A group of local girls were treated to a night of empowerment during a private screening of the movie Hidden Figures at the River Oaks District iPic Theaters on Tuesday night.
Teen radio talk show host, Victoria Baynes Lopez, conducted interviews on the red carpet for the launch of Tech Me to the Movies, an educational and empowerment initiative for teen girls. Forty teens, ages 13 – 18, were invited to attend the event based on their video submission responses to the question of “Why Tech?”
One of the attendees submitted a video on her desire become a bio-medical engineer to create devices and medical technology that would help her brother, and others, with health challenges.
Others shared their ideas for technological inventions to enhance everyday life from a machine that could be programmed to do all of the household chores to glasses with built-in wipers for rainy days.
Sponsored by Krystal D. Carter, president and CEO of Danny Kay Cloud in collaboration with Karissa Littlejohn, founder and executive director of WHYS Girls, the event aimed to mix fun with education to inspire a new generation of girls to explore career opportunities in the tech industry.
Attendees were treated to a selection of appetizers and refreshing fruit beverages during a fun networking mixer in the facility’s second floor lounge before being ushered into the theater where they were served a three-course meal while watching the evening’s feature presentation.
Following the screening, a panel of women within the tech industry shared their insights and journeys that led them to pursue careers in the technology field.
Host, Krystal Carter, shared how she stumbled into a satisfying and fulfilling career in the tech field and now is on a mission to expose young girls and women to career opportunities in the tech industry.
The event concluded with special presentations to the panel of technology experts. A young girl whose compelling video regarding her strong desire to attend the event in the face of several challenges moved coordinators to award her with a Notebook to assist her in pursuing her interests in technology. Another teen received a special gift for sharing the Tech To the Movies video submission contest with the largest number of attendees.
Check out photo highlights from the event below: