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Girls in Tech, McKesson Kick Off Hackathon to Develop Healthcare Solutions For Black Women

Global non-profit Girls in Tech is partnering with McKesson , a healthcare distribution and technology solutions company, for a hackathon. According to PR Newswire , the international event was assembled to design innovative solutions for those impacted by breast cancer. Participants are encouraged to develop a mobile application that addresses systemic challenges that prevent women of color from receiving breast cancer treatment, help breast cancer patients and caregivers find reliable and credible information, and monitor ongoing activities related to breast cancer. “It’s a priority for Girls in Tech to raise awareness for breast cancer by mobilizing our community to develop tech solutions for this disease,” said Adriana Gascoigne, founder and CEO of Girls in Tech. “This tech challenge will do just that, as we encourage the development of tools to promote prevention, monitor treatments, and address health disparities especially for women of color.” Following the hackathon,...

Oct 6, 2020

STEM From Dance Is Using Confidence And The Arts To Get More Girls In Tech

Yamilee Toussaint is an MIT Engineering graduate who founded STEM from Dance , a program designed to expose black and Latino middle schools girls to careers in the STEM fields through dance. Because of the deep connection that music and dance have in the culture of minority communities who use these art forms as a release, to celebrate and to communicate, Toussaint saw the unique opportunity to build community and confidence through dance. Next week (July 9-20), STEM From Dance is hosting its Girls Rise Up summer dance camp in Brooklyn. “We’re stoked to work with 50 girls and have them experience hopefully a really transformative two weeks,” says Toussaint in an exclusive statement to AfroTech. Photo: STEM From Dance Progam participants will be introduced to software and electrical engineering principles in addition to the choreography they learn, creating a dance routine that brings together the best of both worlds. This summer, the group will also make trips to visit the Spotify...