OUR MISSION

At INTech Camp, our mission is to inform and inspire girls to innovate in the technology industry.

OUR VISION
We envision a world where girls are not only equal creators of technology, they are confident leaders in the technology industry. INTech delivers unforgettable tech experiences that inform and inspire our girls.

3 Pillars of INTech

WE INFORM

INTech gives our girls an essential education in the foundations of computer science and technology. Scholars will explore programming languages, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and more.

WE INSPIRE

To give girls confidence, it’s vital that they hear from people who look like them that have found success in the field. At INTech, awesome women speakers share their career path and provide advice to motivate our Scholars and show them all the possibilities ahead of them.

WE INNOVATE

INTech scholars are taught how to solve problems with technological solutions. Beyond everyday tech like mobile apps and tablets, our girls gain hands-on experience with a wide range of technology to unlock their creativity and their potential.
ABOUT US

We started something special in April 2014.

On the campus of UNC Charlotte, INTech Camp for Girls hosted its first one-day program for middle school girls. After seeing the reactions of everyone who attended, the volunteers, the parents, and the participants themselves, Founder Khalia Braswell recognized the importance of what they had done, and the need to do more.

In partnership with Teach For America South Carolina, INTech followed up their early success with 3 camps in 3 different cities in South Carolina in 1 day. More than 70 Black and Latina girls were able to learn about HTML, CSS and website development from women in tech who looked like them. It was a powerful experience to connect with girls from rural communities who often have less access and exposure to education in computer science and engineering.
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INTech quickly expanded across the Carolinas, hosting programs in Charlotte and Raleigh that to-date have engaged a total of 1,100 Black and Latina girls. We strive to give them the confidence to pursue their interest in technology and open doors to endless career opportunities. With the advent of COVID-19, INTech transitioned to fully virtual programming. Today, INTech uses innovation to inform and inspire girls all across the U.S. and Canada to be part of the next generation of technologists.

Despite making up half of the total workforce, women hold only 25% of positions within the tech industry. Of those women, only 3% are Black or Latina. Women in general, and Black and Latina women specifically, are under-represented in the technology field. INTech’s purpose is to transform that workforce, unlocking the potential of our girls to be both creators of technology and leaders in their field.

Research shows that girls who take a computer science course in high school are 10 times more likely to pursue a computer science major in college. INTech recognizes that not all girls have the opportunity to study technology at their school so we created that opportunity for them through unique and accessible programming. We also know how important it is to see, hear, and learn from the experiences of successful women in the tech industry. Our volunteers serve as role models and inspirations for our scholars.

INTech is proud to serve girls nationwide who have an interest in technology and we look forward to seeing each of them thrive!

Our Board & Staff

Khalia Braswell
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Founder of
INTech Camp for Girls
Ayana Ferguson, M.S.
Board Treasurer

Data Scientist, sas
Denae Ford Robinson, PHD
Interim Board President

Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research
Brie'Anna Brown
PROGRAM SPECIALIST

SENIOR AT UNC CHARLOTTE
Jasmine Johnson
PROGRAM SPECIALIST

JUNIOR AT CLARK ATLANTA UNIV.
MEET OUR FOUNDER
Khalia Braswell was hooked on technology as soon as she received her first computer from her mother. She was in the 4th grade. She was fortunate to be able to enroll in a tech-focused public high school and fell in love with computer programming. It was logical for Khalia to go on to complete an undergraduate program in computer science and a masters program in information technology. Ultimately, she found her way to Silicon Valley and began a successful career as a User Experience Engineer for the holy grail of the tech world: Apple.

As she progressed in her career, the lack of diversity in technical roles among her colleagues was undeniable. There was low representation of women in general, and a severe shortage of Black and Latina women in particular. Khalia felt a call to do something to address the issue.

In 2014, Khalia launched INTech Camp for Girls as a side project to lift Black and Latina girls up to be a part of the next generation of technologists, showing them all the opportunities available to them. Her passion for the project was so great that she left her job at Apple, a bold move, in 2018 to commit to the non-profit organization full time.

Khalia is proud of the difference she is making in the life of every INTech girl. A life-long learner herself, Khalia is now completing a PhD program in Education through Temple University and expects to graduate in May 2022.

Our PARTNERS