Tag Archives: Michigan Council of Women in Technology

Auto Tech, STEM Education, Women In Tech On Today’s M2 TechCast

ROYAL OAK — Visits with several regular guests will make up three-quarters of the Monday, July 17 M2 TechCast.

Continue reading Auto Tech, STEM Education, Women In Tech On Today’s M2 TechCast

MCWT Hits $1M Mark In Scholarships For Women In Tech

DETROIT — Eleven technology-oriented women received scholarships at a Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation event on June 20 in Birmingham. The women are pursuing degrees that will prepare them for future careers in areas such as cyber security, machine learning, software engineering and bioinformatics.

Over the past 12 years, the nonprofit has awarded nearly $1,033,000 to fuel the educational pursuits of 135 of the state’s future technology talent. A strong network of partner companies who support a diverse IT industry in Michigan makes the program possible.

“If I can put aside financial concerns, I intend to focus on volunteering in student outreach programs to enable other girls in Michigan to take more interest in technology-related fields,” said Shazeen Biviji, who plans to study computer engineering at the University of Michigan. “By partaking in more MCWT activities, I can hone my skills as an engineer, make lasting connections with others, and encourage younger girls to develop an interest in coding.”

MCWT’s 2017 scholarship recipients include:

  • Friends of MCWT Foundation Scholarship: Allison Hurley and Ashley Risinger
  • MCWT Lifetime Achievement Scholarship: Saika Islam
  • MCWT Scholarship: Nouralhouda Baalwi, Eleanor Epskamp-Hunt, Renee Paniccia, Ayah Awadallah, Shazeen Biviji, Khansa Alhaidi and Dejamaree Davis

Breanna Howey, Alhaidi, Awadallah, and Davis received laptop scholarships.

“Computer science is a crucial building block of today’s world of technology,” said Islam, a future University of Michigan student who realized she wanted to study coding and computer science during the MCWT-sponsored Girls are IT! program. “I’m amazed by how a few simple lines of code can lead to the creation of some of the world’s most powerful machines. I want to be a part of this extraordinary process. I want to change the world through my keystrokes, as well.”

Scholarship donors this year included MCWT partners Continental, Consumers Energy, Credit Acceptance, Dell, Oracle and NiTS Solutions.

“Surpassing the $1 million mark in scholarships is a big milestone for MCWT,” said Carey Pachla, president of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation. “It’s an example of our mission in action – inspiring and growing women in technology – and the power of bringing together businesses and academic leaders to promote the pursuit of meaningful and rewarding technology careers. Diversity in IT will continue to strengthen Michigan’s economy.”

MCWT’s efforts to inspire and grow women in technology in Michigan are fueled in part by 90 partners who provide scholarships, event support and Foundation programming throughout the year. Diamond elite, diamond, emerald, platinum, gold and bronze partners include: Ford Motor Co., General Motors, FCA US LLC, Ally, AT&T, Cisco, Dow, Epitec Inc., Fujitsu, IBM, STG, Accenture, Credit Acceptance, Consumers Energy, Covisint, Executive Search Partners,  Fast Switch Ltd., Intel, NetApp, NiTS, Nutanix, TD Ameritrade, VMWare, Blue Care Network, Deloitte, Delphi, Dynatrace, KLA Laboratories, Lawrence Technological University, Meijer, Mercedes Benz Financial Services, Oracle, Quicken Loans, University of Detroit-Mercy, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Vertiv, Wayne Country Community College District, Wayne State University, Access, Acro, Amway, AppDynamics, CA, Chrysalis, Comerica, Commercial Progression, Dell, EMC, GTB, Harman, HP, HMG Strategy, Information Builders, Meta7, Microsoft, New Horizons, Okta, Ost, Plante Moran, Pega Systems, Ricoh, RSA, Secure 24, SIM, TEKsystems, Whirlpool, AMI Strategies, Career Builder, Cherwell, Cognizant, Continental, Davenport University, Gordon Food Service, Grand Circus, Henry Ford Health System, JDM, Lightower Fiber Networks, Netlink, OnStar, OpTech, Randstad, Red Level, Saginaw Valley State University, Softura, Spectrum Health, Thirdware, V2Soft, We Build Character, Web Savvy Marketing, and ZF TRW.

MCWT supporters also contribute to scholarships through Friends of MCWT.

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation strives to inspire and grow women in technology fields, aspiring to make Michigan the No. 1 state for women in technology. The organization supports Michigan’s female IT workforce, students, corporate partners, schools and the overall community with programming, scholarships, networking, learning, mentoring, and technology experiences. Find more information at www.mcwt.org and connect via LinkedIn and Facebook.

MCWT, CIOs Convene to Discuss the ‘Internet of Life’

NOVI  – More than 800 technology professionals from Michigan met Wednesday at the Suburban Collection Showplace to hear Ford Motor Co. President and CEO Jim Hackett and other business leaders discuss how mobility and connectivity are shaping the future.

