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Summer Summit 2020



Maybe you’re in high school, who’s really interested in technology. Or perhaps you’re working in IT and want to learn more about how to diversify the workforce. Or, maybe you’re an educator and want to know how you can encourage a more diverse student base to pursue IT.

Sound like you? Then, the Summit was made just for you.

CodeCrush is excited to invite you to our annual Summer Summit. We’re bringing together the energetic community that is fighting to diversify the IT workforce, and celebrate each other. We’re bringing in national speakers, local heros and a big community of people who all are working towards making technology.

Common Questions

What does it cost?

Are you a student in high school or an educator? Then, CodeCrush is free! All others, we're just asking for $55 registration fee.

What are the program dates?

Summer 2019 are June 12 - 13


The Mastercraft
1111 N. 13th St
Omaha, NE 

How many spots?


How do I register?

Registration will be available Spring 2020.

If you're a high school student registering, please register as a "child."

If you're an adult register, please use the "adult" option.

Are you a business/community member interested in sponsorship and securing a full or half table? Check out your options.


We're celebrating the amazing community that supports diversity in IT. Whether you're a past applicant or participant of CodeCrush, an educator, a high schooler interested in IT, or a business or individual supporting our efforts - we'd love to see you there!

Students must meet the following criteria:

•Obtain parental/guardian consent for participation

•Be able to provide their own reliable transportation to Summit location.

•Students and teachers do not need to attend together. Only attendees from outside the Omaha metro will have an overnight room available to them. For attendees from outside Omaha staying with us, we'll be staying at the Scott Residence Halls located at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Scott Campus.

We welcome all students with an interest in IT.

Agenda - Summer 2019


6:00 PM

Check In at The Mastercraft

6:30 PM - 7:15 PM

Welcome Reception/Dinner

Evening Keynote Speaker
Emma Irwin, Mozilla

Emma Irwin leads diversity and inclusion strategy development for Mozilla’s open source projects, and their communities. 

During a successful career as an software developer, she developed a passion for open source both as a mechanism for innovation, but also personal development and social change.  She has since dedicated her career to helping people and projects find each other.


9:30 AM


9:45 AM 

Breakfast General Session 
There's Pink in My Code!
Marina Brown, Werner

You’ve wondered why so many electronic games are “boyish”, why digital services often don’t exactly “fit” what you want to do, and why choices that applications are making on your behalf don’t seem to make sense. It’s not a secret that most people who work in technology are male. Naturally, they bring the male-oriented bias to the products and services they develop. Such bias and choices may demonstrate themselves in, as an example, developing artificial intelligence that detects early signs of colon cancer before similar technology is developed for breast cancer. Or educational software that is based on boys’ development stages vs. girls’. For women, this results in real-life implications and outcomes in healthcare, education, social development and, of course, entertainment. In this presentation we will talk about how the presence of more female technologists in the workforce can balance this bias and ensure we are developing technology that creates equal value for everyone in our society.   

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

Session 1
SPRK+ Robots 
Presenter: IPG

Join advertising leader IPG in a session where we will build a computer, discuss the key parts, and delve into programming for video games. We will have multiple levels from beginner to advanced, so everyone is welcome. We will be working through the decisions and thought process in game development. 

Session 2
You and I and our UI's 
Presenter: Lauren Koperski,
Mutual of Omaha

Session 3
Find Your People; Do Your Thing 
Presenter: Courtney Burns, Flywheel

Create a community of people that will uplift, support, and show you how to take the next step to following your dreams.

*This session will be 45 minutes

12:15 pm


12:30 pm

Lunch General Session: 
"Not All Who Wander Are Lost"
Lianne McNaughton

Lianne is a PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner and the Founder of Youth Can Do I.T. (YCDI). Lianne has worked with startups to large corporate companies and has demonstrable experience in leading, empowering and developing people; creating a culture that fosters collaboration, productivity, and self-organized teams. She is passionate and focuses her work around agility, youth empowerment, talent, and people development.

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

Session 1

Power through Strengths
Presenters: Laura Moreno & Melissa Moreno, Gallup

During this session, Laura & Melissa will discuss the importance of girls in technology and STEM careers. Participants will also have an opportunity to discover more about their innate talents and Strengths and how they can apply those to technology careers.

*This session will be 45 minutes

Session 2
A Million Ways to be a Woman in Tech 
Description: Women in the tech world come from all walks of life. Even if you don't consider yourself a computer whiz, there is still a very important place for you at the table! In this session and interactive workshop led by a panel of women from Flywheel, we will explore how all of our unique strengths and talents contribute to the success of our business and the tech industry as a whole. 

Brett Hicks - Moderator 

Genevieve Bachinski, Courtney Burns, Kimberly Bailey, Ashley Lewin, Shruti Chaturvedula 

Session 3
The Business Analyst: Bridging the Gap Between the Business and IT 
Presenter: Misti Poynter, Lincoln Financial Group 

As organizations become heavily reliant on technology, it’s essential that initiatives seek and identify the real business and customer need first. In order to achieve the outcome successfully, both the business and IT need to effectively communicate with one another. Although it may sound easy, this is where misalignment of the initiative begins. During this session, Misti Poynter will facilitate an interactive exercise, that exposes the Business Analyst’s role of ‘Bridging the Gap Between the Business and IT’ by serving as innovative translators and incorporating empathy back into the world of technology.

Session 4
Be the Change
Presenter: Lianne McNaughton

A hands-on, interactive workshop on how you can be the social change agent in your community.

Fabulous hands-on experiences. I particularly liked the one Breakout session where we got to program our own problem-solving idea using Makey Makey. I love the ability to network and collaborate with other teachers. Sometimes I feel like I am on an island in my school, so being able to work alongside other teacher and UNO professions helps me bridge that gap and give me momentum to bring back to my school. - Teacher
I loved code crush because it was so interactive, and it was about technology. Bioinformatics and Innovation were my favorite workshops by far. Those took a lot of learning which was enjoyable. Going to the apple store, Union Pacific, and the SAC Museum was also so so much fun!! - Student


A big thank you to our sponsors that make CodeCrush a reality. None of this would be possible without donors like you. By making a gift today, your support will help encourage students to pursue their ambitions and give them the confidence to achieve their dreams. 

See our sponsorship tiers here. 

Founding Sponsor

Women In IT Fund Partners

2019 Food Sponsor