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The Best Tech Conferences to Attend in Winter 2017-2018

On the last Friday in January, super heroic women gathered at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center for the first ever Wonder Women Tech Global Summit. Women from across the District joined forces to tackle the underrepresentation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) fields with their various unique “superpowers.”

10 Must-Attend Tech Conferences for IT Managers

Ladies, how could you not attend a conference and expo that affirms your superhero status as a woman in tech? The 2018 conference is coming up fast, and the theme for this year is #WeAreInnovators. Events and discussions will center around topics such as diversity and inclusion, social innovation, and interactive technology. Attendees will also have the opportunity to schedule career development and mentoring sessions, as well as make the rounds at a career fair. The agenda for 2018 is still in the works, but speakers will include Nzinga Shaw (senior VP of diversity and inclusion for the Atlanta Hawks), Leah Katz-Hernandez (the first deaf receptionist at the White House), and Tambra Raye (CEO of WANDA).

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Local Company Svaha Is Creating Apparel for Women in STEAM

This conference highlights and educates women in technology, mathematics, and engineering. 100+ speakers and world known brands among the exhibitors (Amazon, Google, BuzzFeed, Deloitte, etc.) make it one of the most interesting events of the season.
When? 26 January 2018. Where? Washington, D.C., USA.

Entrepreneuring: An Interview with Lisa Mae

For this week’s Entrepreneuring interview Garrett sits down with Lisa Mae Brunson of Wonder Women Tech.

Lisa Mae Brunson is a Creative Visionary, Speaker, Author & Social Innovator committed to impacting humanity on a global scale. She is founder of Wonder Women Tech, an International conference that picks up where TED leaves off in the Diversity and Inclusion sector, which celebrates, highlights and educates women and diversity in STEAM and innovation. She launched Junior Innovation Camp and Wonder Girls Camp teaching underprivileged kids how to code, build games and film, two hackathons–Hacks 4 Humanity, a hackathon for Social Good, (featured at ASU) and Wonder Women Hacks, a hackathon where women and men build mobile apps to address challenges facing women and girls.

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Building the Future w/ Playen

What is PLAYEN? How does PLAYEN work? Why does PLAYEN work? These are some of the topics discussed in a recent interview between BTF and PLAYEN CEO John Pomeroy. Listen in as John discusses how PLAYENleverages technology to give event attendees and event organizers a more innovative live event experience, and much much more.

USA Link System Is Offering Free Consultation At Glendale Tech Week!

Glendale Tech Week offers a fun, exciting environment where panel lecturers, small businesses, and event participants share knowledge and information to strengthen Glendale’s tech industry. Participate in panel discussions, industry speed dating, Art of Dj’ing popup event, and a special Oktoberfest event. Some of the special guests and speakers include: JPL Visual Strategist Dan Goods, Wonder Women Tech CEO Lisa Mae Brunson, and Bruno Group Inc. founder Alex Bruno.

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Recap: The Washington Post Hosts Code(Her) Conference Second Year In A Row

On September 15-16, Wash Post Life and Washington Post Engineering hosted DC Web Women’s Code(Her) Conference for the second year in a row, bringing together a diverse group of technology leaders in the region for two days of discussion and immersive training.

Code(Her) 2017 Special Edition Episodes by @therubyrep

I had the privilege of attending D.C. Web Women’s Code(Her) Conference this year (2017). They set me up in private rooms at The Washington Post and I had nine brave women sit down for impromptu interviews on a variety of different topics. Enjoy!

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Lisa Mae Brunson is a Creative Visionary, Speaker, Author & Social Innovator that is committed to impacting humanity on a global scale. She was named Long Beach Post’s 2016 “40 Under 40” Winner, and she is a Commissioner on the Commission for Technology and Innovation for the City of Long Beach. She has cultivated the “Art of Fearless Asking” to “magically manifest” her visions into reality.


#WEAREINNOVATORS was one of the hashtags used at the recent Wonder Women Tech conference held in Long Beach California. This two and half day conference came complete with over 150 speakers sharing their talent, insight, wisdom and innovations from companies like Cisco, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Disney, Pixar, Lucas Films, Oracle, Walmart, Buzzfeed, NCWIT, Blavity, TechCrunch, Black Women in Science and Engineering, Alexa AI at Amazon and many more: https://wonderwomentech.com/

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Wonder Women Tech founder to headline WE Mean Business conference

Las Cruces native Lisa Mae Brunson, founder of Wonder Women Tech – a highly successful international conference and hackathon – will be the keynote speaker for the second annual Women Entrepreneurs (WE) Mean Business conference, set for Sept. 29 at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. The conference is co-hosted by New Mexico State University’s entrepreneurship hub, Arrowhead Center, and WESST, a statewide small business development and training organization.


