Event Schedule

8:45 - 9:15 AM

Arrival & Registration

9:15 - 9:30 AM


9:30 - 10:00 AM

Keynote - Room 8503
Maxeme Tuchman is the CEO and Co-Founder of Caribu Inc., an education technology company that help parents, extended family, and mentors to read and draw with children when they’re not in the same location. Maxeme was most recently appointed by President Obama to serve as a White House Fellow at the U.S. Department of the Treasury where she served as a senior policy advisor and worked on issues of financial inclusion. Max served as the Executive Director of Teach For America Miami-Dade and was responsible for overseeing daily regional operations for 26 staff members and cultivating over $15M of private and public support in service of over 500 teachers and alumni. Max was named the 2017 Toyota Mother of Invention by Women In The World and 2017 Female Tech Leader of the Year by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. She is a graduate of of the Babson WIN Lab for Female Founders. Max received her B.A. from New College of Florida and holds an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

10:10 - 11:00 AM

Concurrent Workshop #1
*See below for details

11:10 - 11:50 AM

Concurrent Workshop #2
*See below for details

12:00 PM - 12:40 PM


Second Plenary - Room 8503
Rosario Ballesteros - Casas - VR and AR Expert/CEO and Co founder VRAmericas Rosario Ballesteros-Casas Co-Founder & CEO
Co-Founder of VR Americas LLC, a virtual and augmented reality company expanding the frontier of immersive technologies in commercial applications. She is also the Founder and President of Business Creative Partners, an advisory firm specializing in investment in Latin America with special interest in the areas of technology, innovation and digital businesses.
Former CEO of Grupo Senseta, Inc., a Silicon Valley company unlocking the potential of information for organizations, by solving highly complex issues in data capture and analytics, opening the door to Actionable Intelligence and analytics through state-of-the-art Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning technologies. She is a Delegate for the KIN Global Innovation Network from the Kellogg School of Management; Member of the Colombian Forum of Presidents.

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Awards Ceremony and plenary event in Room 8525 and 8503.

1:35 - 1:45 PM

App Competition Awards

1:45 - 2:00 PM

Closing Remarks

*Interactive Workshop

Workshop 1: Experiencing VR and Exploring with Google Cardboards

The Girls will experience Virtual Reality by using Google Cardboards and utilize Google Expeditions Submarine Science adventure to search for lion fish , assess coral health and understand how deep it’s possible to dive.

Room 8305 - 40 people

Workshop 2: Chatbot Conversation: Meaningful Interaction with Technology

A Chatbot is a computer program which conducts a conversation. It is often designed to simulate how a human would behave as a conversational partner. The girls will have an opportunity to script a chatbot conversation using a specialized platform. They will also learn some basic features of conversation interfaces and will deploy it via SMS.

Room 8510 - 30 people

Workshop 3: Creating An App with Code.org’s App Lab

This workshop will be led by Professor Maria Charter of FIU’s Computing and Information Sciences. GIrls will utilize Code.org;s App Lab to design and code an app in JavaScript using block based programming or text.

Room 8501 - 25 people

Workshop 4: Cybersecurity, Detecting and Preventing Fraud and Learning How to Solve a Cybercrime

A leading nationally ranked Cybersecurity firm will be leading this workshop. The girls will utilize the tools used by experts to solve a cybercrime. They will also learn how professionals assess risks and how to reduce exposure to data breaches.

Room 8310 - 40 people

Workshop 5:Microsoft presents the Tynker Solar System Hour of Code

During this hour the girls will build a solar system with code, will create a background, add music and sound effects, program all the planets to orbit the sun, and add descriptions to our planets.

Room 8312 - 40 people

Workshop 6: Learn 01 Virtual Reality (VR) Workshop

01 and CODeLLA collaborate for a masterful and immersive Virtual Reality (VR) workshop for girls, where the girls will brainstorm and design the spaces that they want to envision for tomorrow. We will use Google Tilt Brush as the spaces hosting their visions of Miami’s future. Four VR stations, powered by the HTC VIVE, will host a Pictionary style of game where the girls will pick surprise essential needed for the community and draw and design where and how this element is added to each world. Each station will be prepopulated with an environment, they own vision of Miami, and will end the workshop with a new city that they built together and are able to walk through their dream town, a true exploration of their creative minds.

Room 8304 - 40 people