TechBirmingham thrives through its immensely talented and diverse group of member companies and their employees. We are also fortunate to be part of a community that values giving back and helping others to succeed. Meet Our Volunteers is an ongoing Q&A series highlighting the individuals who are crucial to the success of our programs.
Meet Amrita Lakhanpal, a high school student at The Altamont School. Amrita is a San Antonio native and has lived in Birmingham most of her life. Read on to learn more about Amrita.
I volunteer at EPIC Elementary teaching the students all about computer science. I also enjoy playing tennis, running, dancing, and of course computer programming!
Why did you decide to volunteer with TechBirmingham?
I wanted to combine my loves for computer science and community service, and I especially wished to introduce computer science to other girls in order to increase the number of women in technology. I found the 100 Girls of Code organization, and I really enjoy volunteering at the workshops and helping all the girls pursue their goals in computer science.
What is your perspective of today’s tech scene in Birmingham? What opportunities do you see for these future generations?
Birmingham has come a long way as far as the tech scene is concerned, but the city has so much potential for growth.
What is one piece of advice that you would give to kids that want to pursue a career in technology?
Start young! Do not be afraid to approach local tech companies in your town for volunteer opportunities or internships. It will help you get a feel for the profession.
Any other information you would like to share?
I have learned so much valuable information through volunteering with TechBirmingham. I have had the opportunity to meet and speak with so many successful people in technology that I aspire to be like one day.
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