WinTech World visits the Canadian National Exhibition

WinTech Events - at the CNE

WinTech World at the CNE

CNE

By Raman Kang

Every year since 1879, Toronto has hosted the largest community event in Canada, The Canadian National Exhibition. People from around the world enjoy the entertainment and get to experience technology’s latest innovations in the Innovation Garage. This year, Women in Tech World took part to encourage people to see technology differently, especially for girls.

Among the brilliant minds showcasing new technology, WinTech World demonstrated a pair of Google cardboard glasses, allowing participants the experience of riding on a roller coaster without leaving the booth. The glasses opened possibilities to the kids, of all ages, who wanted to try them on.

Easy to make and cool to try, the most exciting part about the glasses was that the kids realized they could make something like this on their own. Ali Close, CEO of WinTech World, led the activities. She was joined by WinTech World’s Ontario Provincial Ambassadors Gigi Wong, Jesse Wang and other volunteers. Close says, “It was interesting to see the reaction of parents, telling their girls, you can build this one day, because they really can.” Close hopes to spur interest in tech for young minds.

Technology crosses borders of industries and sectors. It also opens doors to societies and cultures around the world. With technology playing an ever more significant role in society, it’s important to know what works and what doesn’t. It’s also important to encourage more diversity. This is why WinTech came up with their initiative: Driving Women in Tech. The initiative is taking a WinTech team across Canada to gather data about women in tech.

WinTech World’s debut at the CNE was the perfect opportunity to get the word out about the initiative. “There were people who wanted us to come to their cities and were excited about the events,” says Close. Nothing like this tour has been done before and it doesn’t stop at data collection. The Driving WinTech initiative is about improving the tech field. It’s about kids growing up to enter a tech industry designed to help them thrive.

Encouraging youth to be a part of tech  is a priority for  WinTech World. Having a booth at the CNE allowed Close and colleagues to talk to a predominantly family-oriented crowd about the possibilities in the tech field. They showed youth how cool technology can be and they started a conversation – one that will continue across Canada. Locate a Driving WinTech event near you.  

WinTech World visits the Canadian National Exhibition

WinTech Events - at the CNE


WinTech World at the CNE

CNE

By Raman Kang

Every year since 1879, Toronto has hosted the largest community event in Canada, The Canadian National Exhibition. People from around the world enjoy the entertainment and get to experience technology’s latest innovations in the Innovation Garage. This year, Women in Tech World took part to encourage people to see technology differently, especially for girls. 

Among the brilliant minds showcasing new technology, WinTech World demonstrated a pair of Google cardboard glasses, allowing participants the experience of riding on a roller coaster without leaving the booth. The glasses opened possibilities to the kids, of all ages, who wanted to try them on.

Easy to make and cool to try, the most exciting part about the glasses was that the kids realized they could make something like this on their own. Ali Close, CEO of WinTech World, led the activities. She was joined by WinTech World’s Ontario Provincial Ambassadors Gigi Wong, Jesse Wang and other volunteers. Close says, “It was interesting to see the reaction of parents, telling their girls, you can build this one day, because they really can.” Close hopes to spur interest in tech for young minds. 

Technology crosses borders of industries and sectors. It also opens doors to societies and cultures around the world. With technology playing an ever more significant role in society, it’s important to know what works and what doesn’t. It’s also important to encourage more diversity. This is why WinTech came up with their initiative: Driving Women in Tech.The initiative is taking a WinTech team across Canada to gather data about women in tech.

 WinTech World’s debut at the CNE was the perfect opportunity to get the word out about the initiative. “There were people who wanted us to come to their cities and were excited about the events,” says Close. Nothing like this tour has been done before and it doesn’t stop at data collection. The Driving WinTech initiative is about improving the tech field. It’s about kids growing up to enter a tech industry designed to help them thrive.

Encouraging youth to be a part of tech  is a priority for  WinTech World. Having a booth at the CNE allowed Close and colleagues to talk to a predominantly family-oriented crowd about the possibilities in the tech field. They showed youth how cool technology can be and they started a conversation – one that will continue across Canada. Locate a Driving WinTech event near you.  

Everyone knows that we are living in an increasingly tech-enabled world. Not surprisingly, this is reflected in the number of jobs that are now available in the tech industry. The problem is, while the Computer Science workforce has grown by 60% since 1991, the percentage of young women going into the industry has declined (Stats Canada 2011). This needs to change.