Hannah and Rachael Tipperman, juniors at the Baldwin School and founders of Robot Springboard, have been awarded the #include Fellowship from the Stanford she++ (pronounced “She Plus Plus”) organization. The award includes an all-expense paid trip for each girl to Stanford University and Silicon Valley. This year’s event is taking place April 3-5.
The girls will have the opportunity to meet industry professionals, tour some of the world’s top tech companies including Facebook and Google, take a programming class and experience firsthand the ins and outs of Silicon Valley. They will also be able to give a presentation on their work. Only 30 students from the United States were awarded this fellowship.
Founded in January 2012, she++ was Stanford's first conference on women in technology. In April 2012, they hosted a lineup of inspirational women in tech — from companies such as Google, Facebook, Dropbox, and Pinterest, among others — and more than 250 attendees on Stanford's campus. After positive feedback from attendees, mentors, and the press, they decided to expand she++ into a full-fledged community that inspires women to empower computer science. Through a number of initiatives, the organization aims to create community and momentum for female technologists.
One of the goals of she++ is to demystify the stereotypes around technology and make the field of computer science more accessible to high school students who will make up the workforce of the future. Through the #include Fellowship, the organization empowers students to pursue this incredibly rewarding path. The #include Fellowship program provides resources and content to students who wish to cultivate their own technical skills and facilitate conversations within their communities about computer science and the importance of diversity in technology.