As a woman in IT for the past 25 year I can't help but notice that women are still under represented in the break/fix and networking infrastructure disciplines of computer technology. I feel this is because at an early age they are not exposed to maintaining electronics or computers such as tearing them apart or reassembling them as I did. My father worked as an engineer in the telecom industry and saw the potential of personal computers while at the same time living on a small farm. Most people wouldn't think growing up on a farm would spark a career in IT but following my dad around and watching him fix things got me interested in how things work at an early age. Realizing that not all families are the same and not all children have the opportunity to grow up on a small farm, Girl Brains was imagined.
Girl Brains is a startup non-profit organization seeking monetary donations or gently used laptops for a proof of concept event that will teach kids the basic components of computers. Girl Brains seeks to supply each child with a laptop, toolkit, antistatic wrist strap and mats, and any original documentation that Girl Brains will provide to teach them how to tear apart and put together laptops to better understand these components. The laptops, toolkits, antistatic wrist strap, and antistatic mats will be free of charge to the kids and they will be taking them home to utilize for their personal use after the event.
Kelly L. Brindle
Chief Girl Brain