1000 Bits of Hope
Educate. Inspire. Empower.
1000 Bits of Hope is a project with the purpose of providing girls with inspiration and access to start their own computer science journeys. Currently, girls are still a minority in the CS and tech field and there are three main reasons as to why girls don’t pursue careers in these fields: lack of confidence due to gender stereotyping, absence of mentorship and support, and a need for more exposure. Let's change that! To combat these issues, the project is crafted with a handful of initiatives including a web video interview series and global tech events.
The hope is that with these initiatives girls will have the opportunity to gain more exposure in the industry, meet and network with role models, and see that the tech field is for girls too! With both the global events and the video series, girls can hear the stories of successful women-in-tech either in-person and/or virtually, making the content nearly accessible to all!
Technology Career Events
Currently, two events have been hosted in the Bay Area and the plan is to host more in the future! The purpose of the events is to provide a hands on learning experience where girls have the opportunity to meet and network with women role models and also participate in engaging activities! Events usually consist of a panel of female speakers, opportunities for girls to ask their questions and gain insight, activities, and giveaways! To learn more about the events and upcoming opportunities explore the options below!
Super Bytes With Suhani Singhal
Super Bytes with Suhani Singhal is a video interview series with the purpose of giving every girl the opportunity to explore the stories of successful women in tech no matter the hardships or disparities they may be facing. This video series is accessible to all and makes learning about women role models and pursuing Computer Science as a female nearly effortless. Each video highlights a different role model's story and goes in depth on her journey, obstacles, advice, career and more! Not only will girls learn helpful tips and exceptional, unique stories, but they will also learn about different career options within the tech field.
Start exploring the video series and watching the videos by clicking on the pictures below!
CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA
Former NASA Rocket Scientist
Co-Founder and CTO of Edlyft
CEO of Digital Citizen Fund
First female CEO of a tech company in Afghanistan
CEO of Obsess
Integrating Technology with Fashion
Executive VP at Sage Software
UX Engineer @ Youtube
CEO and Board Member of Medigram Inc.
Founders of Girls Teaching Girls to Code working at Apple, LinkedIn, and Quora
Zara Chiara Fernandez
Senior Full Stack Software Engineer @ Saleseforce
Chief of Staff, Product @ LinkedIn
Director of Engineering of Alternative Monetization @ Youtube
Product Marketing Manager @ Google
Suhani Singhal is a Junior at UC Berkeley Studying EECS and Business in the M.E.T. Program. As a life-long Girl Scout, she is passionate about giving back to community and working on problems that solve real-world issues. For example, Suhani co-founded the app Pomona, an android app which connects restaurants with users to sell leftover meals at reduced prices for the competition Technovation. After the competition was over, she went on to become a mentor, student ambassador, and an intern for the organization. She has also been practicing taekwondo for over 8 years and has earned her second-degree black belt. On campus, Suhani is part of many organizations like Machine Learning at Berkeley, HKN EECS Honor Society, Codeology, Regents & Chancellor's program, and M.E.T. This past summer she worked at Salesforce as a Software Engineer intern and previously worked as a Machine Learning intern at ArrowDx, a Boston based startup. During her free time, she finds herself watching sci-fi movies, building projects, and hanging out with friends.
In high school, Suhani became interested in Computer Science and technology, but she was very surprised when she found that she was only one of a few girls in her CS classes. Living in the bay area, she expected to see a lot more female representation in her classes, and she couldn’t begin to imagine what issues and problems girls were facing across the country let alone around the world. As a result, she decided to dedicate her Girl Scout Gold Award project to combat this issue and created her project 1000 bits of hope. Although the project started off as her gold award, she strives to continue this project and further develop the platform she has created.
Girl Scout Councils
* Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest- Southern New Mexico & West Texas (shared privately)
* Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains- New Hampshire & Vermont (shared privately and using for coding badge)
* Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho (shared privately and using for Gold Award)
* Girl Scouts of Nasseau County- New York (shared privately on on website)