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Ep 3: Can a bra save lives? Diva interviews from SXSW

Diva host, Amanda Lewan, attends SXSW to capture exciting interviews with Women in Technology. This podcast features three short diverse discussions with women focused on: Large Scale 3D Printing, The “Internet of Everything” Connected Bra & “Detected the Movie”, and even the new .CLUB domain name extension.

More information on SXSW on twitter @SXSW or online: http://sxsw.com/

Segment 1 - Re 3D Printing with Detroit Native Samantha Snabes

Talk about your rocket scientists! Samantha Snabes was originally from the Detroit metropolitan area and attended the University of Michigan - Dearborn for her undergraduate and MBA degrees. After a successful project with a local company, she got a job at NASA working with people who wanted to make a difference in the world, using technology to do it.

In 2012, Samanta got that “making a difference” opportunity with a project called Startup Chile --- where she was able to work in a community-focused collaborative environment. She created an affordable, toilet-sized 3D printer. Now, her latest project is a large-scale but highly affordable 3D printer.

Check out the 3D Printer and stay connected to RE-3D online http://www.re3d.org/ or on twitter @re_3D

Samantha provides compelling inspiration for women in technology. She says “Follow your dreams and be confident.  Don’t ever underestimate your ability.”

She also adds that “women have a lot of amazing characteristics that lend well to running startups, such as being open minded and collaborative.”

Follow Samantha Snabes on Twitter: @samanthasnabes

Segment 2 - Detected the Movie Sponsored by Cisco - Documentary on the Connected Bra

Mary Bradburne leads social media communication and strategy for technology powerhouse, Cisco, a company that believes that connecting people, process, things, and data will make the world a better place.  Cisco is helping fund a documentary on the use of the “Internet of Everything” to improve the world. In this case, the innovation is the “IT Bra”, an internet-connected bra, capable of detecting early signs of breast cancer.

Amanda attended the screening of a portion of this documentary, and then interviewed Mary.  You can watch the movie trailer here: http://newsroom.cisco.com/feature-content;jsessionid=CAC57CC98C7FE3D13AEE504AF4074C12?type=webcontent&articleId=1611072

The bra is more effective with women who have dense breast tissue and is a much less invasive way to detect early signs of this devastating disease. The trailer gives a sneak peek on designs, challenges, and the journey ahead for this project.  They are awaiting clinical trials and anticipating how this story will unfold, aiming for a Fall time frame for the release of the movie.

While the trailer was revealed at SXSW, the documentary is being created now. Stay tuned to these social media handles.

•Learn more at http://DetectedMovie.com
•Join the conversation using #DetectedMovie
•Twitter: @DetectedMovie
•Facebook: DetectedMovie
•Instagram: DetectedMovie

Mary declares that “Really, really smart people work in tech. That’s what I love about it. Also, it’s fast paced. There is no stagnation in technology. If you like something new and different every single day, work in tech.”

Mary also tells us about other great initiatives supporting women in technology . Cicso has a STEM 2020 initiative to encourage employees to mentor girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and also has a current Internet of Things Challenge for young women ages 13 - 18. More information about that is here: http://iotchallenge-cisco.younoodle.com,  and the deadline is May 19 to enter and win big money.

The Internet of Everything will continue to shape lives and businesses in the future.

Stay up to date with Cisco Internet of Everything: @CiscoIoE

Follow Mary Bradburne: @MaryBradburne

Segment 3 - .CLUB Extension Takes Advantage of new extensions

At the SXSW Startup Showcase, Amanda runs into Michele Van Tilborg and learns about the new.club domain name extension. A “cool” way to differentiate your brand .club is the newest of the domain name extensions, and is exactly what it says --- it is for CLUBS, and there are many of them throughout the world, which is great since “club” is a universal term across many languages and countries.

Michele Van Tilborg shares the vision for the new .club domain name. As she describes things, .club is a “generic domain that actually means something.”

Michele has over 6 year experience in the domain space and is taking advantage of nonprofit ICANN opening new domain name opportunities. She finds the domain industry very open and welcoming to women.

She recommends that anyone searching for a new website URL visit ICANN.org to understand the market for domain names. It also helps to understand approved registrars offering names including the .club extension. Her company is a registry that offers a multitude of naming options.

Michele adds that women can benefit from a startup mindset. Don’t be shy or embarrassed. She says to just “get in there and do it. Don’t be afraid.”

More information on the .Club domain available at the company site: www.nic.club

Follow .Club on Twitter: @getDotClub

Michele also can be found on twitter: @VanGoblin

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Diva Tech Talk - Women in Tech Podcast Launch

Take a listen to the launch of the Diva Tech Talk Podcast Series as this episode was recorded live from Demo Camp hosted by the Michigan Technology Network (MITN) held at the Michigan Historic Museum on December 18, 2014. At this event, Nicole Johnson Scheffler was able to announce this new adventure live on stage. She explains the concept of the Diva Tech Talk podcast that launched officially in 2015 and invited all the women at the event on stage to share a picture and make the first official tweet! 

The Diva Tech Talk group was co-founded by Nicole Johnson Scheffler (@tech_nicole), Amanda Lewan (@Amanda_Jenn), and Kathleen Norton-Schock (@katensch). They produce podcasts featuring stories of women making it happen in the technology field across all disciplines. The Divas publish podcasts where they speak with high profile women in technology to share their career journey, current roles, and advice to women in the field. As a National podcast, they also compile episodes from various technology events and conferences.

The Divas publish the podcast episodes with a complete blog write up on this website. We would also love for you to engage on social media with us as we focus on quality content around women in technology. 
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This episode begins with an interview with Alex Dethloff, the Michigan Technology Network (MITN) President. The Lansing MITN Chapter provides a Technology Community, Networking Events, and Educational opportunities. 
More information on MITN is available here: http://www.mitn.org/
During the event, there was a live demo for the attendees of Oculus Rift that is a game coming out of the Michigan State University (MSU) Games for Entertainment and Learning. Oculus Rift is a virtual reality head-mounted display that promises to transform gaming as we know it by putting the users "into" the experience. 

Brian Winn was interviewed and is a MSU Professor who lead this effort and you can check out their college programs here online at http://mi.msu.edu/
Additional information on the MSU Gaming Program Information can be found here: http://www.gel.msu.edu/
MSU also has a great summer camp for young women interested in Technology/Media: http://cas.msu.edu/miss-media-michigan/

Nicole also spoke time with Jeff Pompliano, MITN Vice President and Project Manager at Gravity Works, as he talks about his perspective of women in tech. 
Gravity Works: http://www.gravityworksdesign.com/

One of the crowd favorites of the night was poochie bowl. This dog bowl is designed for dogs with big ears, but has other innovations that has been incorporated into the design. They also shared their brick and mortar store that goes beyond products and into hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning for kids.
The poochie bowl is available here: http://www.poochiebowl.com/
Here is the link to the Physical Store in Lansing, MI: http://www.welovekidsndogs.com/

Many other applications and technologies were showcased on the main stage. Another popular app that was shared helped connect LGBT people within the community.
The People like Me (LGBT) App is available here: https://peoplelikemeapp.com

Thanks for all the great community support and that of our friends and family as we go on this journey for the good of women in technology everywhere!

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