annual report 2017
What is #CET?
Chicas en Tecnología is an NGO that aims at closing the gender gap in technology by promoting, motivating, and training the new generation of innovator girls in technology and entrepreneurship.
Our goal is that teenage girls consider technology as an ally to fulfill various purposes, from thinking about technology as a means of expression to considering it a possible solution to an array of issues across their communities.
Sustainable Development Goals
On September 25, 2015, UN member states, together with citizens and NGOs, adopted a set of 17 global goals to ensure prosperity for all, as part of a new sustainable development agenda.
Each goal has specific milestones that are to be reached by year 2030.
In Chicas en Tecnología, we are currently working on 7 of such goals
partnerships for the goals
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Achieve gender equality, and empower all women and girls.
Empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of their condition.
peace, justice, and strong institutions
Promote peaceful, fair, and inclusive societies.
decent work, and economic growth
Promote interest on technology startups, TI careers, and those with a social impact.
industry, innovation, and infrastructure
Enhance scientific research, and upgrade the technological capabilities of industrial sectors in all countries, encouraging innovation.
in mass media, spreading our message
attended our talks, events, and conferences
prototypes of apps with
mentors and ambassadors
We became a civil association!
We generated a network of peers, ambassadors, and mentors to support our program grads. This network is open to them for as long as they want to participate. Girls get free opportunities to continue learning, both in person and through virtual platforms. This year, we completed several activities: we put together a career panel and a professions round table; learned how to use APIs to enhance PUMM applications; organized a talk event to understand the different areas within a technology team in a large business; carried out social activities for grad girls to meet each other and generate a network of support and friendship; conducted a startup workshop; and visited the Centro Cultural de la Ciencia (Science Cultural Center).
We launched #ClubesCET, an integral, free and open educational proposal, aimed at positioning young women as producers and creators of technological solutions with an impact on their communities. We expanded across the whole country!
The Voice of the Actors
We published the report “Las Voces de las Protagonistas” (The Voice of the Actors) with the aim of contributing to the related debate and education agendas. We also created a publication detailing the results of the latest two PUMM editions (2015 and 2016), based on the surveys completed at the beginning and at the end of the program by the 75 participant girls, who developed prototypes for 25 apps to solve a problem in their community.
An event to give visibility to outstanding women in the industry triggered the idea of expanding the concept to generate visibility of other outstanding women in history (both present and past) who have been key for the advance of technology.
The fourth edition of PUMM (Programando un Mundo Mejor, Programming a Better World) was carried out in Area 3, with the participation of 30 girls from both private and public schools. We also implemented a totally renewed and updated educational proposal for the Program.
Through a debate forum with representatives from the technological startup environment, the academic universe, and the public in general, including actors from the civil society, NGOs, businesses and universities, we launched the "Las voces de las protagonistas" report. We even got to be trending topic with #DatosCET! A special thanks to Gustavo Cucuzza, Agustín Porres, Yas García, Maria Teresa Lugo, Mariana Brandeburgo, Lalo Zanoni, Agustín Morad, Mercedes D'Alessandro, Melina Jajamovich for joining us, and all our colleagues who also contributed to thinking about and debating the results.
We carried out the fifth edition of Programando un Mundo Mejor in Mulesoft, with 27 girls from 11 schools, who programmed solutions to solve problems such as the gender gap at work, missing people, and low performance at school, among many others.
Developers for Good
In this experience, the girls were mentored and supported by programmers and change agents to further develop their digital prototypes.
Professional Profiles and Background
We started developing the first survey that gathers and systematizes quantitative information from educational institutions, technology businesses, and public entities across the country in relation to the presence and academic training of women in areas related to programming. Our Goal? To build an unprecedented open and public database in Argentina on this subject matter.
We carried out the sixth edition of Programando un Mundo Mejor in J.P. Morgan with 30 girls from 10 schools who programmed solutions to solve problems such as the lack of integral sexual education, food waste and abandoned animals, among many others.
“I’ve realized I am interested in programming, and I want to keep on learning about technology so I can get to know more and more and develop new things. If somebody else was able to do it, it means I can do it too. If nobody else was able to do it, it means I need to be the first one.”
PUMM 2017 grad
“I knew nothing about programming, I did not like it. But after PUMM, I am totally fascinated with it and with the impact we can have on society.”
