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    by Angie Chang

    How to Get Kids Interested in Technology with Activities, Games and More

    Fun apps, shows and toys are available for kids to learn to code.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    With the success of young programmers like Mark Zuckerberg who started Facebook in his Harvard dorm room, parents are encouraging their kids to learn to code at a younger age.

    Now parents can encourage their kids to become future programmers with free iPad apps that teach computational thinking with Cargo-Bot, and teach programming to kids with Daisy the Dinosaur.

    Here are some more ways to get your kids interested in STEM.

    #1 – Watching Shows

    Entrepreneur Magazine’s entrepreneur of the year Limor Fried launched Circuit Playground “A is for Ampere” (Episode 1), the first in a fun web series featuring Ampere (named after André-Marie Ampère, the founder of electrodyanamics).

    There’s a coloring book and adorable Circuit Playground plush toys to match! In fact, electrical engineer Limor Fried founded Adafruit Industries, an e-commerce website that distributes a veritable treasure trove of toys, electronics and ways for children to learn to build programs, apps and more. Check out the possibilities, from the Raspberry Pi (a single-board computer) to littleBits (electronic Legos).

    #2 – Reading for STEM

     

    Stanford engineer Debbie Sterling made a splash last year on Kickstarter with her hugely successful Goldieblox, the first engineering book/toy for young kids.

    Debbie researched and tested construction toys with young girls, realizing that adding a reading element would appeal to young girls more. To combine building spatial and verbal skills for the age 6 and over set, you have GoldieBlox, a book series with building sets.

    Female-founded Timbuktu, the iPad magazine for parents and kids, has created a fun illustrated story for scientist Maria Sybilla Merian, noted naturalist, etymologist and botanical illustrator (pictured, right).

    Check out the full illustrated story on Timbuktu, or click on the graphic for the full story on the woman scientist.

    #3 – Getting Hands-On

    The word “hack” and “hackathon” is a bit deceiving. You don’t need skills, only curiosity and the will to get hands-on to be a “hacker”.

    Hack the Future is a one-day event for kids to get hands-on with tech on Saturday, April 20 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Interested? Get on the mailing list here if you are interested in getting kids together in an all-day techie confab.

    “This is the first chance many kids will have to enter the exciting, advancing field of technology. Programming is literacy. To be great, you have to start when you’re young, and you have to learn it from a native speaker,” writes Joe Mathes, startup engineer and co-creator of Hack the Future. “As professionals on the cutting edge, we wanted to teach what we know straight from the front lines.”

    Kids should sign up and bring a laptop. The volunteers will provide the rest, as you will see in this video:

    Don’t forget the fun-for-the-whole-family Maker Faire (May 18-19 in San Francisco and September 21-22 in New York City). The festival serves to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself mindset” – don’t miss out!

    If you are not in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can find a Hackasaurus event near you or organize your own Summer Code Party!

    What to Download, Install and Use for Kids to Learn to Code

    Women 2.0 readers: Have more educational resources, shows, books, toys and apps that teach kids STEM concepts? Let us know in the comments below.

    Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: Women With Solid Technical Chops – And Own It

    For a thorough list of technical women founding companies (CTOs, CEOs, VPs of engineering and more), check out this list.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Of the five finalists for Entrepreneur Magazine’s ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR award, there is a female founder – Limor Fried.

    The MIT-educated electrical engineer (pictured) started electronics hobbyist company Adafruit Industries to distribute DIY electronics toys like littleBits and Arduino items. Vote for her for “Entrepreneur of the Year” for the eponymous magazine – go on, go do it!

    It’s been pointed out on Twitter that the recent Mashable list of 44 female founders includes hardly any technical

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    by Angie Chang

    Ayah Bdeir’s littleBits ("Digital Legos") Raises $3.65M Series A Funding, Partners With PCH Accelerator

    An award-winning kit of pre-assembled circuits that snap together with tiny magnets, littleBits gets ready to face the mass market having raised Series A funding and sealed a partnership with PCH accelerator.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    New York-based engineer and interactive artist Ayah Bdeir, founder of littleBits, has announced raising $3.65M Series A funding from True Ventures, Khosla Ventures, O’Reilly Alpha Tech, Lerer Ventures, Jeffrey Walker and recurring investors Joi Ito, Joanne Wilson and Salah Chamma.

