Women in Informatics

ABOUT US

Women in Informatics (WINFO) is a Diversity organization in the Information School at the University of Washington, Seattle. Our organization is dedicated to empowering women to thrive as producers of technology. We establish and maintain a network of women that offer encouragement, support, and ongoing knowledge that promotes success. As an organization, we aim to attract and inspire women to explore opportunities in information technology, to connect women with others of passion in the realm of technology, and to utilize women’s unique perspectives to lead technological innovation.

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Grace Hopper 2019
Grace Hopper 2019
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WHAT IS INFORMATICS?

The term “informatics” broadly describes the study and practice of creating, storing, finding, manipulating and sharing information. When the iSchool chose "informatics" as the name of its bachelor of science degree in 1999, the term was not widely used in the U.S. The name was chosen because it spoke to the opportunities that are available to students with the strong technical background needed to develop solutions to the world’s information challenges. ischool.uw.edu

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to empower women to thrive as producers of technology by establishing and maintaining a network of women who offer encouragement, support, and the ongoing knowledge needed or desired to succeed. We strive to provide students with resources and support towards career development and academic pursuits.

WINFO's 8th Annual Hackathon
WINFO's 8th Annual Hackathon
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speed mentoring
Speed Mentoring with Women Leaders 2016

HISTORY

Women in Informatics (WINFO) was founded in 2012 by a group of women in the University of Washington Informatics program. Their aim was to attract and inspire female students in the tech industry to connect with each other and lead other to achieve and aspire. They wanted to increase female applicants to the Informatics program. In 2012, the Informatics program admitted only 140 students, 28% of which were female. Now, the Informatics program accepts 210 students per year, 40% of which are female. ischool.uw.edu

CURRENT OFFICERS 2020 - 2021

Allison Geary
Allison Geary

Co-President

Akoly Vongdala
Akoly Vongdala

Co-President

Lynzley Kolakowski
Lynzley Kolakowski

Director of Finance

Julia Shull
Julia Shull

Director of Outreach

Kayla Chea
Kayla Chea

Creative Director

Shareen Chang
Shareen Chang

Director of Public Relations

Harkiran Kaur Saluja
Harkiran Kaur Saluja

Director of Diversity Efforts

Rachel Kinkley
Rachel Kinkley

Director of Community Efforts

Locksley Kolakowski
Locksley Kolakowski

Director of Finance