Girls in Tech San Diego Women. Technology. Entrepreneurship. Sun, 17 Mar 2019 15:28:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Girls in Tech San Diego 32 32 Women Who Tech Networking and Resource Fair Thu, 28 Feb 2019 21:50:14 +0000

You’ve probably heard the proverb, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” – but what if you don’t know who to go with? Or how to get where you’re going? What if you’re not even sure where you’re going? If you’re a woman in tech or entrepreneurship, or if you support women in tech and entrepreneurship (spoiler alert – that’s everyone!), the Women Who Tech Networking and Resource Fair is an opportunity for you to find your tribe, make meaningful connections, and bond with your community.

On Thursday, March 14th, join Jam City, Girls in Tech San Diego, Tech Ladies, Fokcus Startup Mentoring, Latina Geeks, Athena, and Blacks in Technology for a networking and resource fair for women and our allies in tech and entrepreneurship. From 6-9pm, gather with your community at Jam City’s Carlsbad office to make connections and build relationships that will strengthen your rapidly-growing tech community here in San Diego.

Your $15 ticket will grant you access to this amazing networking opportunity as well as drinks, appetizers, and an entry into the raffle. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to a charity that YOU will help choose! You will also have the opportunity to purchase additional raffle tickets for more chances to win cool prizes, and no matter what, you will leave with a swag bag filled with fun surprises. We hope you will also leave with inspiration, new friends, and the feeling of empowerment that comes with recognizing you are part of something truly special – our San Diego tech community!

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Girls in Tech and Fokcus Startup Mentoring bring “Perfect Your Pitch Deck” to the San Diego Community Sat, 26 Jan 2019 22:34:41 +0000

Have you ever had an amazing idea for an app, a product, or a business, but you hit a brick wall in the execution phase? Or maybe you’ve already built something really cool, but you’re struggling to take it to the next level? When it comes to manifesting ideas in the real world, a significant step in the process is sharing your vision with others to gain support – in other words, the Pitch. Perfecting your pitch deck is a common hurdle for entrepreneurs and creators, and one that the Perfect Your Pitch Deck Workshop is designed to help you overcome!

On February 7th from 6-9pm, join Girls in Tech San Diego and Fokcus Startup Mentoring at Ivy Street Coworking for a facilitated group mentoring session focused on the planning and development of pitch decks. This highly interactive workshop will give you the tools you need to develop an effective pitch deck for your specific audience. Whether you’re still in the ideation stage, growing your organization in your garage like the greats in their infancy, or have an established startup seeking later stage funding, you’ll leave this workshop prepared to take next step.

Your $10 ticket gets you the opportunity to work closely with experienced Fokcus mentors to hone your pitch. You also get drinks, appetizers, and the chance to network and form connections with other local entrepreneurs. If you attended Girls in Tech San Diego’s Hacking for Humanity hackathon for social good in December, your ticket is free, just contact us at to claim your redemption code! We are proud to continue supporting you as you bring to life innovation for the good of our community.

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Hacking for Humanity Recap Tue, 08 Jan 2019 17:42:35 +0000

On the sunny Saturday morning of December 1st, 2018 over 40 of the brightest and most creative minds in San Diego came together for Girls in Tech San Diego’s second annual Hacking for Humanity hackathon for social good. The focus this year was the issue of homelessness in San Diego. Amazon and Nutanix generously sponsored the event.

The hackathon officially began with opening remarks and guidance from Girls in Tech San Diego’s Managing Director Lisa Rosenfeldt, followed by presentations from Pedro De Leon Jr. of TenHut, Walter Philips of San Diego Youth Services, and Dennis Stein and Tony of The Tony Movie describing the challenges they face as they work each day to improve the lives of homeless citizens of San Diego. Participants were then divided into seven teams based on their complementary skills and strengths to begin brainstorming, planning, and coding. Mentors kindly volunteered their time and expertise, supporting and guiding teams as they worked tirelessly toward innovative technological solutions.

