Symantec sponsors WESiT scavenger hunt

By Meghan McGrath

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Indiana University Bloomington’s Women Empowering Success in Technology (WESIT) is proud to receive seed funding from Symantec, through the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Student Seed Fund.

“We are delighted to have our WESiT student organization recognized by the National Center for Information Technology and will use the seed funds received from them to support our fall launch celebration,” said Maureen Biggers, Interim Director of CEWiT.

The seed funding will support a launch month “Tech It Out" scavenger hunt event, inspired by reality television show “The Amazing Race.” Teams of students will follow clues to technology-oriented locations on campus, encountering 3-D printers, plenoptic cameras, e-textiles, and more along the way. By participating in challenges at each location, team members can earn points to win fun, tech-related prizes.  

The scavenger hunt will take place on Friday, October 25.  The start time for the event is between 12-1:30pm and participaints will check in at the Informatics West Lobby.  Students interested in competing in the scavenger hunt should register in advance. Members of the winning team will receive a prize of external batteries for their smart phones.

The race will conclude back at the Informatics West lobby, where winners will be announced and prizes awarded. WESiT’s Executive Committee will be on hand to answer questions about the organization and provide information about upcoming launch month activities.

WESiT, as part of the IU Center of Excellence for Women in Technology (CEWiT), will officially launch on October 28, with a keynote address by NPR’s Moira Gunn. Guests will be able to try out emerging technologies like Google Glass, learn about the services and programs CEWIT will offer, hear about the numerous ways to study technology at IU, and network with IU faculty, staff, and WESIT members.

IU was one of 68 student-run programs to receive funds to recruit, retain, and support women in computing.

About our partners

is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help secure and manage information and identities independent of device. Symantec does this by bringing together leading software and cloud solutions that work seamlessly across multiple platforms, giving customers the freedom to use the devices of their choice and to access, store and transmit information anytime, anywhere.

The National Center for Women & Information Technology is a non-profit community of more than 450 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase women's participation in technology and computing. NCWIT helps organizations recruit, retain, and advance women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers by providing community, evidence, and action.