Sarah Johnson


Workshop: How to Engage the Next Generation of Women in Technology

Sarah Johnson
Community Outreach Manager @ TechGirlz

About the Workshop

You can help middle school girls embrace technology by running your own hands-on workshop. Come learn how first-hand by participating in an intro to coding workshop run using TechShopz in a BoxTM – free technology workshop plans from TechGirlz, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit dedicated to reducing the gender gap in technology. We will also review other workshop topics that are available such as Scratch and Raspberry Pi, Little Bits, Introduction to Linux and more.

About the Presenter

Sarah Johnson started her IT career as a receptionist who asked why her company used pen and paper instead of a web application and ended up as the Manager of Technology. She learned web programming on the job with support from community tech user groups, eventually giving back to the same community by teaching with organizations like Girl Develop It and TechGirlz. After volunteering with TechGirlz as a teacher, committee member, and TechShopz Coach, Sarah was hired as the Community Outreach Manager, working to engage the community in and beyond Philadelphia to inspire girls to learn about technology.

Sarah’s social life consists of organizing and attending technology-related events in the Philadelphia area. She is a co-organizer of OpenAccessPHL, a network of civic technology enthusiasts and innovators, a member of the planning committee for the Women in Tech Summit, and an active member of the Code for Philly brigade of Code for America.