Amazon’s office proved to be the perfect headquarters for the hackathon. In addition to the exciting ambiance of a cutting-edge tech company, the space featured large areas for gathering as a group and smaller, more intimate workspaces for teams to sequester themselves and work distraction-free. Catered meals fueled participants and mentors alike, and optional breakout sessions like yoga allowed participants to pause, clear their minds, and return to their projects feeling refreshed.

If you’ve never attended Hacking for Humanity – or any hackathon, for that matter – the idea of spending a weekend collaborating with people you’ve never met in an effort to complete a whole project to then be judged on your work may sound a bit intimidating, especially if you’re new to design or development. Hacking for Humanity is unique among hackathons in that addressing the issue at hand and contributing to the improvement of the community is paramount, even more than producing a polished finished product. No matter your level of skill and experience from a technical standpoint, if you feel passionately about contributing to the greater good, you’ll fit right in. At this year’s event, bonds were forged among teammates as they struggled and triumphed together, and everyone left having learned and accomplished something important. The weekend may be over, but the projects are not. Girls in Tech San Diego educated hackathon participants on strategies for taking their projects to the next level through testing, acquiring funding, and marketing.

Speaking of accomplishments, this year’s Hacking for Humanity saw the birth of some truly beautiful new technology. The winning team, hüm, created a communication platform where users have the ability to make a profile and share a video story about their experiences and the challenges they face. Those who wish to lend a hand can view stories of people in their area and use the chat feature to connect. This can lead to in-person meetings to converse, exchange goods, negotiate employment, and more.

In second place was Connect for Success, which provides a platform for homeless job-seekers, employers that are understanding of the candidates’ situation, and volunteer helpers can come together. Job seekers have the ability to apply for jobs as well as post requests for items and services that would support their quest to employment. Volunteers can browse those requests and fulfill those needs.

The third-place winner was R3: Right Resources Right Now, an app that connects individuals in need of housing, food, and other necessities with those resources in real time 24/7. The app also provides data analytics to nonprofit organizations and government agencies to give them a better understanding of the reach and effectiveness of the resources they provide. Other incredible apps that were developed during Hacking for Humanity focused on digitizing and disseminating information throughout the affected community, supporting homeless youth, and connecting those in need with specific resources – with or without access to personal technology!

To everyone who attended this year’s Hacking for Humanity hackathon for social good as a participant, mentor, or judge, from all of us at Girls in Tech San Diego, thank you for contributing your time, energy, and skills to improving our community. To our wonderful sponsors, Amazon and Nutanix, thank you for supporting us and making this amazing event – and all the good that came out of it – possible. To everyone considering participating and/or volunteering next year, we would love to have you! Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media to stay abreast of hackathons and other exciting events.

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Girls in Tech San Diego Announcing their 2nd Annual Hacking for Humanity Hackathon Thu, 15 Nov 2018 04:02:20 +0000 [vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]Are you passionate about using your unique skills to do good in the world? Do you believe in leveraging technology to improve your community? Do you enjoy collaborating with like-minded individuals to create something that will improve the lives of others? If so, join San Diego Girls in Tech for our second annual Hacking for Humanity event! This year’s hackathon for social good will be held on Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd at Amazon in UTC and will focus on tackling topics that deal with homelessness in San Diego.

At Hacking for Humanity, you’ll hear from local organizations that are hard at work helping the homeless population in San Diego. Each organization will discuss the work they do and some of the challenges they face – and that’s where you come in. Under the guidance of mentors, you will join forces with a team to create a technological solution that will address an organization’s needs and help them carry out their mission. We’ll fuel your creativity with breakfast, lunch, and snacks on both days, plus dinner on Saturday. Participants with different ability levels and skill sets are welcome, including coders, designers, project managers, and more. Hacking for Humanity is a woman-, man-, non-binary-, POC-, and LGBTQ-friendly environment. At the end of the weekend our panel of judges will select a winning team. The first-place team will receive $1,000, the second-place team will win $500, and the third-place team will win $250. Additional prizes will be announced soon, so sign up for our newsletter to receive updates.

