2013 Conference – San Francisco Bay Area

Download the 2013 program (.pdf)

Saturday, February 9, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Oracle Conference Center, Redwood Shores, CA

Read CEO Ruth Stergiou’s welcome
View photos taken by the San Jose Mercury News
View photos on the Dare 2B Digital facebook page
Read an article about the conference in the EE Times
Check out a post about the phone app workshop by Iridescent
Download Katherine Henderson’s college presentation (pdf)
Review the 2013 D2BD survey results (pdf)


Thanks to everyone who attended the conference and made it so successful! 231 young women explored exciting careers in science and technology at this unique collaboration between technology companies, educators, parents and community organizations at the Dare 2B Digital Conference.


The intent of the conference is to open the eyes of young women (7th to 10th grade) to the pervasiveness of computing technologies in their everyday life and to the wide spectrum of exciting and creative careers that leverage an education in computer science or electrical engineering. Throughout the day –  in labs, workshops, keynotes and a meet-a-mentor luncheon, students interact with  industry experts to gain exposure and an inside look at careers in business and technology.

What is the Need for Dare 2B Digital?

Computational Science underlies nearly all scientific innovation today and drives virtually every sector of the United States and global economy. However, the U.S. is falling seriously behind other nations in developing its future workforce of technology experts.  A shrinking talent pool and a critical under-representation of women in the fields of technology threaten our global competitiveness.

Did you know…

Women hold more than half of all professional occupations in the U.S. but:

  • In 2009 only 25 percent of professional IT-related occupations were held by women—down from 36% in 1991;
  • Computer science is the only STEM field in which women’s participation has actually decreased over time;
  • Only 18% of computer and information science degrees were awarded to women in 2008, down from 37% in 1985.

Mission of Dare 2B Digital:

The mission of Dare 2B Digital is to ensure that women are fully represented in the wide spectrum of exciting, creative and lucrative careers that leverage an education in computer science. Dare 2B Digital reaches out to girls – middle and high school students – including those in underserved communities, who use familiar technology everyday (cell phones, video games, the Internet), but who usually do not consider careers that envision, develop, market, sell, apply, or rely on these and other technologies.


  • To identify and remove barriers to girls’ participation in careers that leverage an education in computer science;
  • To help spread the knowledge that computational literacy enables success in other careers;
  • To involve parents, community and business organizations in fostering and enhancing girls’ educational experiences with relation to technology.