On August 10, Microsoft honored the hard work and dedication of 20 students from the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program with a graduation celebration at our Silicon Valley Campus, sponsored by Microsoft Philanthropies. The students showcased their final projects before receiving their certificates of completion in front of friends and family. Projects included supporting healthy habits, closing the gender and opportunity gaps, as well as designing an accessible game for folks with low or impaired vision. The girls were also surprised with a special “Oprah Moment” when it was announced they could keep the Surface Pro devices they’d been using throughout the program. All in all, it was an incredible night filled with pride and joy.
Special thanks to our Keynote Speaker, Alysha Voigt, Senior Program Manager on the Outlook team, who inspired us all with the story of her experience at Microsoft and words of wisdom for success in the world of high-tech.
Thank you to our speakers, field trip hosts, and coordinators, who helped make this 7-week program a wonderful experience for the summer campers!
- Kenny Spade – Program Manager, SVC Garage
- Christine Matheney – Technical Evangelist
- Sarah Kaplan – Director of Service Engineering, O365 Core
- Wes Tulshi and Elene Terry – Hololens Team
- Michael Solari and Amber Martin – Microsoft Store, Palo Alto (field trip)
- Cristina Fink and panelists – Market Square, San Francisco (field trip)
- Cindy Alvarez – Principal Design Researcher
- Teny Shapiro – Data Scientist 2
- Nicolette Yadegar – Software Engineer
- Taylor Burfield – Product Manager
- Chantal Lewis – Software Engineer
- Kim Dault – Program Coordinator
- Jakob Rosenberg – Program Coordinator
- Amanda Pors – Program Coordinator
See the Girls Who Code blog post from a few weeks ago for photos and further detail on the program content that we provided!
Thank you to Girls Who Code for bringing an incredible cohort of strong, smart young women to our campus for another amazing summer!