Last year, participants came together to positively impact their community by creating innovative solutions for reporting and preventing hate crimes and supporting victims. Apps developed with this goal in mind include Safety Pin, a preventative application that allows users to reach out and connect to their community, and Move Forward, an application that helps to educate sexual assault survivors on their rights and support them through the process of reporting and moving forward from their experience. Keynote speakers April Wensel and Lindsay LaShell spoke about compassionate coding and consistent personal branding, and mentors provided guidance and encouragement throughout the 2-day event.

There are lots of ways to get involved with this year’s Hacking for Humanity event. You can sign up individually or with a team (no more than 5 people per team) to participate in the hackathon. You can also sign up to volunteer with San Diego Girls in Tech on one or both days – just send an email to Gina Verrastro at with your availability to sign up. If you are interested in being a sponsor for this event, please reach out to April Rieger, co-managing director, at to learn more.

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A Night With San Diego’s Top Two Female CEOs Mon, 12 Nov 2018 01:37:35 +0000 [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Chelsea-Kaufman-and-Flossie-HallOn Thursday, November 8th, Girls in Tech San Diego held the first entrepreneurship roundtable in their Speaker Series. Members of the community from all different backgrounds and stages of professional growth gathered at PetDesk in downtown San Diego to drink in the wisdom of two prominent and brilliant local entrepreneurs: Flossie Hall, founder of Healthy Mama, and Chelsea Kaufman, founder of LEARN Academy. After light bites and introductions, Girls in Tech San Diego’s Program Director Rajni Roshan moderated the discussion about the startup journey in which Flossie and Chelsea spoke candidly on the rocky, the rewarding, and everything in between.

Misconceptions Destroyed

One misconception that was destroyed early on in the evening is that you need to have a business background to start a successful company. If you’ve had an idea for a business but you’ve been afraid that you missed the boat just because you haven’t been channeling all your energy into entrepreneurship since that first childhood lemonade stand, it’s time for you to breathe a sigh of relief. Flossie started out in the medical field and Chelsea’s background is in theater. Although their businesses and stories are very different, there is one thing they share: both women identified a need in their community, rose up to meet it, and refused to give up when the going got tough.

Flossie Hall, CEO & Founder of Healthy Momma

Flossie noticed that doctors would tell patients to eat right and exercise, but would never give them the tools to carry out those orders. She also noticed that the existing meal prep delivery businesses were expensive and lacked child-friendly options. In 2016 she founded Healthy Mama, providing families in her community with affordable and healthy meal options. Looking back, her lack of business acumen turned out to be an asset: she wasn’t afraid to try because she didn’t realize how hard it would be. “I failed all over the place,” she admitted, “but I just kept doing it every day.” That same grit and determination led her to teach herself everything she could about business by researching online and reaching out to people in her circle with knowledge in different areas, and meanwhile, Healthy Mama continued to grow and thrive.

Chelsea Kaufman, CEO & Co-Founder of LEARN Academy

Chelsea Kaufman was always a theater kid, and her original plan was to run her own theater company. She was building educational programs for nonprofits when she found herself feeling frustrated with the people in charge and knowing there had to be a better, more effective way of running things. She earned her master’s degree and was managing a theater company when she met her husband. “I think we began making a business plan for some kind of business on our first date,” she recalled. They saw people and companies leaving San Diego because the tech talent they needed wasn’t there, and so Chelsea and her husband decided to start a coding bootcamp. They didn’t just build a business, though – they built a family. Their family continues to grow with new classes and community partners.