    She also announced littleBit’s partnership with PCH accelerator, a hardware accelerator that helps take a product to market, saying “With their help we will be able to increase and improve our production capabilities and get kids and adults around the world to get creative with electronics.”

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Founders To Watch: Startups Catering To Moms

    From subscription services for parents to circuit kits for children, there is plenty of options for Mother’s Day!

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    This week we think about moms – they have their choice of subscription services to products for them and their children. Moms also have daily deals sites catering to their unique purchasing needs.

    Here are 8 women entrepreneurs looking to serve the new and expecting moms of the world. You can find the right monthly subscription or gift for a mom in your life – or a dad – but right now it is especially timely for Mother’s Day around the corner…

    I am including women-led hardware startups selling electronic LEGOs because it is a gift to moms to have geeky toys for their little ones. May (girl) geeks rule the world one day.

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    by Angie Chang

    Joanne Wilson: An Angel Who Bets On Women-Led Companies

    By Suzanne Axtell (Technology Evangelist, O’Reilly)

     

    Blogger, mother, foodie, and hardcore New Yorker Joanne Wilson (@TheGothamGal) is one of a few female angel investors.

    Her approach to investing is unabashedly women-centric.

    As she explains in the following interview, she’s a believer in the power of the startup ecosystem to influence the economies of New York and beyond.

    Suzanne Axtell: What inspired you to move into the venture capital (VC) space?

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    by Angie Chang

    Female Startup Founders, Female CTOs And Technical Co-Founders (Oh My!)

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    This morning at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC, Julia Hu (Co-Founder & CEO of Lark) got engaged while presenting her startup onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC — her boyfriend inserted a proposal slide into her deck.

    Meanwhile, attendees at the National Center for Women in Technology annual summit were not pleased with the lack of technical women leading startups and companies. TechCrunch contributor Vivek Wadhwa tweeted “Sarah, there are very few women CTOs.” Developer and advocate Sarah Mei tweeted back, “I thought there were a few. Pointers plz.”

    Every time this happens, we at Women 2.0 put our heads together and come up with a handy list of women CTOs of tech startups for anyone who asks. From writers for magazines to conference organizations, we all want to know — where are the technical women of startups? Why are they not more frequently featured on magazine covers and quoted in newspapers?

    No more excuses. Let’s get these technical women leaders exposure.

    Female Startup Founders – Who Are Also CTOs:

    Cathy Edwards (Co-Founder & CTO, Chomp)
    Chomp‘s proprietary algorithm learns the functions and topics of apps helps you find the apps you want. Chomp was acquired by Apple in February 2012. Follow her on Twitter at @cathye.

    Sandy Jen (Co-Founder & CTO, Meebo)
    A co-founder of Meebo, Sandy is also their CTO. Google acquired Meebo for a rumored $100M in June 2012. Follow her on Twitter at @meebosandy.

    Mariya Genzel (Co-Founder & CTO, SayGent)
    Saygent started as Ultimate Hire at Women 2.0 Startup Weekend in 2009. Saygent recently raised $1M in funding. Follow her on Twitter at @mashagenzel.

    Leslie Ikemoto (Co-Founder & CTO, Animeeple)
    Leslie co-founded Animeeple, a 3D character animation tool. She wrote Hako in 24 hours and also created Hipnoz. Follow her on Twitter at @leslieikemoto.

    Aihui Ong (Founder & CEO, Love With Food)
    Aihui launched Love With Food to combine her passions two: coding and fooding, her MacBook Pro and her KitchenAid mixer. Follow her on Twitter at @aihui.