The executives explored the concept of “the Internet of Life,” where ubiquitous connectivity transforms lifestyles and Business models. The event centered on using technology and innovation to make people’s lives better.

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation hosted the 5th annual Executive Connection Summit, sponsored by Ford, FCA US LLC, and General Motors.

Continue reading MCWT, CIOs Convene to Discuss the ‘Internet of Life’

Tech Startups, Co-Working On M2 TechCast

ROYAL OAK — A lineup of small business and entrepreneurship experts will provide the latest information on a wide variety of business topics on the Monday, Feb. 27 edition of the M2 TechCast podcast.

Continue reading Tech Startups, Co-Working On M2 TechCast

M2 TechCast Tackles Cyber Security, Angel Investing, Women In Tech, And More

SOUTHFIELD — Cyber security, women in technology, angel investing and a new opportunity to get your company’s news out via web video.

All are on the agenda for the Monday, Nov. 7 edition of the M2 TechCast.

The show kicks off at 3 p.m. Eastern time at http://www.podcastdetroit.com.

The first guest will be Justin Coffee from the Troy IT provider Red Level, discussing what business can do to modernize and protect from cyber attack.

Next up is longtime Michigan technology executive Kathleen Norton Schock, who will give us a report on the recent Michigan Council of Women in Technology Signature Gala event, and interview Julie Christ, founder and CEO of Tech Smart Solutions.

Then, Melih Oztalay of Birmingham’s SmartFinds Internet Marketing will discuss the technology behind MITechNews.Com’s video news and ReelCast projects.

The show wraps up with David Weaver of Great Lakes Angels, and details on the three companies pitching at the angels’ next meeting Nov. 15.

The M2 TechCast airs live on the internet from 3 to 4 p.m. Eastern time each Monday at http://www.podcastdetroit.com. And you can listen to past episodes by clicking on http://www.podcastdetroit.com/artist/mi-tech-cast/.

The M2 TechCast is hosted by Mike Brennan, founder and publisher of Michigan Technology News, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of the university news bureau at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield. Both have covered high-tech in Michigan as journalists for more than 20 years.

The M2 TechCast is part of Podcast Detroit, a network of more than 50 locally produced podcasts on a wide variety of topics, anchored by IT in the D. the nation’s No. 1 tech podcast, which regularly draws more than 500,000 listeners a week. IT in the D airs live Monday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

Michigan Council of Women In Technology Foundation Expands to Grand Rapids

DETROIT  —  The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation has recently expanded, developing a West Michigan presence to further its mission to inspire and grow women in technology throughout the state. Four sponsors – Meijer, Open Systems Technologies, Gordon Food Services and Spectrum Health – have now joined the nonprofit from Michigan’s west side, to contribute to furthering the cause of diversification in the STEM field.

“To realize our vision of becoming the No. 1 state for women in technology, we need to expand our membership beyond our metro Detroit core,” said MCWT President Cindy Warner. “An enthusiastic, dedicated volunteer base mobilized to bring important professional development events and a selection of MCWT’s K-16 programming to the Grand Rapids region.”

Continue reading Michigan Council of Women In Technology Foundation Expands to Grand Rapids

MCWT Seeks Nominations for Leading Women in IT

DETROIT – The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation is seeking nominations for its inaugural MCWT Woman of the Year in Technology award, to be presented at the organization’s Signature Gala Nov. 5 at Motor City Casino’s Sound Board theater.

The nonprofit organization will recognize a woman in Michigan leading or driving change for women in information technology careers or fields of study.

Continue reading MCWT Seeks Nominations for Leading Women in IT

MCWT Hosting 12th Annual Summer Tech Camp

DETROIT — Metro Detroit girls from grades five through eight will design apps, create video games, and program robots at an interactive technology camp made possible by a grant from Ford Motor Co.

Presented by the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation, Camp Infinity will run July 20-24 at Wayne County Community College district’s Mary Stempfle University Center in Harper Woods.

Continue reading MCWT Hosting 12th Annual Summer Tech Camp

MCWT Names Winners Of Girls Website Design Competition

DETROIT — Eighteen high school girls took home $2,775 in combined prizes in the Michigan Council of Women in Technology’s ninth annual girls’ website design competition, held Dec. 6 at Blue Care Network’s auditorium in Southfield, the culmination of a two-month-long program.

During the event, finalists (pictured above) demonstrated their websites to a panel of IT executives who volunteered their time as judges, evaluating each presentation and the sites’ clarity, functionality, graphic appeal, user-friendly navigation and innovation.

Continue reading MCWT Names Winners Of Girls Website Design Competition

Finalists Presenting Saturday At MCWT Website Competition

DETROIT — The Michigan Council of Women in Technology will conduct its ninth annual girls’ high school student website design competition Saturday, Dec. 6.

Finalists will present their webstie designs to a panel of IT executives from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Blue Care Network auditorium, 20500 Civic Center Drive in Southfield.

Continue reading Finalists Presenting Saturday At MCWT Website Competition