The tech industry has given us some of our greatest innovations, from the first desktop computer to the modern-day smartphone. But while places like Silicon Valley have excelled in developing cutting-edge technologies, there’s one area where the industry continues to struggle: diversity. Only 26 percent of computing jobs are held by women, and women comprise just 5 percent of leadership positions in the tech industry.

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Is Technology the great equalizer or just another struggle continued?
I had the pleasure of attending a dynamic, leading edge, ahw inspiring, thought provoking conference this past weekend in Long Beach California, where I was blown away at the talented women (and men) who came together to attend the 3rd annual,Wonder Women Tech Conference (We Are Change Makers).


I was perusing the Women In Tech Facebook Group when I saw an upcoming conference called Wonder Women Tech and I really wanted to attend. I recently started coding so it seemed like an amazing opportunity for inspiration–and I’m always on the hunt for inspiration. Later that week, I actually entered and won a contest sponsored by the inspirational blog, Overdressed & Overeducated, to attend the conference for free!

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I had the honor of attending the Wonder Women Tech conference this weekend in Long Beach, CA. After picking up my Zandra’s Zone press pass, I was immediately welcomed into the positive, supportive environment. I soon found that I was in a place that beautifully aligned with a lot of my own message: believing in yourself, following your heart, being creative, the importance of equality (in many senses) and living the life you have imagined.


Reverend Jesse Jackson will discuss Diversity, Technology & Their Impact on Society as the closing speaker at the Wonder Women Tech Diversity & Inclusion in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Conference in Long Beach, CA. The conference, which runs from August 18-20, is organized and produced by Wonder Women Tech (WWT) Foundation, a nonprofit organization that educates and celebrates women and diversity in STEAM.

The discussion will take place on Sunday, August 20 at 2pm.

Among the many speakers, in addition to Rev. Jackson, are executives from Amazon, EBay, GE, Google, Intel, Oracle, Buzzfeed, YouTube, Microsoft and LinkedIn

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Connect. Showcase. Empower.

Diversability is proud to be a Strategic Alliance Partner for #WeAreChangeMakers #WWT2017. Meet a few of our community members who will be in attendance.

Allie Molina, Founder of A Respect Movement

Brittany Déjean, Founder of AbleThrive

Erica Lupinacci, Co-Founder of Suffering The Silence

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The Wonder Women Tech Conference is giving cannabis a voice at this year’s conference.

Get your tickets and attend the event all three days or come attend on Saturday to see the “Growing Success — A Cannabis Meets Tech Love Story” panel at 4:20 pm-4:50 pm.

Moderator: Adelia Carrillo, CEO, Direct Cannabis Network
— Meredith Plotkin, Business Development & Cannabis Entrepreneur, MERRY JANE
— Andrea Drummer, LA-based Cannabis Chef & Founder, Cannabis Entrepreneurship Dialogues
— Kimberly Dillon, VP of Marketing, Papa and Barkley
— Molly Peckler, Founder & CEO, Highly Devoted

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Wonder Women Tech named "One of the Best Startup Conferences to Attend in 2017-2018"

Attending the right conferences for startups can help you and your new company rocket not just to the next level, but into the stratosphere. Choose the right startup conferences and you’ll make new deals, forge bonds with other entrepreneurs, and get inspired to set, meet and beat even more of your goals this year and beyond.

What Today’s Wonder Women Want Girls To Know

Imagine you are on an island…

A collection of fierce and brilliant women convene to inspire, challenge and learn from each other. Wisdom is shared. Cheering is raucous. Minds are racing. Picturing Wonder Woman’s island?

Nope…even better.

The island is Manhattan and you’re at Ellevate Network’s inaugural #MobilizeWomen Summit. But if Wonder Woman had been in town this week, we’re pretty sure she would have stopped by. And she would not have been out of place among the superheroes that rocked that stage.

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18 trailblazing women share the best advice they received

Over the course of the past year we’ve had the privilege of interviewing talented black women working in academia, fashion, science, accounting, social enterprises, technology, media, nonprofits, engineering, marketing, television, human resources and music.

Here are their nuggets of wisdom based on the best career advice they received.

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“The best advice that I act on every day came from my older brother, who was this incredible track athlete. His sport was the high jump. He’s only 5′ 11” and he would compete against guys who were over six feet tall. I remember my brother was going to a track meet…

40 Under 40 Winner: Lisa Mae Brunson

On Thursday, September 29, the Long Beach Post hosted an event to honor young people from around the city who are doing great things to better their community and beyond. Out of hundreds of nominations from our readers, judges chose 40 winners, representing a range of professions and activism. The Post will be profiling each honoree in the coming days.

