British Columbia’s largest women and gender-diverse* hackathon

connect-f mentorship program 2022

Application Deadline: Friday, September 30 @ 11:59PM PDT
Info Session: Monday, September 19 @ 7:00pm PM PDT

We are the cmd-f team of, the University of British Columbia’s student-led hackathon club, and we hope to empower aspiring programmers, designers, and tech enthusiasts. The connect-f mentorship program aims to offer mentorship to women and gender-diverse* high school students want to explore careers in tech! We are excited to provide the third iteration of connect-f to mentees who want to discover, learn, and kickstart their own adventure with technology.

how it works

High school mentees are matched with a post-secondary mentor working or studying in the career field of interest or a similar field. We want to provide the opportunity and experience to mentees for them to discover, learn, and prepare themselves to start their own adventure with technology.

The mentor and students are encouraged to meet once per month from September to March with all meetings scheduled by mentors and mentees. They will engage in activities to help the mentee explore career opportunities in the tech industry, help with planning post-secondary education or training, learn new skills, and set goals. Some of these goals may be career or education-related, while others are social or recreational.

This mentorship program was kickstarted by the team behind British Columbia’s largest women and gender-diverse* 24-hour hackathon. Throughout this upcoming year, we will be offering various cmd-f phases to high school and post-secondary students to foster personal growth, network and skill-building, and career discovery!

*The cmd-f team would like to acknowledge that “female” or “women” is not an accurate description for many people and it may make some feel unwelcome. We use * to specifically and intentionally include cis women, as well as all trans, Two Spirit, non-binary and gender-diverse people.

About Us

Join us before International Women's Day on March 5-6th to explore new technologies and celebrate women* in tech!

We're here to break stereotypes and create a safe space for women and gender-diverse individuals where they can learn new skills, build confidence, and discover a supportive community. Whether you're a first-time hacker or a veteran, we want to help you take your next steps in tech. Come join us for a fun weekend of hacking with amazing workshops and social events!

*The cmd-f team would like to acknowledge that “female” or “women” is not an accurate description for many people and it may make some feel unwelcome. We use * to specifically and intentionally include cis women, as well as all trans, Two Spirit, non-binary and gender-diverse people.

nwPlus is always looking for new ventures, opportunities, and connections. If you are interested in working with us, joining us, or speaking at one of our events, feel free to reach out to us at
cmd-f@nwplus.io

Main Values

Building Confidence

cmd-f aims to help you build confidence and smash outdated stereotypes by learning invaluable skills and knowledge at our workshops and building a support network consisting of our amazing mentors and sponsors. Let's recognize that tech is a place where everyone belongs!

Learning together

Whether you have never coded before, or you dream in assembly, come out and challenge yourself to build something you can be proud of in a 24-hour event. Learn new skills in our series of hands-on workshops and apply them to innovative project ideas!

Women* supporting women

Discover a community of like-minded, creative, and passionate individuals. Build lasting bonds, share experiences, and create memories. We're all here unified under one cause - to strive for better representation of women* and gender minorities in tech.
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