Whether you are a new or existing STEM female professional in Indiana, or the parent to a young person who is interested in STEM, Indiana is full of opportunity. Eleven Fifty Academy maintains this post to keep you in the know about the organizations and annual events that can connect you to the STEM community. Contact us if you know of a recurring event or organization to add to this list!
Indiana Women in STEM Organizations
Indy Women in Tech: An organization helping women & girls enter, re-enter, or transition STEM careers through financial support, mentoring, training, and education.
Powderkeg: A networking and events organization committed to connecting startup founders, tech professionals, and investors to opportunities between the coasts.
Pass the Torch for Women: An organization where women can connect with mentorship opportunities throughout their career. This includes Project Grow, which helps female college students transition to the workforce.
Women & Hi Tech: An organization working to connect female STEM professionals and male allies with each other and communities in Indiana to make STEM equally inclusive to all.
Indiana Science Initiative (I-STEM): A partnership between higher education, K-12 schools, businesses, and government working to advance STEM literacy by supporting educators.
Women in STEM Living-Learning Center: This Indiana University residential community brings together female IU STEM students, faculty, staff, and mentors to support women in furthering their interest in and commitment to STEM.
Girl STEM Institute: This organization provides opportunities for young women of color to develop understanding of STEM concepts in a supportive, meaningful, and culturally grounded context.
Girls INC: In partnership with schools and at Girls INC centers, this organization works to teach girls to value themselves, take risks, and develop inherent strengths.
The Lilly Girls and Young Women in STEM Initiative: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis collaborates with The Lilly Foundation to develop STEM interest in young children, especially girls.
Indiana Girls Collaborative Project: This project provides the opportunity for programs for girls in STEM to maintain interest and participation through collaboration.
Northeast Indiana Technology Coalition (NEITC): An organization focused on stopping “brain drain” from Northeast Indiana by facilitating cooperation between schools, business, and government.
Girls Who Code: An organization with the mission to grow bravery, sisterhood, and activism, offering both virtual resources and in-person programming like summer camps at locations across Indiana.
Black Girls Code: Launched to provide young and pre-teen girls of color access to opportunity to learn in demand technology and computer programming skills through virtual events, Hack-a-thons, and code workshops both online and in-person.
Startup Ladies: A community of entrepreneurs, investors, companies, universities, and co-working spaces committed to helping women start scalable businesses and secure funding.
Ladies in SaaS: A group helping ladies in SaaS increase their network, grow their skills, and to make connections that allow them to accelerate and celebrate their successful careers.
Women Who Code Indianapolis: The Indianapolis chapter of a global nonprofit that is the world’s largest and most active network committed to inspiring women in tech careers.
Girls Develop It Indianapolis: A nonprofit committed to providing low-cost coding education for women & non-binary individuals. In addition to local events through the Meetup there are also virtual events hosted nationally.
In addition to these groups, organizations like public libraries and the YMCA/YWCA regularly host local events for girls and women—check out your regional branches for more information.
STEM Events in Indiana for Women & Girls
IWiT Summit: This annual Indy Women in Tech conference is curated by leaders in the Indianapolis tech ecosystem to talk about gender and inclusion, and give attendees actionable takeaways.
Innopower: This conference for Indiana’s minority business community gathers leaders for impactful conversations about the urgent need for access, inclusion, and impact.
Ignite Your Superpower: Presented by a partnership between Indy Women in Tech and Women & Hi Tech, this day-long event gives middle school girls hands-on experience in STEM disciplines.
Passport to Hi Tech: This event hosted by Women & Hi Tech provides girls and boys ages 7-12 with the opportunity to meet STEM professionals and engage in hands-on experiments.
STEM Saturdays: Bloomington, Indiana’s WonderLab Museum hosts STEM experiments and events from 3-4pm every Saturday, weather permitting.
TechFest: This event hosted by the NEITC teams up high school students to participate in 7 STEM challenges and also includes a College and Career Expo.
From health and life sciences, to coding, to Internet of Things technology, Indiana is a growing Midwest tech hub full of opportunity for all interested people. We know these community organizations and events are working hard alongside us every day to grow that reality and make more opportunity more available to more diverse groups. Again, let us know if your organization or event needs to be added to the list!