It hasn’t always been smooth sailing

Both Flossie and Chelsea experienced setbacks, and they were kind enough to share the lessons they learned. When Flossie entrusted the website for her e-commerce business to a company who claimed to be experts, she ended up losing millions of dollars in revenue and having to reduce her staff; it took four months for her business to recover. She encouraged the audience to trust their instincts and be prepared – and legally protected – for a professional parting of ways. Chelsea also struggled with staffing and the consequences of trusting the wrong people with certain roles. She learned how to hire good people, do damage control, and move forward. Flossie of Healthy Mama and Chelsea of LEARN Academy faced adversity head on and came out the other side stronger than ever more than once, proving that the most important thing an entrepreneur can do is keep on keeping on.

Our San Diego Community

Girls in Tech San Diego CommunityOver the course of the night, one theme emerged above the rest: it takes a village. Whether you’re starting a business, growing a business, changing careers, or figuring out your path, the importance of community cannot be overstated. Find your posse, your tribe, your team – surround yourself with people who build you up. Fostering a supportive community is just one of the ways that Girls in Tech San Diego is empowering women and contributing to their success. If you’d like to stay connected with the Girls in Tech San Diego community, sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media for news, resources, and event announcements.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Speak for Yourself Sat, 20 Oct 2018 07:43:26 +0000 [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]


Imagine you have a presentation to deliver. Maybe it’s for work, for a volunteer organization, or for your cousin’s wedding toast. As the moment you need to stand up and introduce yourself to a roomful of people approaches, how are you feeling? Does just reading about this scenario make your heartbeat speed up and your palms feel clammy? Maybe you’re feeling good, but you’re working so hard to remember what you want to say that your delivery is robotic. Whatever you struggle with when it comes to public speaking, you can overcome it by attending our beginning-level public speaking workshop.

On Friday, November 2nd from 6 pm to 9 pm and Saturday, November 3rd from 10 am to 6 pm, join SEER InteractiveDiamond and BranchDowntown San Diego PartnershipGreater Good Storytelling, and Startup Weekend Facilitator Julian Bryant at Seer Interactive’s San Diego location for a public speaking workshop.

Your ticket to Speak for Yourself gets you admission to both days, plus meals and drinks. You’ll receive instruction and mentorship from a diverse group of public speakers, breakout sessions of different sizes so you can pick the size of your audience, hands-on experience in a welcoming and supportive environment, as well as opportunities to socialize and network.

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San Diego Girls in Tech Happy Hour Mixer! Mon, 20 Aug 2018 15:21:24 +0000 [vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The future of tech is inclusive! But first, wine!

Join San Diego Girls in Tech at Bar One in Little Italy for a fun evening of happy hour specials, appetizers, professional headshots + photos by Studio Luniste (yes, we said headshots!) and of course, networking!

San Diego Girls in Tech is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education, and empowerment of girls and women who passionate about technology.

This mixer will be a great opportunity to meet and connect with tech industry professionals and build relationships with fellow Girls in Tech members.

We will have Studio Luniste onsite to capture your most Sheryl Sandberg-esque photo! This is included in your $10 ticket, no extra fees! Let’s update those LinkedIn headshots to reflect the boss you really are!

Don’t miss out, tickets are selling out fast! So get your tickets today!

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Happy Hour Highlights:

Professional Headshots + photos



Building relationships with brilliant women in tech! Need we say more? We’re excited to see you there!

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San Diego Startup Week Is Back Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:45:25 +0000 [vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

San Diego Startup Week Is Back & Girls In Tech San Diego Will Be There!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]San Diego Startup Week 2018 LogoIt’s that time of year again folks! San Diego Startup Week (SDSW) is Back in action for another action packed week of community fellowship, being able to learn from one another, share our journeys, and celebrate everyone’s successes!

In attendance there will be “thousands of Entrepreneurs, Developers, Designers, Investors, Students, and Community Leaders”, coming out to “showcase exciting local innovation, share resources and knowledge.”

If this sounds like something you’re going to look forward to, because let’s face it, we sure are! You should definitely check out the full schedule of topics, speakers and tracks they have to offer. The week-long event will have over 190 speakers that will talk about everything from “Idea Generation and Evaluation” to “Funding for Early Stage Startups.”

