Published 03/31/16

Girltastic app challenge comes to campus April 2

The Fantastic Girltastic Code Company’s App Challenge, designed to encourage middle school girls to develop a passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), comes to Bryant University on Saturday, April 2.

This cooperative effort of the YWCA of Providence, Amica Insurance, and the University will bring girls from the YWCA into Bryant classrooms, where they will be taught how to develop and create apps in fun workshops from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bryant students have volunteered to help with this project.

Guest speakers include:

  • Courtney Pereira, digital business analyst on Amica's Digital Experience Team, who will talk about prototyping and creating user-friendly designs;
  • Mary Oo, senior digital content coordinator on Amica's Digital Experience Team, who will discuss her journey to information technology and will provide a brief overview of a content management system;
  • Hannah Tessitore,
 owner of Splatypus Web Design Studio, who will highlight the skills the girls use every day that they could use in programming;
  • industrial designer Amy Leidtke, who will talk about how a designer thinks and will share tenets of creative thinking.

Volunteer judges will provide feedback on the teams' use of creative thinking, problem solving, prototype, and overall presentation. They are:

  • Sandra Enos, Associate Professor of Sociology at Bryant;
  • Eileen Kwesiga, Associate Professor of Management at Bryant;
  • Katryn McIntosh, Developer at Mojo Tech, and member of Girls Develop It Providence
  • Janet Prichard, Professor of Computer Information Systems at Bryant;
  • Jill Rasmussen, marketing officer, Internet and Mobile Experience, at Amica;
  • Tessitore.

Bryant is proud to participate with these groups working to empower girls through fun workshops on STEM topics, especially technology, where many of the jobs of the future will be, says Kati C. Machtley, director of the Women's Summit at Bryant University and wife of Bryant University President Ronald K. Machtley. The Women’s Summit promotes professional, personal, and economic empowerment through education and is one of the most highly sought-after conferences in New England.

Machtley and Rasmussen will deliver welcoming remarks. Organizing the program and coordinating the workshops are YWCA staffers including Tinisha Brice, Aimee Davidson, and Lisa Piscatelli, and Chief Operating Officer Meghan Grady.