IDEAS Events & Programs
2022-23 iSchool IDEAS Events
High School to iSchool: Diversity & Inclusion Outreach Initiative
FearLess Tech More Innovation Challenge: *NEW Fall 2023 dates* October 9-13, 2023
Presented by Women in Informatics (Winfo) and the Office of IDEAS
Women in Informatics and the Office of IDEAS are excited to welcome middle and high school students from Washington state and beyond to engage in a weeklong online design challenge. FearLess Tech More Innovation Challenge is an opportunity for middle and high school students to experiment and explore the possibilities using technology for social good, to understand that they can and will shape our future. It is not about what can we do with technology; rather, it is about what should we do with technology.
FearLess is a weeklong hackathon and includes time for students to watch instructional videos, engage with mentors, and build their own project with a team of their choosing. The process is completely virtual, and at the end participants get to showcase their projects to each other and judges from the UW iSchool. (Did we mention there are prizes, too?)
Hack for Social Good Hackathon: March 31, 2023, Samuel E. Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center (9 a.m.-1:45 p.m.: lunch provided; optional UW tour)
Presented by Women in Informatics, the Office of IDEAS and the DREAM Project
Hack for Social Good brings together 100 diverse middle and high school students with a range of skill sets to develop solutions that address a wide array of issues, all by design. No technical background is required. We seek to explore, design and create potential technology-based solutions that positively impact the world. Hack for Social Good challenges students to venture into a new problem space and develop thoughtful solutions that advance diversity, equity and inclusion. Be the change you wish to see!
Students will work in small teams with UW students as mentors guiding them. This event will foster an inclusive and collaborative environment for middle and high school students to engage with the UW Informatics undergraduate major, learn about potential careers in the field, increase their exposure to the UW campus, and to learn about UW Freshman Direct Admission. Lunch will be provided, and students will have the opportunity to win prizes!
Current UW students: Learn details about mentorship opportunities for this innovation challenge.
Diversity Power Hour Lunch Series
Date and time TBD
The Power Hour Diversity Lunches offer opportunities for iSchool students to connect and lunch and learn together. A healthy lunch that reflects the dietary needs, restrictions and preferences of all attendees is provided.
iSchool Affinity Group iWelcome Social
Friday, September 22, 2023: 12-2 p.m.: wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House
Current iSchool students, faculty and staff welcome newly admitted iSchool graduate students.
All iSchool IDEAS Summit
Friday, April 28, 2023, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Zoom
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Accessibility but Where Afraid to Ask
Ana Thompson, MIS; UW Bothell Office of Digital Learning & Innovation
Everything you ever wanted to know about accessibility but where afraid to ask? No, of course not – but we did get your attention, and we promise you will learn a lot about accessibility and feel that this was a good use of an hour and a half of your day.
Ana will engage us in personal, professional and practical ways to support accessibility that improve communication and conditions for all. In addition to accessibility basics, such as: disabilities/types of disabilities; Universal Design; usability; apps, use of PDFs, etc. we will learn additional nuances and considerations for improved accessibility for all.
Given today’s reliance and the iSchool’s focus on technology, understanding accessibility challenges, norms and benefits is essential for all of us — iSchool students, faculty and staff.
Ana Thompson is a leader in accessibility on the UW Bothell campus and beyond. She leads the Universal Design for Active Learning campus initiative and is a member of the New Faculty Orientation, Accessibility Plan Project committees, the Campus Access Guide work-group, the UW-IT Accessibility Task Force, and the UW-IT Accessibility Liaisons. As a learning and access designer at the Office of Digital Learning & Innovation, Ana enjoys working with faculty members and staff to streamline the use of technology and promote digital fluency to engage an improved student experience. Ana has extensive experience with learning management systems, adult learning, document accessibility, copyright and fair use, and universal design for learning.
Please feel free to send us your questions or topics of interest, and we will submit them to Ana! email@example.com
For accommodations, please notify the Disability Services Office at 206.543.6450 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 days prior to this webinar.
Events and dates/times/location are subject to change!
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