Where Will Girls in Tech San Diego Be?

Kicking off our part in SDSW, on Tuesday June 26th from 10:15am – 11:15am, you can see Girls in Tech San Diego’s own Managing Director, Lisa Rosenfelt in action as she moderates a panel on “Building an Ecosystem For All,” where she’ll talk about how to foster a diverse and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem in San Diego.

We’ll also have the 2nd session under the “How Did You Get That Job” series titled “Choosing your Career Path, the Different Types of Dev Roles in Tech” on Tuesday June 26th from 9:00am – 10:00am. We are partnering with #DevSD and #intuit to bring you a panel of seasoned professionals as they reflect on their personal career journey, provide insight into their day-to-day, and share feedback on what they wish they would have known prior.

And last but not least on Thursday June 28th from 11:30am – 2:30pm, will be at the Inclusive Community Fair, showing participants of SDSW all of the resources available to them in the SD Startup Community. Bringing awareness to what Girls in Tech San Diego’s mission to support and accelerate the growth of women in the tech and entrepreneur industry by creating and sharing opportunities to engage, promote, educate, and celebrate women throughout their professional journeys. As well as to create a more cohesive network of resources and partners to help women here in San Diego.

So if you are wanting to know more information on how to join, volunteer or support our mission through sponsorship, stop by our booth! We are always looking for more ways we can support our community.


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Girls in Tech #GivingBack Mixer Mon, 27 Nov 2017 19:45:18 +0000 Girls in Tech San Diego – #GivingBack Happy Hour Mixer
You are the future of tech! We can’t think of a better way to end the day than drinking wine and connecting with other ladies kicking ass in business!

Join San Diego Girls in Tech at FruitCraft Fermentery & Distillery for a fun evening of cocktails, appetizers, and of course, networking!

Register HERE!

San Diego Girls in Tech is a global nonprofit focused on the engagement, education, and empowerment of girls and women who passionate about technology.

This mixer will be a great opportunity to meet and connect with tech industry professionals and build relationships with fellow Girls in Tech members.

We are asking our guests to bring items for donation items for Alpha Project in San Diego:

Socks and underwear of all sizes
Hygiene Supplies
Canned food
Warm clothing for all sizes

Alpha Project strives not to manage homelessness, but rather to end it for its clients by offering jobs not handouts, respect not pity and empowerment not control. We provide the homeless with the tools they need to be the very best they can be.

Bonus for attending: NEW FRIENDSHIPS!

Happy Hour Highlights:

Drink Specials on your 1st drink (Thanks FruitCraft!)
Building relationships with brilliant women in tech!
Need we say more? We’re excited to see you there!
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SupportLocalBusiness! The employee owned, mission driven company, FruitCraft Fermentary + Distillery will be hosting our space! The San Diego natives, were inspired firsthand by the creativity they experienced in the Craft Beer scene. They’ve taken creativity in craft alcohol to a whole level by skillfully fermenting, as well as distilling, some of the highest-quality fermentable ingredients on earth; fruit!

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Partner Event: LEARN Academy’s MLH Local Hack Day Mon, 27 Nov 2017 19:44:25 +0000 MLH Local Hack Day is a 12 hour hack day that happens at schools worldwide bringing together the local hacker community to celebrate building awesome technology. On December 2nd 2017, students will be simultaneously hosting their own MLH Local Hack Day events on campuses globally, resulting in the single largest day of hacking ever.

LEARN Academy will host its own MLH Local Hack Day in Downtown San Diego, located conveniently across from Petco Park. The theme for the hackathon is “Keepin’ it Local.” They want veteran hackers and those new to the world of hacking to work on solving real problems that are happening right here in our San Diego neighborhood.


Here are a few local issues San Diego is facing that you can spend 12 hours helping to solve:

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Whether you’re a seasoned hackathon veteran or have never been to a hackathon before, they want you to join! We’re excited about the opportunity to partner together for issues in our own backyard.#KeepinItLocal

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