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Conference Blurb 

Aloha and welcome to the 2020 Women of Color STEM Entrepreneurship conference! We invite you to join us for an opportunity to co-create and celebrate “Wahine: Culturally Responsive Collective Catalyst.” Wahine is the Hawaiian word for woman. This gathering, co-hosted by Arizona State University and Hawai’i Pacific University, brings together partners from diverse organizations and institutions across Hawai’i and the U.S. Youth, male allies, and women will collaborate and ideate on a collective impact model. This is a working meeting! Time will be spent:

 Collaborating with others and crafting system ecology maps

 Working with pre-conference adolescent girls to envision a new technological future

 Crafting ten-year actionable plans to transform computing pathways for girls from underserved communities  

 Navigating the ideation garden to experience the synergistic creativity that arises from working in outdoor spaces 

Conference Overview

A 2 ½ day (March 18-20, 2020) conference on The Big Island of Hawai‘i. The event is for Entrepreneurs, Academics, Educators, Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, College, and Graduate Students, Male Allies, Non-profit Leaders, and anyone interested in co-constructing action-oriented plans that transform STEM pathways for underrepresented girls/women of color. Attendees will participate in an ideation garden, systems mapping, engage in action-oriented dialogue, mentor girls of color attending the pre-conference, pitch competitions, ignite and inspire each other, and form new collective impact models.

Conference Logistics 

The conference will be held in Kona, HI (also referred to as “Big Island”) at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. While we realize you have many options for airline travel, we respectfully note that Hawaiian Airlines is one of the biggest airline employers of Native Hawaiian peoples and a proud sponsor of Hawaiian education programs and other arts based initiatives for Indigenous artists (for more information about this, please visit them here ). This airline includes the Hawaiian language, locally inspired food, as well as culturally meaningful practices in its customer service including information about tourist points of interest as well as complimentary Koloa Rum Punch for adult passengers over the age of 21 upon arrival to your destination.

Rooms are still available at the Conference Hotel. Be sure to reserve your room soon to take advantage of the conference pricing. 

Please note the conference hotels do not offer a shuttle service. You can arrange transportation to and from the hotel by taxi, ride sharing, or rental vehicle. Transportation Network Companies are allowed at Kona Airport including Lyft and Uber. Please note, you will need to download the app for these services and data/messaging may be needed to schedule services. Taxicabs are located curbside facing baggage claim areas A and B. For more information as well as taxi fare estimates, please click here . Lastly, if you prefer to have a personal vehicle during your stay, Kona airport has a generous offering of rental car agencies. You can find more information about car rental options here.

Girls in Tech Conference

The Girl-Centered conference is a 5-day (March 15-20, 2020) Community-embedded, week-long residential learning experience for underrepresented girls of color, particularly Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. Drawing on the nationally recognized CompuGirls’ curriculum, the experience is designed to be place-based and culturally responsive. Girls (ages 13-18) will reside at Kohala Institute and engage in systems mapping exercises, rapid prototyping, serve as mentors and mentees and interact with participants from the adult-conference. Guided by trained graduate students from Hawai‘i Pacific University, Arizona State University, classroom teachers from under-resourced school districts, and community leaders, these individuals will serve as “mentor teachers”. The conference will nurture girls’ abilities to manipulate technology as a tool that addresses their community’s environmental, educational, social, and health challenges. If you are a girl who is interested in attending this event, or would like to nominate a talented youth for this experience, please click on the link. Spaces are limited to 30 participants.

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