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College: More than just class

College: More than just class

This is part of Break Through Tech Chicago’s series of HOW columns, which tell how women in technology got where they are today and how we can increase the presence of women in technology tomorrow — in “her own words.” by Arpita Kumari, UIC ’21 My college career...

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Advancing tech for the common good

Advancing tech for the common good

by Kirsten Janson As the world becomes increasingly driven by the Internet of Things (IoT), many researchers are concerned with ensuring that technological progress promotes the common good. This was the topic of discussion for a group of students who sat down...

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Chicago organizations invest in the future of 115 Sprinterns

Chicago organizations invest in the future of 115 Sprinterns

Break Through Tech Chicago proudly welcomes its inaugural group of host organizations for Sprinternships, unique micro-internships that seek to transform the career trajectories of women (cis and trans) and nonbinary students at the University of Illinois Chicago...

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Knowing what’s right

Knowing what’s right

This is part of Break Through Tech Chicago’s series of HOW columns, which tell how women in technology got where they are today and how we can increase the presence of women in technology tomorrow — in “her own words.” by Johnnalee Kutzke “How did you end up in...

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In a flashback to childhood, the start of a career

In a flashback to childhood, the start of a career

This is part of Break Through Tech Chicago’s series of HOW columns, which tell how women in technology got where they are today and how we can increase the presence of women in technology tomorrow — in “her own words.” by Doris Espiritu The rapid growth of technology...

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For great tech, start with people

For great tech, start with people

by Andrea Poet Sometimes, skipping a step is good. You might get done faster, with a little bit less work. Not so with “design thinking,” a process that 96 Break Through Tech Chicago participants experimented with in Winter Guild. Design thinking is often called...

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Cecilia Avila, UIC CS ’20, wins GET Chicago Fellowship

Cecilia Avila, UIC CS ’20, wins GET Chicago Fellowship

by Andrea Poet Cecilia Avila, a fall 2020 graduate of UIC’s computer science program, is part of GET Cities’ inaugural cohort of the GET Chicago Fellowship program, which launched this month. GET stands for Gender Equality in Tech. As one of 20 area women to receive...

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A big “YES” to computer science changed my life

A big “YES” to computer science changed my life

This is part of Break Through Tech Chicago’s series of HOW columns, which tell how women in technology got where they are today and how we can increase the presence of women in technology tomorrow — in “her own words.”  by Naomi Kaduwela, Head of Kavi Labs I had just...

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Finding your power — and using it to lift others

Finding your power — and using it to lift others

This is part of Break Through Tech Chicago’s series of HOW columns, which tell how women in technology got where they are today and how we can increase the presence of women in technology tomorrow — in “her own words.” This month's author, Sarah Ather, was...

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Coding a gender remix for the next generation

Coding a gender remix for the next generation

This is part of Break Through Tech Chicago’s series of HOW columns, which tell how women in technology got where they are today and how we can increase the presence of women in technology tomorrow — in “her own words.” by Gina Gerace, current senior, UIC computer...

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