12,000 people.

We spoke in front of 12,000 people.

 

Michelle, Madison and Karen getting into the IBM spirit!
Michelle, Madison and Karen getting into the IBM spirit!

In retrospect, we were only up there at the 2017 InterConnect main stage for about 6 minutes. But for three high-school girls like us who, up until a year prior, literally did not know how to code (let alone figure out the beautiful complexities of IBM’s Bluemix platform), it was pretty amazing. Coding is amazing. And when we stood up there with Girls Who Code CEO Reshma Saujani (Ginni Rometty herself surprised us with internships), coding proved itself to be a gateway for opportunities to create extraordinary things and collaborate with people who are just as motivated as we are to make this world a better place.

It all began with Girls Who Code. Girls Who Code (GWC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology by partnering with companies around the United States to teach girls how to program. The three of us met at the GWC Summer Immersion Program at IBM Silicon Valley Labs, where we spent seven weeks of our summer discovering the world of coding. In our class of 20 girls, we were introduced to several coding languages, such as Java and Python, and courses like robotics and design thinking. Our final project, BlueShop, was an application developed on IBM’s Bluemix platform with the intent to help shoppers by using stores’ social media to compile relevant coupons and discounts.

After our Summer Immersion Program ended, though, we got to present our final project to an even wider audience at the Watson Developer Conference in San Francisco. In a 20-minute flash talk to a packed conference room, we showcased how we utilized Watson in our project and discussed our experience with Girls Who Code at IBM. It was exciting to show people what we’ve done with Watson, but little did we know that this would be a stepping stone to something even greater.

This past February, we were surprised with email invitations to speak at InterConnect, IBM’s annual conference with its business partners to discuss the progress and future of the company. Thrilled, we packed our bags and flew out to Las Vegas for what would be an incredible experience. Looking back on it, speaking with Ginni and Reshma was definitely the major highlight of our trip, but we also really enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many people passionate about using technology and Watson to create change. Now, we hope to share that same passion to create change during our internship.

Showing off our brand new, shiny IBM badges!
Showing off our brand new, shiny IBM badges!

 

Stay tuned to hear more about our daily lives at IBM! Talk to you guys soon 🙂

 

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18 comments on"Hello World and greetings from the Girls Who Code summer interns at IBM!"

  1. RuntimeMeg July 13, 2017

    I love hearing how you are embracing all of these opportunities. Kudos to all three of you!

  2. Aishwarya Ravichandran July 16, 2017

    It’s awesome to see so many initiatives for inspired women!! This keeps us going! Is there any co-op or internship position available for this winter at IBM? I am in search of one. Please ping me if any information.( Dalhousie Graduate Student – MACS)

    • MadisonGong July 18, 2017

      Hi Aishwarya,

      Thank you! I am not aware of any co-op or internship positions available for this winter at IBM, but Cindy Donovan or Christina Harmon from HR might! @cdonvan @harmonc

    • MadisonGong August 01, 2017

      Hi Aishwarya, here’s some more information!

      We do have co-op opportunities, however the typical time frames for them are August-December or January-May, and they largely depend on the school and if we have IBM locations nearby. We’re still in the process of creating opportunities for this upcoming Fall, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s not a lot of opportunities posted at our Careers Page. With that being said, I’ve attached a few steps that I’ve put together with tips/tricks to better help students try to find opportunities at IBM!

      Search and apply to the positions that interest you via http://www-03.ibm.com/employment/us/entry_level_campus.shtml (it’s highly encouraged to apply to multiple positions as long as they meet the basic qualifications).
      Once you create a profile, under “Candidate Zone” you can create a “Search Agent Manager”, which allows you to create, edit and run saved searches. Saved searches can be configured to have the newest results of your search e-mailed to you on a regular basis.
      You can utilize our new Find your Fit Tool – Participate in the first release of IBM’s new job matching capability powered by Watson. Provide your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) and let Watson match you to current IBM jobs that you can apply to today. You can also provide feedback on how well we did providing jobs that fit you to help Watson learn and provide even better matches in the future! https://www-03.ibm.com/employment/find_your_fit.html
      Once you apply, you can login to your profile to view the status of your application at any time: https://krb-sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/Home?partnerid=26059&siteid=5016##home&loggedIn=false
      View the following links and subscribe and/or follow . We post about a lot of different hiring programs and exciting things going on within IBM.

  3. Alisa J Adams July 16, 2017

    You all are so lucky. Congratulations to all.

  4. Ritu Bhargava July 17, 2017

    Hello – it’s great to see IBM stepping up to engage young minds especially girls ! Are there similar event(s) / opportunities for young girls in the Hudson Valley NY area ?

    • MichelleyLiang July 17, 2017

      IBM hosts Girls Who Code camps at certain locations during the summer. Applications for those are open during the spring for rising juniors and seniors in high school!

  5. Catherine Solazzo July 17, 2017

    So proud of you ladies and how you have jumped right into your projects. Can’t wait for final presentation day!

    • MichelleyLiang July 17, 2017

      Thank you Catherine for all your support! ❤️

    • KarenSupandi July 17, 2017

      Thank you Catherine! We appreciate it so much.

    • MadisonGong July 17, 2017

      Thank you Catherine! We are really enjoying our time at IBM and love working with you and Maureen! 🙂

  6. Hi,
    Can you please help me know how can I be a part of this. I am really interested for the same but dont have idea as in where in India I can get this.I am from Bangalore,India so please help me know about this.

  7. superbbbb …..

  8. Great article and well done on all you have achieved. I see great things for the future! You probably don’t realise just how much sharing your experience gives back to the IBM community. Humbled, proud and inspired.

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