Your Name and Title:
Kim Wilkens, founder & K-8 CS coordinator

School or Organization Name:
Tech-Girls & St. Anne's-Belfield School

Co-Presenter Name(s):

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: US

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): educators, students, parents

Short Session Description (one line): #TechGirlsChallenge: Spreading the Internet Health Movement

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
The #TechGirlsChallenge was launched at MozFest in London, October 26 & 27, the epicenter of the Internet Health Movement. I started Tech-Girls in 2012 as a way to channel my need to “do something” to address the gender gap in tech problem in my community. The idea behind the #TechGirlsChallenge is to empower anyone who is looking to “do something” to spread the Internet Health Movement to underrepresented youth with a resource they can use to get started. After testing the activities out at MozFest and Girls' Geek Day, we found they can have an impact with almost any age and are great conversation starters for how participants see the future of tech and their place in it.

In this session, I will share why addressing the gender gap in tech is a global issue at the intersection of technology, education and social justice. I believe that addressing this issue requires a top down and bottoms up approach. Mozilla's global Internet Health Movement provides the perfect catalyst for the grassroots #TechGirlsChallenge. Learn how you can use and adapt the activities from the challenge for your community.

The activities address the following Internet Health Movement issues:
Robotics, AI & Ethics: With advances in AI, it is more important than ever that we consider how humans and robots will interact. How do you want the robots of the future to behave towards you and others? Draft your own “robot zine” to share your ideas about what you would like robots of the future to do and what their code of conduct should be towards humans.

Privacy & Security: Explore what privacy and security mean by creating your own security avatar to battle for your privacy.

Digital Inclusion & Openness: All of our stories, ideas and creations should be welcome and celebrated on the internet. Create an original work of digital art that reflects diversity and/or openness to you and add it to our one-of-a-kind MozFest gallery.

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Can you add language that ties to our global mission? We need to see language that either connects to education for all or global aspects. Make some edits, and email me when you are ready for me to review this. 




Thanks for the feedback. I too often just take the global perspective of this issue for granted. I made some updates, let me know if they work.




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