ChickTech: High School is a year-long series of opportunities for 150 young women in the Portland Metro Area, providing hands-on workshops, mentoring, and internship opportunities. Each ChickTech: High School year begins with the High School Kickoff, a hands-on technology learning event for 150 high school girls.

Each year, the ChickTech: High School year begins with High School Kickoff. The High School Kickoff is a two-day long event that inspires local girls to become hands-on technology creators. In 2018, our kickoff will be held from November 10th-11th at Portland State’s Maseeh College of Engineering. This exciting weekend-long technology camp has youth speakers, keynote speakers, 10 hours of hands-on technology workshops, meals, college tours, and the Tech Showcase. All of our High School workshops are hands-on so that participants come out of each with a sense of accomplishment and a burst of confidence. By increasing our participants’ self-confidence and interest in technology, we increase the number of girls who aspire to technology careers. This important work is shaping the workforce of tomorrow to have the diverse skills and perspectives needed for the industry to thrive.

2018 Kickoff Sponsors


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In-Kind Donations-$999

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Sponsors make the ChickTech High School Kickoff. To become a sponsor, read our Portland Partnership Booklet and email the Portland Program Manager at to learn more.

2018 Kickoff Schedule

Saturday, November 10th

  • 8:30am – 9:00am: Registration
  • 9:00am – 9:30am: Breakfast
  • 9:30am – 9:40am: Transition to auditorium
  • 9:40am – 10:20am: Youth and adult keynote speakers
  • 10:20am – 12:00pm: Workshop session
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm – 5:30pm: Workshop session
  • 5:30pm: Transportation pickup

Sunday, November 11th

  • 8:30am – 9:00am: Registration
  • 9:00am – 9:30am: Breakfast
  • 9:30am – 9:40am: Transition to auditorium
  • 9:40am – 10:20 am: Youth and adult keynote speakers
  • 10:20am – 12:00pm: Workshop session
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch and Portland State University tour
  • 1:00pm – 3:30pm: Workshop session
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm: Finalize projects for Tech Showcase
  • 4:30pm -5:30pm: Tech Showcase
  • 5:30pm: Transportation pickup

2018 Kickoff Volunteering

This event is not possible without 60+ volunteers who volunteer their time to inspire the next generation of technology creators. To sign up for a volunteer shift at the kickoff, fill out our volunteer application. The volunteer orientation will be November 7th at 6pm, sign up here.

2018 Kickoff Workshops

The high school kickoff has 8-10 workshops that participating girls can take part in.  in 2018, we will feature 10 workshops taught by local technologists.

2018 Kickoff Nominations

Interested in nominating High School girls, nonbinary students, or trans students to participate in our ChickTech program? Check out our High School Nominations page. Nominations close in October, but you can nominate girls for monthly workshops throughout the year.

2018 Tech Showcase

Come join us on November 11th in celebrating the accomplishments of girls in technology! After a long weekend and 10 hours of workshop time at Kickoff, each student produces a technology project. Among others, projects will include programmed robots, original designs come to life with 3D printing, wearable Soft Circuit jewelry, and a completely original movie written, produced, shot, and edited by the girls. Each girl shares her project at the tech show with the community. Join us to celebrate them! The tech show is open to all community members. Family, loved ones, friends, personal cheerleaders, educators, counselors, people who support diversity, and mentors of the ChickTech class are all welcome! RSVP for the Tech Showcase here.

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