Project: STEM Talks: Girls Equality & Computing Technologies in Mexico
Graciela’s project supports high school girls in Mexico who have no previous or minimum experience in computing but who are interested in studying it.

Lakshmi S.
Project: Transform women-headed NGOS in South India
Lakshmi aims to transform women-headed grass root level NGOs in South India in internet technologies for overall growth and development.

Kristen W.
Project: Umbrellables Workshop
Kristen’s workshop will teach women about creating wearable technology as well as the role of computing in the creation of wearable electronic projects.

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