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, UW Kelly Ethnic Cultural Center
The Diversity & Equity Summit is a half-day event that offers opportunities for the iSchool community to come together to interact and have conversation around a range of diversity-related topics. A healthy lunch that reflects the dietary needs, restrictions and preferences of all attendees is provided.
Events and dates/times/location are subject to change!
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