Pegasystems Inc. and Girls in Tech have announced a grand total of $402,000 raised as a result of their fundraising initiatives. The announcement was made on the main stage of PegaWorld 2019 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas by Girls in Tech founder and CEO, Adriana Gascoigne, as part of her keynote speech on creating an inclusive culture for the next generation of female technology leaders.
“I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to be at PegaWorld and share my vision for a technology industry that not only supports inclusivity, but actively advocates for it and all the benefits it can bring,” said Adriana Gascoigne, founder and CEO, Girls in Tech. “We’re very grateful for the record-breaking generosity shown by Pega and the Trefler Foundation and look forward to seeing how this funding will change the lives of women around the world.”
As part of the fundraising initiatives, Pega donated $500 to Girls in Tech for every eligible PegaWorld registration from 24 January to 21 February 2019. Additionally, the Trefler Foundation, pledged to donate an amount equal to 50 percent of the pass price of each eligible PegaWorld registration sold from April 8 through April 30, 2019.
“Women make up half of the total college-educated workforce in this country, but only 29 percent are in the science and engineering fields,” said Alan Trefler, founder and CEO, Pegasystems. “At Pega, we believe it’s important for us and the technology industry as a whole to more accurately reflect the diversity of today’s workforce. We’re delighted to welcome Adriana to PegaWorld this year to showcase the important role Girls in Tech is playing in creating a culture of female empowerment within the tech industry.”
The money raised, which is the largest donation Girls in Tech has received in its history, will go towards global initiatives aimed at educating and empowering women who are passionate about technology. These may include:
- A year of Global Classroom courses, which help up to 2,000 participants broaden their technical skills
- Four Hacking For Humanity hackathons around the world, which will help 320 new and seasoned hackers work on solutions that will benefit their communities
- Expansion of the Girls in Tech Mentorship Program to more chapters around the globe
- Additional funding and exposure for early-stage women founders through AMPLIFY, Girls in Tech’s business pitch competition
Founded in 2007, Girls in Tech is a global non-profit working to put an end to gender inequality in high-tech industries and startups by educating and empowering women who are passionate about technology. It offers everything from coding courses to bootcamps to hackathons and startup competitions. With 43 chapters, and nearly 62,000 members in 32 countries, their mission is to support women with the access and community they need to succeed.