Program seeks to bring women into technology

A project that is designed to bring more young women in technology will be initiated today with a ceremony involving President Luis Guillermo Solís.

This is the MenTe en Acción program created by the non-profit Amigos of Costa Rica, an arm of the U.S.A Foundation.

“Around the world, the technology field has a gender diversity problem,” said Amigos on the project Web site. “A combination of social forces discourage women from entering this field. MenTe en Acción is a 12-week program to empower 50 young women into becoming engineers, developers, and get excited about technology. The program also engages professional women already in the workforce and current students pursuing these majors to create a network that serves as a social support system.”

Operators of the program will create 10 teams of teen women to create computer applications over 12 Saturdays, and members of the winning team will get full university scholarships, Amigos said.

The organization is seeking donations for the program. The word MenTe is a play on the Spanish word for mind. The word also is short for mujeres en tecnología, “Women in technology.”

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