When 16-year-old Serenity’s grandmother passed away from cancer, she was devastated. But it was also the catalyst to drive her to pursue a career in technology, hoping that someday she might find a cure.
Maddie, who’s 15, wants to be a biomolecular engineer when she grows up, so she can help people like her brother, who has a heart condition. And 14-year-old Tatania wants to build websites and apps so she can provide a voice for those who don’t have one throughout communities in Houston.
These are just a few of the girls whose essays earned them a ticket to Tech Me to the Movies last month. The free event in Houston featured a special showing of Hidden Figures, along with a panel discussion with minority women in the tech industry. It was meant to inspire girls of color to seek careers in technology.
Attendees enjoyed appetizers and mocktails, along with a three-course meal during the private screening, as well as opportunities to be interviewed on the pink carpet, their take on Hollywood’s red carpet.
Krystal D. Carter, the founder of the cloud applications consulting firm Danny Kay Cloud, came up with the event idea after hearing about the film Hidden Figures and thinking about her own experience as a minority woman in the tech industry.
Not only does Krystal believe the event was a success and that the girls who attended felt inspired to pursue careers in the tech field, she plans on holding similar events in the future.
Tech Me to the Movies was co-hosted by Danny Kay Cloud and WHYS Girls (Women Helping Youth Succeed) and sponsored by Salesforce® and Skuid. Want to see no code app customization in action? Get a free one-on-one demo.