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This year's challenge in Pittsburgh

For the 2021 CGI I.T. Girl Challenge, we are approaching the virtual model head-on. The Challenge will be comprised of 20 CGI-led Mentor hours spread over a 12 week period. The division of these hours into separate mentor sessions is left to the discretion of the teams. These sessions will take place over Microsoft Teams, provided (and managed) by CGI mentors. The award for the winning team will be a scholarship split between members of the winning team.

Gender-Identity Inclusivity Statement

The CGI I.T. Girl Challenge does not discriminate based on identification assignment at birth. Our goal is to increase the number of girls and other underrepresented groups pursuing STEM career fields. In CGI’s pursuit of a STEM-focused female learning environment, we proudly accept female-identifying, non-binary, and gender nonconforming participants.

Key Dates

The below dates are the most critical for participating in the CGI I.T. Girl Challenge:

  • Team application due: Monday, February 8, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET
  • Team assignments: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
  • Kickoff week: Monday, February 15, 2021
  • Photo Release Forms: Monday, March 1, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET
  • Final submission: Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET
  • Day of Challenge: Friday, May 21, 2021
Participant requirements
  • No minimum GPA
  • No design or programming experience required

Participants are Eligible if they:

  • Are

    • 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders in good academic standing
    • Identify as female or non-binary seeking involvement in a STEM based female environment
    • Enrolled with one of the following community partners:
      • Pittsburgh Public Schools
      • New Outlook Academy
      • Best of the Batch Foundation
  • Have
    • ​​​A computer

      • Acceptable Devices:
        Any ChromebookOS/Windows/MacOS device, latestRasberryPI
      • Unacceptable Devices: Tablets, Smartphones
    • Internet access
    • An active email account
  • Attend (virtually) ​​​​​​
    • Kickoff week
    • Mentoring sessions
      • 20 hours over12 weeks
      • Schedules drafted by teams individually to ensure time that works for all parties
    • Day of Challenge 
  • Submit

Team requirements

The CGI I.T. Girl Challenge is, a team effort, with a core tenant being inclusion and collaboration. Therefore, in order to qualify for participation, a team must:

  • Be accompanied by a Team Sponsor from the organization

    • The Team Sponsor Requirements section outlines the role
  • Have 2 to 4 participants
    • Team members do not have to be in the same grade
    • Participants may only be on 1 team
  • Provide the following for each participant timely and accurately
    • Acknowledgement Form
    • Photo Release Form
      • Judging Only Photo Release available upon request
  • Participant’s Oath


Team sponsor requirements

The Team Sponsor roles include

  • Attend all of the mentoring sessions

    • Team Sponsors are to attend and help nurture the relationships between mentors and students
    • Team Sponsors are forbidden to contribute to the Final Submission
    • Team Sponsors are welcome to participate as much as they choose in Mentor Sessions
  • Facilitate the exchange of communications (via Microsoft Teams or email) by
  • Attend the Day of Challenge and root for your team!
For parent(s)/guardian(s)

We outline some of the expectations from parent(s)/guardian(s) for our participants.

  • NO COST  – The CGI I.T. Girl Challenge is free to all who meet the participation requirements
  • Sign and return Acknowledgements Form 
  • Support (but do not contribute solutions to) participants as they work through the Challenge
  • Join us on Friday, May 21, 2020 for the virtual Day of Challenge
    • Details to be provided at a later date

Download the 2021 CGI I.T. Girl Challenge | Participant Guide

Download the 2021 CGI I.T. Girl Challenge | Challenge Guide

Download the 2021 CGI I.T. Girl Challenge | Challenge Guide | The Final Submission