PUMM 2017 grad
“With Clubes de Chicas en Tecnología, I’ve learned to expand my view of the existing problems in our community.”
ClubesCET 2017 grad
“With Clubes de Chicas en Tecnología, and through the apps they develop, the girls get to easily realize that they are tech creators, and not just users, which unleashes their creativity.”
Marisol Santillán, #ClubesCET Ambassador
Girls who took part in our programs
tech solutions that continued developing through programs offered by incubators and accelerators.
% of the girls
who participated in our programs say they want to continue studying something related to technology.
% of our grad girls
want to collaborate with Chicas en Tecnología as a volunteer or an ambassador
so that girls can continue developing in technology.
ANABEL CEJAS, 18 years old, PUMM grad
#ClubesCET Mentor. Acamica Scholarship-holder
“I want to take advantage of this amazing opportunity; I like programming very much, and this will serve me well in the future. This knowledge can help me through my university studies, and I would also resort to this when looking for a job and in future personal projects.”
AGUSTINA CABRAL, 16 years old, PUMM grad
Digital House Scholarship-holder
“I am still months away from graduating from high school, and one of the options I consider for my studies is something in the field of technology. I think this is a big opportunity to learn, and keep on building up knowledge.”
MARIA EUGENIA ROMERO, 15 years old.
Tecnokids Robotic Course Scholarship-holder
“I appreciate the fact that we are informed of new opportunities for our education in technology. Without their efforts for motivating girls to be interested in technology, and specifically through the creation of PUMM, those opportunities would have goneunnoticed for me. Thank you so much.”
In 2018, Chicas en Tecnología is committed to expanding their mission to the whole country, with the aim of motivating and promoting technological and entrepreneurial skills in teenage girls, building installed capacity through local ambassadors, and influencing communities, educational settings, and economies. In order to achieve this goal, we will continue developing #ClubesCET, #PUMM, #ComunidadCET, and talk events. We will also continue generating knowledge, and contributing to the public agenda with our research initiatives, data, publications, events, and media promotion. We will further the institutionalization status of the organization in order to ensure the quality and continuity of all our actions, which are always focused on increasing the number of girls who will be part of the next generation of innovator and entrepreneur women in technology with a social impact.
Our NGO is made up of an excellent team of professionals from different fields such as technology, programming, entrepreneurship, design, and education, who work as consultants and volunteers.
Marcela Behmer Pelz
programs and technology
A huge thanks to:
The mentors who joined Programando un Mundo Mejor this year. Meet them
The #ClubesCET ambassadors: Jennifer Vershoor, Andrea Bruder, Paola Murad, Melania Ottaviano, Marisol Santillán, Gonzalo Bide, Analía Girardi, Gladys Cabral, Martín Mammoli, Rubén Fiorini, Susana Giambruni, and María del Carmen Caltana. Meet them
A big thank you to Fede Ulbrich! And also to Sol Landa, Carolina Amarillo, Azucena Zhou, Luli Martin, and Paz Arando, for joining our programs as volunteers along the year. Special thanks to Cecilia Galarza, Laura Acion, Patricio Rocca Huguet, Stephanie Cabobianco, Euge Lopez, Milena Rosenzvit, Ayelen Anesse, Martina Scapola, Guido Vilariño, and Vanesa Cillo for supporting the proposals and initiatives launched by Chicas en Tecnología.
Thank you, Maren Lau, Mariana Brandeburgo, Luciana Bermejo, Victoria Hitce, Ron Choi, Martin Frenkel, and Carolina Cueliche for your support.
Thank you to Ricardo Sametband from La Nacion, Mai Pistiner and Maria Florencia Aza from UNO.ar, Silvina Molina from Telam, Lalo Zanoni from El Cronista, Santiago Bonavena from Paka Paka, Nathalie Jarast from Revista Brando, and all other journalists for demonstrating their interest through the media.
Thank you to Gustavo Cucuzza, Agustín Porres, Yas García, Maria Teresa Lugo, Mariana Brandeburgo, Lalo Zanoni, Agustín Morad, Mercedes D'Alessandro, and Melina Jajamovich for joining our debate forum 2017, and to all our colleagues who also contributed to thinking and debating results.
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All our programs and initiatives are free and open to girls, educators, and educational institutions thanks to the support and sponsorship of our partners, who are committed each day to closing the gender gap in the tech startup universe.