THIS TUTORIAL HAS REQUIREMENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS LISTED BELOW
ChickTech will conduct a hands-on workshop for attendees to combine art and open hardware to create “soft circuits”. As with any ChickTech-led workshop, it will be welcoming to women and involve a project that participants can take home!
We’ll use microcontrollers, LEDs, sensors, conductive thread and art supplies to make a creation that will teach you the basics of circuits and programming.
ChickTech has run this workshop for high school young women and career-level women in the past, and it is always a smashing success.
TUTORIAL REQUIREMENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR ATTENDEES
* There will be an additional charge of $50 when you register for this tutorial. This fee will go to ChickTech, a Portland-based non-profit, to help cover hardware costs. You will be provided with the kit onsite at the conference with proof of registration.
The number of participants is limited, so don’t let someone take your place!
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Jennifer Davidson is Program Manager for ChickTech, a nonprofit geared toward getting more girls and women interested and retained in technology careers. She is a PhD candidate in Computer Science with a minor in Aging Sciences at Oregon State University. She is currently working on research related to involving older adults in the design and development of open source software. Her research bridges the fields of human-computer interaction, open source software communities, and gerontechnology. She is also the Community Manager for Privly, an open source project related to internet privacy.
Janice is the Executive Director of ChickTech. She has a BS in Computer Engineering from Oregon State University and an MBA from Willamette University. She believes strongly that the diversity and strengths that women can bring will push high tech to even more impressive heights. Her inspiration for creating ChickTech came from her own experiences in computer engineering and the realization that the percentage of women in engineering isn’t going to get higher by itself.
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