Lisa Mae Brunson, 37, founded Wonder Women Tech in 2014, a nonprofit that educates and celebrates women and diversity in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics)…

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5 Women Rocking the Cannabis Industry

MERRY JANE presents “Trailblazing Cannabis” highlighting women thriving in the legal marijuana industry.

o foster growth and inclusion in the cannabis industry, MERRY JANE teamed up with Wonder Women Tech to present a panel featuring five women pioneering careers in the legal cannabis space.

The conversation, moderated by MERRY JANE’s News Editor Sasha Horne, was held as part of the Wonder Women Tech Conference.

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JULY 13, 2016

MERRY JANE presents “Trailblazing Cannabis” highlighting the innovative roles women play in the industry.

With 25 states and the District of Columbia having legalized some form of marijuana, the so-called “Green Rush” is in full swing, with entrepreneurs from across the globe looking to launch businesses in the lucrative legal marijuana space.

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How Can Women's Access to Technology Transform Into Leadership? Almas Jiwani to Deliver Keynote Address at Wonder Women Tech Conference in Long Beach, California

JUNE 22, 2016

Almas Jiwani will join fellow women pioneers and leaders to deliver keynote address at the Wonder Women Tech Conference from July 15 to July 17, 2016 at The Long Beach Convention Center, in Long Beach, California. With the theme #WeArePioneers, Wonder Women Tech will explore women and diversity in tech, and those leading the way for innovation.

“I believe this gathering speaks to what we are trying to accomplish at the Almas Jiwani Foundation. We are focused on empowering women, seeing more diversity across social and economic spectrums, and the importance of harnessing technology to help those living in poverty,” said Almas Jiwani…

The Integration of Art into STEM Sounds Like a No-Brainer, But Some Aren’t So Sure

NOVEMBER 25, 2015

In spring 2013, Susan Riley used Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky’s geometric paintings to teach Maryland public school students how to measure acute and obtuse angles.

Students watched dance choreography and identified the angles of dancers’ poses before dancing themselves, freezing in place, and recording their own angles on bulletin board paper. With protractors, they measured angles and colored certain parts a la Kandinsky.

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How One Founder and Social Innovator Makes Magic Happen

NOVEMBER 4, 2015

Lisa Mae Brunson is bringing women and minorities to the forefront of technology. And she’s using the technology they create to change the world.

The technology Lisa Mae and her team create tackle issues of equality, diversity and disconnection in humanity. What does this look like? In a recent hackathon hosted by Wonder Women Hacks, the company Lisa Mae founded, the winning team created an app that addresses human trafficking.

Long Beach to Lead a "Women in Innovation Revolution," Starting October 23

OCTOBER 12, 2015

The disproportionate role women play in leading and defining science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) has long been an unaddressed problem.

Women in the Western world use the internet more than their male counterparts, yet last year only about 15 percent of tech startups included a female founder. Women buy more cars than men do, but only make up about 20 percent of the U.S.’s current engineering student body.

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Wonder Woman Tech Conference Attracts Hundreds In Playa Vista

MARCH 2, 2015

A weekend-long conference was held in Playa Vista to empower females of all ages to pursue careers in tech industries.

According to researchers, tech employers have looked to diversify the sector by hiring women, and no longer solely offer jobs to men.

In a study by Harvard Business Review, a strong female presence in tech industries has rapidly declined, while almost 50 percent of women have sought new employers over hostile environments.

Tech conference in Playa Vista to explore issues faced by women working in technology industries

FEBRUARY 24, 2015

Attempting to narrow the gender gap in the male-dominated tech industry, the city of Los Angeles is sponsoring a three-day conference in Playa Vista to address issues women face in technical fields.

The Wonder Women Tech event, which starts Friday, will feature more than 50 female leaders from the science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, industries.

The purpose of the conference is to provide support and a space for discussion for women working in an industry that some see as hostile toward women.

“There is this understanding that women are not capable of being in these types of roles,” said the event’s director, Lisa Mae Brunson. “We need to change the conversation with our male counterparts. Not only are we capable, we’re awesome.”

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Wonder Women Tech takes on the industry’s gender imbalance at Playa Vista’s famed Spruce Goose hanger

FEBRUARY 25, 2015

The thriving digital technology sector has changed much about the way the world does business, but it’s taken that old glass ceiling into the 21st century.

