This is a Capital One sponsored post. 

Yesterday I wrote about the Women in Tech Demo Day event in DC and today I’m sharing the pitches from the 12 teams and the winner.

Women in Tech Demo Day group photo. Teams and judges paving the way. #WITDemoDay

Photo taken by Leticia Barr of Tech Savvy Mama

Twelve Pitches at #WITDemoDay

The atmosphere in the room was exciting. Just knowing that 12 teams were creating solutions for a problem was inspiring. The specific challenge for the DC Demo Day was to:

Help inspire more girls of color to learn coding by creating a solution that enables our tech divas to imagine themselves a computer scientists.

Below is the Facebook Live post with all 12 of the pitches from the Women In Tech Demo Day. The event was at the Capital One offices. Capital One partnered with AngelHack.

And now the pitches for Women In Tech Demo Day #WITDemoDay Capital One @angelhack BlackGirlsCode These 11 teams have worked so hard!

Posted by Michele Rasner McGraw on Saturday, August 27, 2016

Women In Tech Demo Day DC Winner

The winner was Alika’s Treehouse. It is an interactive comic book for girls of the digital age. It follows a storyline and allows girls to learn coding by interacting with the story.

The first pitch in the video above is the winning pitch if you’d like to see the demo.

Unfortunately, Facebook closed down on me before they made the final announcement of Alika’s Treehouse as the winner, but the video below explains how the judges chose the winning pitch.

Winner of #WITDemoDays is Alika’s Treehouse @CapitalOne @BlackGirlsCode @AngelHack #Sponsored

Posted by Michele Rasner McGraw on Saturday, August 27, 2016

Alika’s Treehouse received a $10,000 scholarship to General Assembly and $15,000 was give to the nonprofit, Black Girls Code.

Final Thoughts on Women In Tech Demo Day

There were so many creative solutions for this challenge. I hope that all the teams continue to bring their ideas to life.

Teams working hard at the Women in Tech Demo Day in DC. #WITDemoDay

Photo taken by Leticia Barr of Tech Savvy Mama

The experience that Women In Tech Demo Day gives each member of the team is immeasurable. It’s not easy to get up in front of a group of people and give a three minute pitch.

Teams working hard at the Women in Tech Demo Day in DC. #WITDemoDay

Leticia and I spent some time talking with the teams and helping with pitches. It was clear that everyone there has a passion for getting more girls and young women to go into tech fields.

As a mother of two girls (and two boys), I am hopeful that if my girls decide they want to go into a tech career, they will have the opportunity and support.

Disclosure: Capital One supported my attendance at Women In Tech Demo Day. All opinions are my own.

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