This past Saturday, we had the honor and pleasure of sponsoring the 2016 ProjectCSGIRLS National Gala for the second year. ProjectCSGIRLS is a non-profit organization aimed at supporting young women in technology by holding workshops, mentorships, and the country’s largest computer science competition for middle school girls. Each year, competition finalists are invited to a gala to attend hands-on workshops, panels, talks, and a formal awards ceremony.

We hosted a workshop with over 50 finalists, in which they fearlessly learned how to create a custom style, import an external dataset, and initialize a map in an HTML element. These inspiring young women — who had all developed their own projects addressing global health, safety & security, and intelligence technology themes — dove head-first into Mapbox Studio and Mapbox GL JS.

Emily and Nicki at the hands-on workshop

The gala also hosted a Women in Tech panel, which featured female engineers from the DC metro area, representing fields ranging from healthcare analytics to cyber security to free coding education. Our own Kajari Ghosh spoke on this panel about her experiences as a woman in tech.

Kajari representing Mapbox on the Women in Tech panel

We’re thrilled to continue supporting ProjectCSGIRLS and the next generation of women in technology, and we look forward to finding more opportunities to collaborate with this wonderful organization in the future.