For Sponsors


Thank you to our sponsors and supporters!

A donation is a wonderful way to support our program! Your gift will help us recruit teachers and guest speakers, host the students, develop our curricular materials, and continue to show students that computer science can be a fun, collaborative and creative field.

We Need YOUR Support!

A donation is a wonderful way to support our program! Your gift will help us recruit teachers and guest speakers, host the students, develop our curricular materials, and continue to show students that computer science can be a fun, collaborative and creative field.

To contribute, please explore our sponsorship levels and contact cskickstart@gmail.com.


Contact Us

We greatly appreciate the support we receive from all our sponsors! If you would like to contact us, or are interested in becoming a sponsor, feel free to email us at cskickstart@gmail.com or fill out the following form.


NCWIT Grant

We are proud to announce that we were awarded the NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund Grant (2013) sponsored by Microsoft Research and the National Center for Women & Information Technology. This $10,000 grant provides U.S. academic institutions with start-up funds to develop and implement initiatives that recruit and retain women in computing and technology fields of study. Since 2007, NCWIT and Microsoft Research have awarded $415,450 in funding to 34 universities and colleges over nine funding rounds. The NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund will provide $10,000 each to the following five U.S. institutions: Auburn University: Computer Science for All Girls, Columbia University: The Artemis Project, Livingstone College: Bridge Program in Technology, Southern Illinois University: Android Development Camp for Middle School Girls, University of California at Berkeley: CS KickStart.

Women in STEM

Women currently earn more than half of all undergraduate degrees in the U.S., including 45% of math degrees and 38% of chemical engineering degrees, but nationwide they earn only 18% of computing and information sciences degrees. High school women account for 47% of all Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus test-takers, but only 19% of those who take the Computer Science AP test are women. At UC Berkeley, only 11.3% of EECS majors are female.

Goals of CS KickStart

CS KickStart builds upon the best practices in computer science education research to inspire, empower, inform, connect, and mentor women that may pursue computer science. This is achieved through a one week introductory class to computer science. Students learn how to program, meet computer science students and professionals, and are introduced to different areas of computer science. This program targets incoming students to UC Berkeley who are curious about computer science and are interested in math, science or engineering. Students do not need to have any prior skills in programming. Our goal is to give them a hands-on experience in programming and to show them the creativity and power of computer science.

About NCWIT

NCWIT is a national coalition of over 350 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits working to increase the participation of women in technology and computing. NCWIT's work connects efforts to increase women's participation in technology along the entire pipeline, from K-12 and higher education through industry, academic, and entrepreneurial careers. The NCWIT Academic Alliance brings together more than 600 representatives from computer science and IT departments at colleges and universities across the country - spanning research universities, community colleges, women's colleges, and minority serving institutions - to work towards gender equity, diversity, and institutional change in computing higher education. Find out more at www.ncwit.org.