6 Women Rocking Tech for Good

6 Women Rocking Tech for Good

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Folks, I figure it's really important to highlight women who are really making positive changes across the tech sector. These people aren't often given the recognition they deserve. If you're able, please support 'em and follow them on Twitter. They're the real deal.
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1. Jessica Greenwalt, CoFounder & Lead Designer of CrowdMed

While in high school, she started a freelance design company which grew into an international design and web development firm, then Founded Pixelkeet, the world's only "parakeet run" graphic design & web development firm.

More recently, Jessica CoFounded CrowdMed, whose approach and health care innovation helps people to overcome obstacles and silos that exist within the medical establishment – empowering patients and assisting doctors who simply cannot know everything about every medical condition. CrowdMed helps diagnose medical issues faster and more accurately – not only improving outcomes, but saving lives.

2. & 3. Alice Brooks and Bettina Chen, Founders of Roominate

Alice grew up playing in her dad’s robotics lab and made her first toy when she was only eight years old. When she asked her dad for a Barbie, he gave her a saw instead. So she made her own doll out of wood and nails! As a young girl, Bettina loved Lego and built cities filled with spaceships with her older brother. More recently, Bettina has conducted research on bionic contact lenses and worked as an electrical design engineer at Discera and KLA-Tencor.

Alice and Bettina are changing the way girls play and learn through Roominate, our innovative line of wired building toys for girls. Roominate is designed to get girls ages 6+ excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). With Roominate, girls practice hands-on problem solving, spatial skill development, and get an intuitive introduction to circuits. Roominate blends creativity, engineering, design, and fun.

4. Rose Broome, Founder & CEO of HandUp

Rose is passionate about using the power of technology to create social change. She came up with HandUp after passing a woman sleeping on the street in the winter of 2012 and wanting to see a new way to give. Rose loves organizing the community and has been active in groups like Science Hack Day and Food Not Bombs.

HandUp is a direct donation system for homeless people and neighbors in need that lets you donate to a specific person via their web profile and SMS. Funds can only be used on basics like food, medical care, and housing. HandUp is currently in a pilot with 100 homeless people in San Francisco in partnership with Project Homeless Connect.

5. Grace Garey, Donor Ops at Watsi

Grace is obsessed with the idea that connecting people will change the world. Before she started working on Watsi, she studied post-conflict development in Ghana, lived in a hospital in India, did humanitarian advocacy in DC, and launched a student outreach program at Kiva that generated over $5M for entrepreneurs in its first year.

Watsi is a global crowdfunding platform that enables anyone to directly fund healthcare for people around the world. They're made up of a team of developers, doctors, and marketers building Watsi because they believe that everyone deserves healthcare.

6. Pooja Sankar, CEO & Founder, Piazza

Pooja was one of three women in her undergraduate Computer Science class at IIT Kanpur (India). She had grown up in an all girls high school, and her 50 male classmates had grown up mostly in all boys high schools. She said, "We were too shy to interact with one another."

Pooja explained that she started Piazza so every student can have that opportunity to learn from her classmates. Whether she's too shy to ask, whether she's working alone in her dorm room, or whether her few friends in her class don't know the answer either. She wants Piazza to be a remedy for students who are not given the intellectual space, freedom, or support to fulfill their educational potential and desire for learning. Piazza is designed to connect students, TAs, and professors so every student can get help when she needs it — even at 2AM.

 

Who would you like to see added to this list? Add your suggestions to the comments, and my team and I will take note. Thanks!

 

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14 Comments

Chris Williams

There are two additional women that should certainly be on your list. One is Jane Silber at Canonical, and the second is Jayshree Ullal at Arista.

Both women have done an exceptional job of guiding their organizations into an entirely new technology era, and both are at the top of the list in their repsective markets. Each provide next generation products and forward thinking solutions that are delivering on advertised promises.

Stephanie Won

Janice Levenhagen-Seeley, Chicktech.org. She runs an organization empowering high school girls in the STEM field. The program is 100% volunteer run, as well as operate 100% based on the kind and generous donations of our partners, sponsors, and individual contributors. We provide mentorship and internship programs for a year, technology-centric, hands-on, project based curriculum, and events and workshops in computer science for the underrepresented and underserved female population.

Go to http://www.chicktech.org. There is a SF chapter that launched last Nov 2014 BayArea.chicktech.org. Contact me if you have any further questions at Stephanie.won@chicktech.org. Please do take a look.

Thank you.

Maja Vukoja

Mary Ward! She was scientist from Ireland. Worked on first microscops.

Abbie Lundberg

Susan Scrupski. Susan is an entrepreneur who founded the 2.0 Adoption Council and Change Agents Worldwide. Her new venture is Big Mountain Data, using data science solutions to help in the fight against family abuse and violence. They're creating a national open source repository of repeat offender data and making it available to law enforcement, social service organizations, universities, and state and federal agencies. http://www.bigmountaindata.com/

Charlie Isaacs

I would add
@6Gems: @BlackGirlsCode
@SuzanneDiBianca: Salesforce Foundation
@lepitts: LesbiansWhoTech
@reshmasaujani: @GirlsWhoCode
@blublakwomyn: Oakland Hub

jim p white

I have witnessed an amazing "Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship, started as a draft and now a national solutions crossing new dimensions in Veterans and Family members find resources!
Katherine Webster the http;//vetsintech.co campaign is all walk, and little talk resolving a homerun for transition geek vets finding new paths! I salute all who added their vetsin tech to their list. ((Salutes)) jpw, SFCA.

Peter Mullen

Melinda Briana Epler- Change Catalyst
Kimberly Bryant – Black Girls Code
Adriana Gascoigne – Girls-in-Tech

gulrukh

I would like to recommend Reshma Hyder – founder mifam to be added to the list.

Ash952

Yes, I would strongly Recommend adding Reshma Hyder and her co-Founder of MiFam to be added to this list. Check out MiFam here: http://mifam.co/

deeba salim

Hello everyone, a great and impressive list. I do know of someone who I feel should be here too. 'Women rocking tech for good', I feel is incomplete without a mention of Reshma Hyder and Laila Qureshi, founders of MiFam, need based internet security for family. A super concept, much needed in today's world. You can check their website : http://mifam.co/

Zeba

Reshma Hyder,super active,super energetic, high tech mom,and now a co-founder of #Mifam to keep up with internet/media.

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