From the book, “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg, we discovered females have a lower chance of obtaining a mentorship within the technology industry. Even in our own past experiences with asking for career advice, it was challenging to find a female mentor to guide us in the right direction. By brainstorming, our team came with the solution of creating a female and gender minority mentorship for college students and graduates. This was a guide for them to learn more about a female’s perspective in the technology industry.
What it does
HER START provides career-growth opportunities to women and gender minorities in the technology industry by connecting mentees with mentors in their prospective careers and industry provided in the registration form from the website.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We were able to pull together to create our template, learned to code new languages, and provide content while emphasizing our application’s mission statement. Our design is visually appealing and provides an important resource for female empowerment in the tech industry.
What we learned
Brainstorming ideas and wireframing the application before design production allows elements and concepts to flow properly. Realizing each member’s skill set and how best to contribute also ensures a smoother collaboration. Finally, delegating tasks so each member has the opportunity to both learn to code and also explore new skills makes it a fun and challenging project.
What's next for HER START
We would like to expand social and professional opportunities through our mentorship experience for female and gender-minority college students/graduates. By creating this platform we can providing a voice for females in the male-dominant tech industry.