Make Day 2016
A Day of Co-creating Solutions
MAKE DAY was a two-part workshop in Orlando, Florida in which participants came together to collaborate, learn new skills, and work in teams to help make Orlando the BEST city for women in tech.
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Countless studies have shown the importance and benefits to approaching problems with diverse teams, yet women are grossly underrepresented in tech departments, software development teams, and computer science classrooms across the country.
For Make Day, we wanted to create a hands-on tech event with a predominantly female attendance to contrast what we see at most tech events and hackathons in which the great majority of participants are male. We succeeded! 72% of Make Day attendees were women. In addition to flipping the usual gender balance, we were happy to share the day with people of widely varying ages, ethnicities, and experience levels.
In the first part of the day, attendees participated in a Design Ideation workshop led by Erin Denton and Stacey Baldini. Teams practiced collaboration techniques and used industry tested design strategies and ideation frameworks to develop as many solutions as possible to make Orlando the BEST city for women in tech.
The Build Workshop in the second half of the day was led by Casey Faist and Cassandra Willcox. Teams drew inspiration from solutions proposed during the Ideation Workshop to build and prototype resources that benefit women and girls within Orlando’s tech community. Participants gained hands on experience in product development best practices, with a focus on prototyping and measuring user feedback.