Balsamiq Sponsorships & Raffle Update for January 2021
Hello friends of Balsamiq,
Last year was challenging to say the least. But we still want to take a moment reflect on the positive accomplishments of 2020.
Although many events had to postpone in order to protect the health of the public, many organizers were able to successfully transition to a virtual format, making educational content available worldwide and opening the doors to groups who would not have been able to attend in person.
Balsamiq sponsored 176 events this year and are pleased to confirm that 49% of our spent funds went towards the advancement of underrepresented communities in effort to make tech more accessible.
“TechTogether Seattle is committed to empowering gender-marginalized youth in the STEM field, and provide them with safe spaces to learn, build, and hack. Open to any female, femme, and non-binary individuals interested in STEM of any level – beginner to experienced hackers. Build your network, learn new skills, and join our community, all while bridging the gender gap.”
“StarHacks is an all-female identifying and nonbinary high school hackathon. Our mission is to provide a safe and empowering space for gender minorities in technology to explore coding, regardless of experience. We strive to encourage them to pursue technology and computing, a largely male-dominated field, making us one step closer to closing the gender gap.”
“Each year McHacks is proud to welcome a diverse group of students from across North America to Montreal for a jam-packed weekend of hacking. This year, McHacks is going global! For 36 hours, the best and brightest students from around the world will connect remotely and build their dreams. Whether you're writing your first line of code, playing around with APIs, or building the next blockchain, McHacks is the place for you.”
“Spend the day programming, hear from speakers and Tech companies, engage in fun activities, create a project in a small group with your own college mentor, and much more! Our goal is to host a day-long virtual event where middle-school students can learn how to feel empowered to program for social good. Students will be put in groups with experienced and inspiring mentors to create a practical and technological solution to solve the problem posed.”
“For the first time in its history, Interaction Week will be happening online in 2021. This year we go global, around-the-clock and more accessible than ever. We need you ready to solve the problems of our generation. Buckle up — this will be one for the books! Engage in conversations about the perils in our world today, what led us to this place and inspiring solutions to dramatically change our path forward. Our amazing speakers will delve into the themes of anger, accountability, and action. We can’t wait to meet you.” IxDA’s name and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of IxDA and are used with permission.
“Product World Forum is a one-day platform at which leading product management, and development executives provide tactical insights on the innovative initiatives implemented at the world’s most successful organisations. The event’s focus is simple: Each speaker shares their INCREDIBLE story, and our community walks away with actionable tactics, and strategies they can implement into their own projects the same day. A day filled with keynote presentations, panel discussions, and networking opportunities… See you there!”
“uOttaHack is uOttawa's largest hackathon and this year will be its more exciting iteration yet! To commemorate this special milestone, uOttaHack 4 is expanding the hacker experience with new initiatives to create an unforgettable weekend for its hackers, VIRTUALLY! COVID-19 has brought the greatest medical challenge that world has seen in our generation. For uOttaHack 4, we are bringing hackers together to help build solutions for issues our local community is facing due to COVID-19.”
“It’s quite hard to bring all of these UX legends under the same roof, so what better way to do it than gathering all of them in a digital setting? UXLx Masters is a new, one-off event where you’ll learn from the cream of the crop of the industry worldwide. Hosted online from Lisbon, the masterclasses are scheduled to be comfortable for attendees in different timezones, no matter if you are in Seattle or Helsinki. Mingle with peers and thought leaders in the industry in fun online side-events and networking activities. See what others are doing, share ideas and make connections with others within the field.”
“HackHealth is a 24-hour health-themed hackathon, hosted by Women in Computer Science at Stony Brook University, that welcomes all students and is devoted to being minority and beginner-friendly, providing a comfortable environment for everyone to develop their ideas and improve their skills.”
“The seventh iteration of GunnHacks, Gunn High School's annual hackathon. Join us from February 12th to 14th for an virtual, 36 hour high school hackathon. Work in teams of up to four to create something amazing. We welcome any high school student with an interest in technology!”
"Over the course of 8 hours, hackathon participants are encouraged to learn and develop new technical skills, network with sponsor company representatives, and innovate with passion. This hackathon is entirely student organized and aims to increase diversity and inclusion in the technology industry. Our third annual hackathon will be fully remote, with live events being held on February 13th, 2021 online."
Were hoping to achieve even more in 2021 and we’re excited to support the many wonderful events to come!
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