When it comes to careers in tech — particularly lucrative software engineering jobs and company leadership roles — women are vastly underrepresented.

Gender diversification lags like dial-up Internet at some of the biggest names in the digital economy.

Women make up 30% of Google’s overall workforce but hold just 17% of Google’s tech-specific jobs, according to data the company has published online. Women account for 37% of Yahoo employees but fill only 15% of the company’s tech-specific jobs. At Twitter, women filled only 10% of technical roles as of last year.

Women Empowering Other Women at Wonder Women Tech Event in Los Angeles

MARCH 3, 2015

A variety of people gathered in Los Angeles this weekend to celebrate the first-ever Wonder Women Tech conference. The free event was held at the Hangar Hercules Campus in Playa Vista from February 27 through March 1.

Co-hosted by the City of Los Angeles, Wonder Women Tech commemorated women’s achievements in technology and science. The conference also sought to educate women, foster professional relationships and promote the integration of Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math or S.T.E.A.M.

“I wanted to co-create an ecosystem where we could discover a diverse range of pioneering women as role models, and cultivate a network where women were supporting and educating other women through their journey toward building success in tech, S.T.E.A.M and innovation,” Wonder Women Tech Co-Founder Lisa Mae Brunson said in a statement.

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Free Historic Wonder Women Tech Conference & Epic Hackathon

Wonder Women Hacks has partnered with the City of Los Angeles, to offer Wonder Women Tech: a series of events that offer a unique opportunity to strengthen the personal and professional development of women everywhere and inspire technology innovations that will change and empower the lives of women and girls.

Techies, programmers, developers, STEM students, professors, video content creators and creative visionaries will be gathering to build solutions to help empower women in Los Angeles and beyond! This is Wonder Women Tech, and it is coming to Los Angeles’ historic Howard Hughes hangar at the Hercules Campus in Playa Vista, February 2015.

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Wonder Women Tech And The City of Los Angeles Partner To Celebrate, and Educate Women In Tech, STEAM and Innovation Via Epic Free Conference!

Wonder Women Tech today announced that it will hold its inaugural conference February 27 through March 1 at The Hanger Hercules Campus, in Playa Vista. At this year’s three-day conference, attendees from around the world will participate in a Wonder Women Hacks hackathon building mobile apps to benefit women and girls, enjoy a Microsoft Gaming Session, and connect with A-list speakers and panelists to learn about the future of women in tech and innovation and be exposed to educational opportunities in S.T.E.A.M.

The conference will host 14 distinguished panels and over 50 speakers, including C-Suite women, business leaders, inventors, investors, best-selling authors and award winning scientists and pioneers. Keynote speakers include Karen Catlin, Former VP of Adobe, Georgia Deinst, head of Solve For X Google, and special guests.

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700 Expected at Conference Promoting Women in Tech, Science, Math Careers

Hoping to inspire more women to male-dominated fields of science, math and tech, “Wonder Women Tech” kicks off a first-of-its-kind conference in Los Angeles this weekend.

While there are many women in science, math and tech, they are leaving in large numbers, according to a Harvard Business Review report.

“We crack from that pressure of being in a man’s world and not being understood the way that we would like to be understood,” said Lisa Mae Brunson, the founder of Wonder Women Tech. “We can feel like this is too much for us.”
As part of the meeting, held at The Hangar in Playa Vista, women and girls will get hands-on training in a 36-hour “Hackathon.”

At the event, participants, including graphic designers, web developers, filmmakers and technologists, will compete in a number of challenges. Women and girls will develop projects aimed to raise awareness and solve challenges.


Has the glass ceiling ever been clearer?

For anyone who doubts that the glass ceiling exists or that women are shamefully under-represented in the top executive ranks in American business:

The NYTimes reported yesterday on a survey of large companies (S&P 1500) that states that there are fewer women CEOs of those large companies than there are men named John. I suppose, as a John, I ought to see a sliver lining in this; however, I have like being a product person and a marketer and have no desire to be a CEO. Also, I am too overwhelmed by the gratuitous injustice this illustrates.

I’ve had the privilege to work under the leadership of some extremely talented executives who happened to be women (yes, I am talking about you Lindas Ciprella and Finkel, Jaynie Studenmund, Sue Decker, and so on).

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World's First Ever Premium Denim Light Up Jeans

Got featured on Fox news last night debuting the world’s first ever premium denim light up jeans.

