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Mar. 6, 2018 9:56 am

The Baltimore Women in Tech micro grant program is back for a second year

The program, organized by SmartLogic, looks to fund projects that empower women and increase gender diversity in the tech community. This year, $7K in funding is available.

A mentor panel at the first Decode Me Space event.

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SmartLogic’s program to support projects empowering women in the tech community is back for a second year.

The Baltimore Women in Tech Micro Grant program has $7,000 in grant funding for projects this year, said SmartLogic Operations Manager Chelsea Keene. Along with the Canton-based dev firm contributing $5,000, the program is also supported by Bold Yellow.

The initiative seeks to focus on grassroots projects that propose “ways to help women in the community and the community as a whole,” Keene said. Some ideas offered by SmartLogic include a beginner’s guide to the tech community, or an event supporting side projects developed by women in the community. And it’s not only about devs, as Keene said the tech community goes beyond software developers.

Here’s how she summed up some of last year’s recipients in a recap post:

During the 18 BWiT-sponsored events, grantees provided 145.75 hours of programming. These programming hours were spent teaching moms valuable technology skills for their businesses; female high school students how to program Arduino necklaces; young adults and children important STEM skills via dirt bikes; and young adults how to deal with emotions that stem from bullying.

In addition to funding, organizers are also looking to provide programming to support the projects. The recipients of the funding will once again be selected by a committee made up of women from the tech community.

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