Facebook  

Welcome



Founded in 1982, the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (GCPCUG) has been recognized as one of the top users groups in the country. There are many benefits for members. For information on upcoming meetings, click the Events link.

GCPCUG provides low-cost education and encouraging professional growth, our monthly General Meeting (see below for current topic) and SIG (Special Interest Group) meetings are open to the public. Topics cover current, emerging, and future technology.

We have moved our meeting from Cleveland State's Main Classroom Building to the Student Center on the other side of East 22nd Street. Note: because of road construction on East 22nd Street, you may need to enter the garage via it's exits on East 21st Street.  For more information on parking and the room location, please click here.

Password Notice

If you have forgotten your password or need to create it, click here.

Upcoming Meetings

14 Mar 2015 9:30 AM • CSU Student Center Third Floor Meeting Rooms, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
21 Mar 2015 10:30 AM • Room 021, Regina Complex, Notre Dame College, 1857 South Green Road, (formerly Regina High School building) South Euclid, Ohio 44121-4293
11 Apr 2015 9:30 AM • CSU Student Center Third Floor Meeting Rooms, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
09 May 2015 9:30 AM • CSU Student Center Third Floor Meeting Rooms, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
13 Jun 2015 9:30 AM • CSU Student Center Third Floor Meeting Rooms, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio 44115


Diversity in Technology


Saturday, March 14th - 9:30 AM to 12 Noon





For good and bad, technology drives today's world. Knowing how to code is an important skill to have. Mel McGee, CEO of We Can Code IT, will talk about how we can increase diversity in technology. We Can Code IT bridges the gap for those underrepresented in tech, the same groups susceptible to low to moderate incomes, through education via computer workshops and coding bootcamps.

We Can Code IT provides education and mentorship to those underrepresented in Technology and Engineering. Their focus in on empowering women, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans, in technology. These happen to be the same groups who find themselves in low to moderate income levels. They have computer and engineering workshops for kids and adults, and a coding bootcamp for adults looking to join the lucrative IT industry.

Three of the top five most in-demand occupations are in computer programming. Programming pays extremely well. Women in STEM fields like computer science earn 28% more than their non-STEM counterparts. Likewise, African Americans and Hispanic Americans in STEM earn 29% more than their counterparts. Programming fields have a very low unemployment rate. There’s a problem though, employers can’t find enough programmers. On top of that, they crave diversity in their IT departments. Great companies know that multiple perspectives help their teams perform better, yet less than 18% of IT teams are comprised of women, African American, and Hispanic populations.

Our Speaker, Mel McGee, is the founder and CEO of We Can Code IT, Crain's Cleveland 2014 Woman of Note, author, and is a software engineer with nearly 20 years of professional experience, she has worked with clients like Tyco International, DeLorean Motor company, and hundreds of others to develop software. Her programming experience translated to the classroom nearly as soon as she began coding.

An experienced educator, McGee has taught computer science and engineering subjects to kids, teens, and adults at We Can Code IT, Colleges, and even overseas. Lead educator and curriculum developer of We Can Code IT, she brings creativity into the STEM classroom through unique workshops for kids and adults. Mel's knowledge of full-stack development and over 20 programming languages allows her to adapt curriculum to students in a variety of ways. Her main objectives are to add fun and increase diversity in computer science.

McGee's love for sharing her creative computing techniques has not gone unnoticed. Her innovative early wearable computer was featured in Howard Rheingold's book Smart Mobs. Her web development expertise was featured in books like Curt Harler's Beyond the Browser. She has been featured on NPR, publications like Motor World, Crain's Cleveland Business, as well as the front page of Cleveland's Plain Dealer as an early Google Glass explorer. Her artificial intelligence bots, Zoe-bot and Skeletor-bot, have been entertaining the masses online and at community events since the early 2000s. She continues to break barriers in innovation with explorations in augmented reality. Her latest contribution, a book about engineering using redstone in Minecraft, is due out on bookstore shelves by mid 2015.
apcug logo 1 inch.jpgThe information, web links and articles presented here, are done as a public service. The Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (GCPCUG) does not condone software piracy. Before trying any programs, websites, techniques or suggestions on your devices, you should have a backup of your data. Opinions expressed by authors of articles on the site are not necessarily those of the GCPCUG. Mention of products or websites in no way constitutes endorsement by GCPCUG.The GCPCUG is a member of APCUG
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software