Margot Littlehale, Manager, Corporate Communications for Yahoo’s DC office says,“Our team was honored to host the 2015 TechGirls at Yahoo’s DC office. What an impressive group of young women!”

During a 3 week exchange this summer,  the TechGirls met with tech companies, participated in hack-a-thons, and completed a tech bootcamp.

As part of the program, each participant has committed to developing a community-based tech project that they will continue once returning to their home country. These projects range from developing a robotics project to help people with disabilities, to a donation drive to benefit local causes, to building their own mobile app.

“I had the pleasure of kicking off the day with an overview of Yahoo and our efforts to make the world’s daily habits inspiring and entertaining. Two of my colleagues from the Public Policy team – including Nicole Alexander Mortier, Yahoo Director of US Government Relations, and April Boyd, Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs – spoke about Yahoo’s approach to privacy, security, and patent reform and explained why these issues are fundamental for all tech companies, regardless of size.

It’s not often that you get to be part of a group of 35 women who all are passionate and committed to pursuing careers in the tech industry. It was truly an incredible experience.”

TechGirls is an international exchange program first launched by the U.S. State Department in 2012. Participants range in age from 15-17, and come from multiple countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, including Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia and is administered by Legacy International.

Read more about the TechGirls in Yahoo News at “Tech-Loving Girls from North Africa and Middle East Descend on US”