TechGirls, a U.S. Department of State initiative, is an international exchange program designed to inspire and empower girls from the Middle East and North Africa to pursue higher education and careers in technology through hands-on skills development.
The TechGirls program builds on the U.S. global commitment to advance the rights of women and girls around the world.
Since its first year in June 2012, TechGirls has brought over 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 tech company for a day of job shadowing, and participate in community service initiatives.
Now in its third year, TechGirls 2014 will be better than ever. The 22-day program is packed 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, as well as offering them a rich cultural immersion experience.
Follow the day by day activities of the TechGirls @ TECHGIRLS BLOG.
Read Razan Marzouka’s (Palestine) story “Taking it to Heart and Action”. “Now that I’m back home, I’m preparing for the course that another TechGirl (Daniella Tanas) and I are going to teach at my school—IC3 (internet and computing core certification). I plan to continue creating websites and studying what I learned at iD Tech Camp. I hope that my contributions will help to create change in my country.”
Read Imene Maallem (Algeria) story ” I Wanted to Make a Difference”. “TechGirls was like a dream that I have just woken up from and now I have to share it with my community. I gained and learned a lot of things that not everyone has the opportunity to learn. I am so excited to apply what I gained, share it with others, and inspire talented people just like I had the opportunity to be inspired by great persons.”