    Sarah Allen (Co-Founder & CTO, Mightyverse)
    Sarah co-founded Railsbridge to increase diversity in engineering, consults at Blazing Cloud, and co-founded Mightyverse. Follow her on Twitter at @ultrasaurus.

    Jenny Chen (Co-Founder & CTO, Wanderable)
    After working at Amazon Web Services for over five years, Jenny Chen co-founded Wanderable to make wedding registries more fun for travel lovers. Follow her on Twitter at @phethyr.

    Shilpa Dalmia (Co-Founder & CTO, ActivityHero)
    An engineer by profession and a parent at heart, Shilpa Dalmia started ActivityHero to help parents select activities for their kids. Follow her on Twitter at @shilpa_dalmia.

    Julia Grace (Co-Founder & CTO, WeddingLovely)
    After earning two degrees in computer science, Julia Grace spent 4 years at IBM Research, ran product at a startup then co-founded WeddingLovely. Follow her on Twitter at @jewelia.

    Bryn McCoy (Co-Founder & CTO, Citizen Made)
    After building innovative software for the likes of IBM and BMW, hacker and designer Bryn McCoy co-founded Citizen Made in Chicago. Follow her on Twitter at @brynmccoy.

    Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D. (Co-Founder & CTO, Affectiva)
    MIT research scientist Rana el Kaliouby co-founded Affectiva to scale video-based expression recognition technology she invented. Follow her on Twitter at @kaliouby.

    Notable Technical Women Leaders At Startups:

    Niniane Wang (CTO, Minted)
    Niniane currently leads the engineering team at Minted, having 11 years of experience at Google and Microsoft. Follow her on Twitter at @niniane and follow her startup at @minted.

    Liz Crawford (VP Engineering, Birchbox)
    Liz is currently VP of E at Birchbox. Previously, she co-founded and served as CTO of Aprizi. Follow her on Twitter at @liscrawford and follow her startup at @birchbox.

    Mary Lou Jepsen (Founding CTO, One Laptop Per Child)
    Mary Lou is currently Founder & CEO of Pixel Qi, producer of low power, sunlight readable displays. Previously, she was founding CTO of OLPC. Follow her startup at @pixelqi.

    Beth Marcus (Founder & CEO, Playrific)
    Beth founded and served as CEO for startups, most notably EXOS, which was VC-backed and sold to Microsoft in 1996. She served as CTO at Zeemote. Follow her on Twitter at @startupdoc.

    Ning Ning (VP Engineering, Perfect Market)
    Ning Ning has served as VP of E at multiple tech startups, contributing to the sale of three of these to Salesforce, MEI and AskJeeves. Follow her startup at @PerfectMarket.

    Daisy Itty (VP Engineering, DataStax)
    Daisy has served as Director of Engineering of Responsys, BlueRoads and Selectica where she was one of the first engineers. Follow her startup on Twitter at @datastax.

    Kate Matsudaira (VP Engineering, SEOmoz)
    Kate has been holding engineering positions of increasing responsibility, and currently runs engineering at SEOmoz. Follow her on Twitter at @katemats and her startup at @SEOmoz.

    Meg Withgott (Co-Founder & CTO, Panafold)
    Meg co-founded Panafold, the knowledge attraction company. She co-founded ePlanet, and led research at Xerox PARC, Interval and Sun Labs. Follow her on Twitter at @megwith.

    Chiu-Ki Chan (Founder & Developer, Monkey Write)
    After being a software engineer for over 6 years at Google and 2 startups, Chiu-ki Chan is working on Monkey Write. Follow her on Twitter at @chiuki.

    Women With Technical Backgrounds But No Longer Hold Technical Titles:

    Leah Busque (Founder & CEO, TaskRabbit)
    To outsource errands, the efficiency-minded Leah Busque coded the first version of labor marketplace TaskRabbit in 2008. Follow her on Twitter at @labusque.

