Dare 2b Digital 2011

A Conference on Careers for Young Women using Computing Technologies

Addressing the Gender Gap in Careers in Computer Science!

I am delighted to announce that the 2nd Annual Dare 2B Digital (D2BD) Conference on Careers for Young Women using Computing Technologies took place on Saturday, February 12, 2011, 9:00 – 3:30 pm at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

We look forward to seeing you or your sister next year!

Conference Photos

About the event:

  • This one-day event for young women in the 7-10 grades is aimed squarely at the next generation of San Francisco Bay Area entrepreneurs and technologists;
  • Local technologists from companies like Cisco, IBM and Microsoft will teach sessions including: Robotics, How to Create Your Own Movie, Basic Computer Programming and more;
  • Students will have the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt taking place in the brand new Revolution Exhibit opening at the museum in January 2011;
  • Parents can attend sessions on Financing College Education, Online Safety and Handling Teen Stress and visit the new exhibit;
  • The event is sponsored by local tech companies. See the sponsor page for a complete list.

If your company is interested in becoming a corporate partner please contact me for additional information.

I hope you will plan to join us on February 12th!

Ruth A. Stergiou


Invent Your Future Enterprises

Tel: 650-592-9227


2010 NAWBO Silicon Valley Enterprising Woman of the Year Award;

2010 Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal Top 100 Women of Influence.



Dare 2b Digital

The 2nd Annual Dare 2B Digital Conference is scheduled for February 12, 2011, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.

The intent of the Conference is to open the eyes of Young Women (7th to 10th grade) both to the pervasiveness of computing technologies in their everyday life and to the wide spectrum of exciting and creative careers that leverage an education in Computer Science or Electrical Engineering.

What is the Need for Dare 2B Digital?

The United States is falling seriously behind other nations in developing its future workforce of technology experts.  A shrinking talent pool and a critical under-representation of women in the fields of technology threaten our global competitiveness. Women hold more than half of all professional occupations in the U.S. but in 2009 only 25 percent of professional IT-related occupations were held by women—down from 36% in 1991. Computer science is the only STEM field in which women’s participation has actually decreased over time. Only 18% of computer and information science degrees were awarded to women in 2008, down from 37% in 1985.

Mission of Dare 2B Digital:

The mission of Dare 2B Digital is to ensure that women are fully represented in the wide spectrum of exciting, creative and lucrative careers that leverage an education in Computer Science. Dare 2B Digital reaches out to girls - middle school and high school students – including those in underserved communities, who use familiar technology everyday (cell phones, video games, the Internet), but who usually do not consider careers that envision, develop, market, sell, apply, or rely on these and other technologies.


    • to understand and remove barriers to girls’ participation in careers that leverage an education in Computer Science
    • to help spread the knowledge that computational literacy enables success in other careers
    • Involve parents, community and business organizations in fostering and enhancing girls’ educational experiences with relation to technology.