• December 18

    Women in Tech - Progress is Being Made

    Posted on: 12/18/2012 12:14:47 PM | Comments (0)

    Earlier this month, MBA Online created a terrific graphic illustrating women's increased participation in tech. Check it out! Have you noticed any changes in the tech sector in Boise? Who is thinking about starting a business? Who started a business in 2012? As you think about the goals you want to accomplish in 2013, give this chart some thought. Do you want to start a tech-based business? Are you interested in gaining more STEM education? Do you want to serve on a corporate board?

    Let us know - we are here to help! Here's to more progress in 2013!

    And a big thanks to our friend Britt Ide ((at)brittide on Twitter) with Ide Law & Strategy for bringing this infographic to our attention.

    The Rise Of Women In Tech
  • December 17

    The Game of Books

    Posted on: 12/17/2012 10:00:33 AM | Comments (0)

    Looking for a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer for the reader(s) in your life? Check out The Game of Books, a game engine for reading and a project by Boise's own Novel Projects (aka Booklamp). Aaron Stanton and his team have a project on Kickstarter to bring the game to life.

    The good news is that they met their funding goal of $102,364 with hours to spare! The funds raised will provide access to The Game for schools and libraries. There is still time to contribute and be part of an exciting and educational game for readers of all ages. They would like to raise at least $110,000. With 2 hours left, they are at $108,038.

    Every little bit moves them closer to their goal and puts The Game of Books in more schools and libraries around the world. If you are interested and able to contribute, check out The Game of Books on Kickstarter.

    We just pledged a little - it was quick and painless. We are really excited to be part of this entrepreneurial aspect of our community and even more excited to see and play The Game of Books!


    Happy Holidays!


  • December 14

    Calling Software Engineers

    Posted on: 12/14/2012 4:30:30 PM | Comments (0)

    Healthwise needs you! Healthwise is looking for a Software Engineer V. This is a manager position that is full time with benefits. The salary range is $66,000 to 87,000 depending on experience. To find out more or to apply, visit Healthwise's job page.

    Don't forget that the Idaho TechJobs portal is your one-stop shop for tech related information and job opportunities. Visit the portal here.

    Tell your friends!

  • December 05

    Why Girls in Tech Boise Need to Attend 12/12/12

    Posted on: 12/5/2012 5:56:30 AM | Comments (0)

    Because a picture is worth a thousand words.....

    We just discovered a terrific graphic at JUMPTHRU, a women's business accelerator, that speaks volumes and broadcasts the urgency and timeliness of the 12/12/12 at 12:00 noon event at Berryhill. Want to learn how you can prepare yourself for Board service? Better yet, are you ready to take a seat at the table? RSVP here today and learn more.



    JUMPTHRU (2012). Where are the women on tech company boards? Retrieved from  http://http://www.mytechletter.com/techh/tech-board-directors-women/
  • December 04

    Why Should Every American Care About Who Serves On Corporate Boards?

    Posted on: 12/4/2012 8:19:16 AM | Comments (0)

    As a preamble to the 12/12/12 12:00 noon event to encourage more diversity on boards, the Women on Boards group is taking the conversation to the Twitterverse today at 10:00 am MT (12:00 noon ET).

    Joining the conversation is easy - just log on to Twitter at 10:00 am and follow or post to the conversation using #1212WOB

    A sample of conversation topics include:

    Why should consumers care about board consumption?

    Is being on a board good for your career? What's it take to get appointed?

    How can women better position themselves to serve?

    Listen in on an important conversation today at 10:00 am MT and don't forget to to RSVP for the event on 12/12/12 at 12:00 noon at Berryhill. Trust us, you'll be glad you did.


  • November 16

    Where Will You Be 12/12/12 at 12 Noon?

    Posted on: 11/16/2012 3:54:47 PM | Comments (0)

    Girls in Tech Boise is proud to be a part of an important conversation encouraging gender diversity on US corporate boards. The conversation takes place nationally on 12/12/12 at 12 noon.

    In Boise, join the conversation at Berryhill (121 N. 9th St., Boise) on 12/12/12 at 12 noon.

    Learn why board diversity matters, the skills needed and how to become a board member from

    Eileen Langan Barber, Director & Co-founder, Keynetics
    Lesley Slaton McNorton, Senior Manager, Global Marketing, Hewlett-Packard, executive on loan to the National Action Committee for Minorities in Engineering
    Mark Solon, Managing Partner, Highway 12 Ventures

    It's an important conversation for consumers, shareholders, employees and community leaders; take a seat at the table and RSVP today.

    For additional information, or questions, please contact Kelli at kelli(at)idelawstrategy.com. Thanks to Britt Ide and Kelli Soll of Ide Law & Strategy for bringing the conversation to Boise.

