MAGIC has been featured in the December 2008 IEEE Spectrum article The EE Gender Gap Is Widening In this article, Erico Guizzo discusses the underwhelming participation of women in electrical engineering. He then goes on to talk about various efforts underway to address this issue, directly or indirectly. MAGIC is mentioned as one of two programs aiming to establish a "direct and durable connection between young women and EE professionals."
MAGIC has been incorporated as a nonprofit public benefit corporation in the State of California. The name of the corporation is GetMagic Corporation. The entire NPO related process is being done by WSGR, a leading technology law firm based in Palo Alto, California, on a pro-bono basis. The MAGIC team is deeply indebted to these wonderful folks at WSGR for this service, and for their guidance and help in related matters!
MAGIC kicked off its pilot with the Girls' Middle School in October 2008. The pilot has ten mentees from sixth, seventh and eighth grades, and each mentee has been paired with a MAGIC mentor. The pilot will last through the end of the school year. MAGIC is looking forward to defining and refining its processes as a consequence of this pilot!
The MAGIC core team is conducting a BOF session on "Setting Up an Effective Organization to Support Girls" at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. This BOF will be held on Friday, October 3rd, from 5:10pm to 6:10pm, in Torreys Peak III. Here are the BOF slides.
The Newsweek article Revenge of the Nerdette from the June 16th, 2008 issue, cites two outreach programs aimed at encouraging girls to think about science and technology careers. MAGIC is one of them!
Second year in a row, a BOF proposal on a MAGICal topic has been accepted at the Grace Hopper Conference. The topic of the BOF is "Setting Up an Effective Organization to Support Girls". This BOF will be held on Friday, October 3rd, from 5:10pm for an hour. More information on this can be found in the Conference Program Schedule.
In the fall of 2008, MAGIC is going to partner with Girls' Middle School of Mountain View, California, to conduct a pilot of the MAGIC program. More information about Girls' Middle School can be found here. You can read all about the MAGIC pilot proposal here.
Following the project kickoff, MAGIC is undertaking the steps necessary to establish itself as a non-profit organization.