TechGirls, a U.S. Department of State initiative, is an international exchange program designed to empower young girls to pursue careers in the science and technology sectors.
TechGirls was first announced in 2011, on the heels of the successful first year of TechWomen, a mentoring program that pairs emerging female leaders with top American women in the technology sector.
The TechGirls exchange program aims to inspire girls from the Middle East and North Africa to pursue higher education and careers in technology through hands-on skills development.
Since June 2012, 52 teen-age girls (ages 15-17) from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen have travelled to the United States for a three-week exchange. While in the United States, TechGirls participate in an interactive technology and computer camp, join a techcompany for a day of job shadowing, and participate in community service initiatives.
The TechGirls program builds on the U.S. global commitment to advance the rights of women and girls around the world.
Follow the day by day activities of the TechGirls @ TECHGIRLS BLOG.
The 22- day TechGirls program is designed with skill-development workshops and interactions with America’s most innovative tech professionals as well as 50 hours of study at iD Tech Camp. The TechGirls program improves the participants’ ability to enter tech fields and gain access to higher education.