    Note: The event is part of 2020 Women On Boards, a 501c3 organization. Part of your registration fee ($20) for the luncheon will be considered a donation to 2020 Women on Boards and is tax deductible as allowed by law.

  • November 11

    Girls in Tech Boise & Go Lead Idaho Celebrate Together November 13th

    Posted on: 11/11/2012 8:55:49 AM | Comments (0)

    Girls in Tech Boise will join the women of Go Lead Idaho for a Post Election Social Hour on Tuesday, November 13th from 5:00 to 6:30 pm at The Brickyard (downtown Boise, 601 W. Main St.).

    You may recall that we were scheduled to have an educational session this month. We have decided to hold off on that so that we can join in and celebrate the success of those fearless women that ran for office this year. The newly elected and re-elected women official have been invited to attend. Show your support and find out how you can get more involved by joining us on Tuesday night.

    Please note: This is a no-host cocktail reception.

    We hope to see you there!
  • November 09

    TechJobs Portal

    Posted on: 11/9/2012 9:04:28 AM | Comments (0)

    Attention Techies of All Ages!

    The TechJobs Portal is now live. A project spearheaded by the Boise Valley Economic Partnership's entrepreneurial roundtables with Idaho tech companies and entrepreneurial support organizations and jointly endorsed and championed by the Idaho Technology Council and the Idaho Department of Labor, the TechJobs Portal provides information on jobs in the Boise Valley and the state. From the TechJobs Portal, you can search for tech jobs, find out information on the tech sector and link to other job related resources. 

    If you know of companies looking to hire, encourage them to post their jobs to the site. If you know of people looking for opportunities in the tech sector, encourage them to search the site. You can even add the TechJobs badge to your site. You'll see the badge on our homepage in the right hand column.

    The job aggregation site is the first step in a multi-pronged approach to showcase the Boise Valley's talent and companies. Read the press release here.

  • November 02

    Inspire Readers of All Ages and Support a Local Kickstarter Project

    Posted on: 11/2/2012 6:09:12 AM | Comments (0)

    If you love books and reading, check out and support The Game of Books, the new project from Booklamp.org's Aaron Stanton on Kickstarter.

    Designed to support and encourage the discovery of books, Stanton has dubbed it 'Magic:The Gathering for Reading'. Readers use technology and gamify the reading experience, discovering new authors, titles, series, genres, etc earning badges and points along the way. We'd tell you more, but the write-up on Kickstarter is so better than any editing or explaining we could do.

    There are 45 more days to go to help them reach their goal. Check out the Kickstarter offering here.

    Even if you don't contribute to the project, its great to check in our one of our favorite local companies and entrepreneurs and see what they are up to.

  • October 21

    Guest Post: Here's to Making Gold the New Pink

    Posted on: 10/21/2012 7:05:53 PM | Comments (0)

    After reading this post about engineering toys for girls on the Girls in Tech Boise blog, I clicked the GoldieBlox link.  Hey, I've got a 6 year old girl and am tired of the same old toys in the pink aisle.  I watched their video.

    After watching the video I was inspired to act.  I immediately shared the link on Twitter and supported them on Kickstarter.  The video was so good I felt like I didn't really have a choice.  My daughter NEEDS to have this.

    With these toys, a girl not only builds the project, but builds an interest in engineering and science.  I want to give my daughter the opportunity to love engineering.  Maybe it won't click with her, but I want to give her the option of finding out.  Yes, she happens to like dress-up - there's nothing wrong with that.  It's just that she is a lot more than that.

    I also want to support Debbie, this young woman who is starting her own business in GoldieBlox.  I admire her for aiming to solve a problem  by making the toy she wishes she had growing up.  I LOVE that motivation.  Even though I haven't experienced the actual product, I feel confident of its quality by watching the girls experience it in the video.  I couldn't help but smile, watching those girls learn with excitement.  And Debbie obviously did extensive product research and testing - I gasped a little when she said that boys like building and girls like reading.  So true!  Inserting the storytelling component is key!  Smart woman, that Debbie.

    Soon after I backed GoldieBlox on Kickstarter, I received a thank you email along with an invitation to submit a video to have my kid star in their next video.  They provided their manifesto, a script of sorts, for the kids to recite.  I said a few lines aloud, had my daughter repeat after me, and before I knew it she had it memorized.  I caught some footage on my iPhone and emailed it to the GoldieBlox team.

    And here is Chloe, at 1:22, saying "You can be anything. Go anywhere".

    Thanks, GoldieBlox for helping to break down barriers.  Here's to making gold the new pink!

    About the author: Angela Bowman is a planner at heart, an Idaho girl, a devoted wife, and mom of two.  She loves to make things with her own two hands. She blogs at www.angelab.me.

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