**Updated September 3, 2008**
Here's a video from the event
We had a rocking good time hosting a bunch of SoCal DigiGirlz at the Microsoft Irvine, CA offices over the last two days. There we held our first-ever technology camp around the two themes - hands-on experience with visual programming environments (like PopFly, MSRobotics and StoryTelling Alice); and technology career information (from women computer science majors, entrepreneurs [Alexandra from GirlGamer.com] and technology professionals). Pictured below are just some of the people who made the camp happen - from left to right, Microsoft Developer Evangelist, USC graduate and MS Robotics expert, Lindsay Rutter; Logistics guru and volunteer coordinator, Brittanie Ngo; me; design professional, technical instructor and PopFly Game creator instructor, Gina Johnston; and freelance .NET developer, database instructor Kim Schmidt. Not pictured is our favorite international developer, Cigdem Patlak, who, among many other things, got her former female developer colleagues in Instanbul and some of Microsoft's product team (from the Expression's team) in Redmond to send welcome pictures to our local DigiGirlz. We made a little video about this, check it out at the bottom of this post.
We used a Windows Live Space to record information about our event and I will upload all of the classfiles (power point slides) to the associated SkyDrive, so you can grab those files if you'd like. Here's the URL: http://digigirlz.spaces.live.com/
In addition to all the cool classes and information, we were so proud to be able to show the girls the brand new MS Surface that we just received into our Irvine office last week. Thanks so much to our own Cindy Palmer for coming on the weekend before DigiGirlz to set up and test the MS Surface.
Big thanks also to Microsoft's Woody Pewitt, who, as usual, just dropped by on Friday to help with some critical parts of the classroom set up and ended up staying all day to make sure it was all done correctly.
Also thanks to New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Anaheim for imaging and loaning us laptops for the event.
We were particularly excited to share a pilot program with our camp attendees. For the first time ever, we extended our DreamSpark program beyond the college level. All camp attendees were personally invited to participate in this program. This is a pilot offered only in Southern California at this time.
Thanks also to the many, many volunteers from the Microsoft Southern California offices who did everything from make name badges, to act as hall monitors, to act as proctors in our hands-on-classes, and much more. We had literally dozens of volunteers and together our team created a great experience for the girls who attended.
Check out more pictures from the event via the link below. Also, our friends at TechZulu stopped by today and we'll post that video as soon as we can (we'll link it here).
Microsoft DigiGirlz 2008 - Irvine, CA - a set on Flickr , More pictures (thanks Cigdem!)
Cigdem's cool applications (she wrote these just to show at camp!) - the links to the Silverlight applications we showed during Day-1:
California Mosaic: http://www.crocusgirl.com/californiaadventure/
Picture Puzzle: http://www.crocusgirl.com/picturepuzzle/