    Leah Culver (Co-Founder, Grove)
    Dveloper Leah Culver co-founded Pownce, which was by Six Apart in 2008. She’s now working on Grove. Follow her on Twitter at @leahculver.

    Jess Lee (Co-Founder & CEO, Polyvore)
    Computer science major and former Google product manager Jess Lee runs Polyvore as its CEO. Polvore recently raised $14M Series C funding. Follow her on Twitter at @jesskah.

    Elizabeth Yin (Co-Founder & CEO, LaunchBit)
    Elizabeth Yin launched the email newsletter ad network LaunchBit out of 500 Startups, raising $950k investment to date. Follow her on Twitter at @launchbit.

    Jennifer Chin (Co-Founder & COO, LaunchBit)
    Front-end designer Jennifer Chin of LaunchBit boasts a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from MIT. Follow her on Twitter at @launchbit.

    Jessica Mah (Co-Founder & CEO, InDinero)
    Jessica Mah built InDinero for a real-time dashboard to make small business accounting easy for everyone. Follow her on Twitter at @JessicaMah.

    Leah Busque (Founder & CEO, TaskRabbit)
    Back by popular demand, TaskRabbit founder Leah Busque resumed her CEO title as it was announced on TechCrunch this week. Follow her on Twitter at @labusque.

    Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder & CEO, BizeeBee)
    Mint.com employee #2 and software engineer Poornima Vijayashanker started BizeeBee for SMBs. Follow her on Twitter at @poornima.

    Amy Sheng (Co-Founder, CellScope)
    Mechanical engineer Amy co-founded CellScope to extend the reach of diagnosis with medical microscopy from your smartphone. Follow Amy on Twitter at @AmySheng.

    Ayah Bdeir (Founder & Lead Engineer, littlebits)
    Ayah created litteBits, an award-winning kit of pre-assembled circuits that snap together with tiny magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming. Follow Ayah on Twitter at @AyahBdeir.

    Annie Chang (Co-Founder & Head of Products, LOLapps)
    “Don’t be fooled by the name of her startup” warned Fast Company. Annie Chang co-founded LOLapps, which was acquired by 6waves in July 2011. Follow her on Twitter at @lolapps.

    Dr. Vivienne Ming (Co-Founder, Chief Scientist & Executive Director, Socos)
    Dr. Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist launching an edu-tech startup building cognitive analytics for the classroom. Follow her on Twitter at @neuraltheory and her startup at @socos_me.

    Julie Yoo (Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Kyruus)
    Julie built the first version of the company’s data mining platform. She leads the product team at Kyruus, which received $5.5M Series A in 2011. Follow her on Twitter at @julesyoo.

    Michelle Norgan (Co-Founder & CPO, Kismet)
    Michelle, who launched her product onstage at the inaugural Women 2.0 PITCH conference, taught herself iOS programming and co-founded Kismet. Follow her on Twitter at @mnorgan.

    Chandini Ammineni (Co-Founder, ActivityHero)
    Chandini Ammineni build apps including one to help pregnant moms see the heartbeat of their babies on the iPhone, then stated ActivityHero. Follow her on Twitter at @ammineni.

    Peggy Chang (Co-Founder, ActivityHero)
    An engineer with an MBA, Peggy Chang led product management teams for Intuit, Charles Schwab and the LA Times before joining ActivityHero.

    Marcela Miyazawa (Co-Founder, Wanderable)
    Former 23andMe product manager and Stanford computer science major Marcela Miyazawa co-founded Wanderable to provide experiential honeymoon registries.

    Tracy Osborn (Founder & CEO, WeddingLovely)
    Designer and self-taught Django developer Tracy Osborn launched WeddingLovely herself until she found her technical co-founder Julia Grace. Follow her on Twitter at @limedaring.

    Erica Douglass (Founder & CEO, Whoosh Traffic)
    Prior to Whoosh Traffic, Erica Douglass sold her web hosting company for $1.1M. She built everything (website to server hardware) from scratch. Follow her on Twitter at @ericabiz.

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