2020 TechWomen program




2020 TechWomen program
an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau (ECA). The 2020 TechWomen program encourages and supports women engaged in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields from the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Central Asia.
Approximately 108 professional women working in STEM fields from 21 countries in North Africa and the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Central Asia will travel to the United States in September 2020 for an intensive exchange focused on promoting collaboration in science and technology. Women will select one of six tracks: information technology, green technology, science, internet, biotechnology, or telecommunications when applying. Applicants must have strong English skills as the program is conducted entirely in English. The program will begin in California in Silicon Valley with a Tech Bootcamp Week, followed by individual 15-day fellowships at leading innovation companies and organizations in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay area. TechWomen 2020 will conclude with a three-day program in Washington, D.C. Each participant will complete a mentorship and each participating country will work as a team with impact coaches to formulate an action plan to address a socioeconomic challenge in their home communities. The teams will pitch their projects in a competition, with the winners receiving seed funding. Participants will also engage in community service projects in California and participate in cultural and recreational activities. The program will conclude with a visit to the U.S. Department of State to allow participants to debrief State representatives on their exchange experiences and team projects.
Applicants must be women with a minimum of two years of full-time, professional experience in STEM-related fields, and a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
For more information on the 2020 TechWomen program, interested candidates can visit: https://lb.usembassy.gov/2020-techwomen-program/. Applications should be completed and submitted online no later than January 15, 2020.