Ann Richards School and Komen Greater CETX Partner for Code for the Cure
The event, presented in conjunction with Vista Equity Partners and Google Cloud, was a multi-day computer science program for young engineers
AUSTIN, TEXAS (October 21, 2019) – On Monday, October 21, the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and Susan G. Komen® Greater Central and East Texas held a Code for the Cure Hackathon, capping a week of computer science. The week’s programming was designed to give ninth-grade engineering students hands-on coding experience, and ultimately increase the number of girls in STEM careers, with a focus on breast cancer awareness.
The Code for the Cure initiative was aimed to create conversation around diversity, access and equity as they apply to women in their careers and personal health journey. Participating students joined Vista Equity Partners, Google Cloud, and Komen Greater Central and East Texas for the hackathon, in which competitors had five hours to design an app, and were then awarded prizes in four categories.
“We know that STEM is where the greatest opportunities lie in our modern economy, yet women are consistently underrepresented in computer science and other STEM fields. That’s why we are committed to engaging girls in STEM throughout middle and high school,” said Kris Waugh, principal of the Ann Richards School. “This initiative exposed our students to the types of opportunities available to them in computer science, and its focus on women’s health made it a holistic and enriching experience.”
Code for the Cure showcased women leaders in the technology and healthcare industries, including professionals from Vista Equity Partners, an Austin-headquartered investment firm that focuses exclusively on enterprise software, data, and technology-enabled businesses and Google Cloud’s Austin office. Both Vista and Google employees shared their own knowledge and expertise, leading workshops and mentoring students throughout the week.
At Monday’s hackathon, teams developed solutions that provide resources and care to those who may be facing a breast cancer diagnosis, support for family members, and ways for people to get involved in their community to take action against breast cancer.
“We were thrilled to partner with the Ann Richards School, Vista, and Google Cloud for this inspiring event,” said Suzanne Stone, Executive Director of Komen Greater Central and East Texas. “One of our most powerful tools for ensuring that women lead long, healthy lives is promoting early understanding of women’s health. This initiative, pairing computer coding with breast cancer awareness, is an innovative and impactful way to reach young women to not only think about their own health but also come up with solutions that will save lives in their families, communities, and beyond.”
ABOUT ANN RICHARDS SCHOOL FOR YOUNG WOMEN LEADERS
The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders is a nationally recognized 6th-12th grade, college preparatory public school in Austin, Texas, that is focused on leadership, college readiness, project-based learning, and STEM. Its emphasis on college-bound programming, college visits, and advising helps each ARS student find her best college fit, and 65% of students will be the first in their families to graduate from college. Further, with 100% of students engaged in STEM curriculum, the Ann Richards School is preparing girls to become leaders in careers where women are traditionally under-represented.
ABOUT SUSAN G. KOMEN® GREATER CENTRAL AND EAST TEXAS
Komen Greater Central and East Texas fuels research, advocates for patients, and supports people facing breast cancer locally through a variety of direct patient-centered services. Komen Greater CETX collaborates with area providers to remove barriers and connect people to needed care across 58 Texas counties. Komen Greater CETX has invested more than $18 million in community breast health programs in Central and East Texas and has contributed $8 million to the $1 billion that Komen has invested globally in research. For more information, visit komengreatercetx.org.