After 13 years as a professional designer, Canadian born Dalia MacPhee has rocketed to the upper echelon of sought after designers for red carpet events. Dalia’s gowns have graced the figures of celebrities such as Hilary Duff, Heidi Klum, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Olivia Munn, Amber Riley, Nina Dobrev, Niecy Nash, Alyssa Milano, Serena Williams, Scarlett Johansson, Khloe Kardashian, the stars of The Vampire Diaries, Big Bang Theory, Pretty Little Liars, True Blood, and Glee to name a few. Dalia’s designs will be worn by many celebrities as we approach the upcoming award season.

Please visit: www.daliamacphee.com

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Wonder Women Tech Conference

The growing tech sector of our LA economy is exciting, inspiring, creative — and, sadly, lacking in women. That’s why I am proud to be working with the City of Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women for the upcoming Wonder Women Tech” conference.

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MeetUp: Wonder Women Tech Conference


Celebrating Women in Tech!

Come Hack at the largest ‘Women in Tech’ Hackathon on the West Coast!

Wonder Women Tech, the first major conference honoring women innovators and introducing S.T.E.A.M. careers including a Hackathon and YouTube Media Challenge for L.A. women and girls. Hosted by the City of Los Angeles, Wonder Women Hacks, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Controller Ron Galperin, Councilmember Mike Bonin and Commissioner Dallas Fowler of the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women.

A series of events highlighting women in technology will take place February 27th – March 1st, 2015, which will celebrate women as innovators.

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Morning News 3/2: Wonder Women Tech, Battlehack, Grumpy Cat, Buddytruk

Here’s what’s new in the world of LA tech:

WONDER WOMEN TECH hosted a weekend full of seminars & hacks to empower the STEAM movement in young females

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Weekend Planner: 20 Things To Do In Los Angeles

WOMEN IN TECH: Wonder Women Tech holds its inaugural conference this weekend (Feb. 27 to March 1) at The Hanger Hercules Campus in Playa Vista. Attendees can participate in a “Wonder Women Hacks hackathon” to build mobile apps to benefit women and girls, have a Microsoft Gaming Session, and connect with the more than 50 speakers, panelists and other attendees to talk about the future of women in tech. Did we mention that the conference is free to attend? Kickoff party is from 6-9 pm on Friday night.

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Wonder Women Tech is an event that kicks off on February 27 with Mayor Garcetti speaking about the importance of women in the workforce, and ends on March 1. PodShare has a booth to welcome new Podestrians to the brand (both co-working and co-living) and Elvina spoke on a panel called “women who launch startups”

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Wonder Women Tech, a conference honoring women as innovators, will include a Hackathon, a Time Warner Media Challenge, keynote speakers, panelists, and opportunities for attendees to be exposed to S.T.E.A.M. and educational classes. This weekend of events celebrating women in tech will be hosted by the City of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Controller Ron Galperin,Council member Mike Bonin, the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, and Wonder Women Hacks.

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Join Our Mission to Stop Sex Trafficking

Know the Facts:

Between 100,000 and 300,000 children have been forced into prostitution in the United States. Sex trafficking really is all around us, hidden in plain sight. This knowledge comes from firsthand experience from experts on our team, with over 30 collective years working in social services for Los Angeles county.

Communication between agencies responsible for child welfare can be chaotic, but Hands Off unifies and organizes reports to make sure that nothing slips through the cracks.

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Hacking—Not Phishing—for Fish: Coders Worldwide Tackle Global Ocean Crisis

As the sun set over Long Beach Harbor Friday night, an unlikely crowd trickled through the entrance to the Aquarium of the Pacific. Instead of kiddos and cameras, they toted laptops and sleeping bags.

They gathered around daisy-chained power strips for a weekend of hacking—coding, not code breaking. The Southern California programmers were part of the Fishackathon, a worldwide marathon event with a dozen locations, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Jakarta, Indonesia, to Santiago, Chile. Their mission: spend two days and nights developing phone apps and other technology that would help keep the ocean’s fish supply plentiful.


Could Hackers Stop Illegal Fishing?

Fishing is big business. In 2012, more than 90 million tons of fish were caught globally, worth an estimated $130 billion, according to PBS NewsHour. It should come as no surprise that with that much money at stake, there’s someone willing to take advantage. Enter the world of illegal fishing.

Illegal fishing accounted for as much as $23 billion dollars in 2014. In the U.S,, a 2014 study from Marine Policy reported illegal fishing accounted for as much as 23 percent of wild-caught fish. The illegal fishing industry is bad for those trying to make their living fishing while following the rules and it’s destructive to both the fish and the ocean at large. Illegal fishermen don’t care about over fishing, the effects of fishing with poison, or what explosives do to marine life and habitats.

So how do we stop these illegal fishermen? We send in the hackers.


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