History of the Website Design Competition
The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation (MCWT) proudly hosts the longest-running and most exciting website design competition for high school – and now also middle school – girls in the state of Michigan.
The first competition, in 2006, was limited to one high school that had an MCWT GET IT club. GET IT stands for Girls Exploring Together – Information Technology. That first year just three girls designed websites and presented them to a few MCWT members after school one day.
The second competition included three schools with GET IT programs. That year, 2007, seventeen teams participated. In 2008, MCWT opened the competition to any high school girl in Southeast Michigan. In 2013, mid-Michigan area schools joined in the fun. In 2014, MCWT opened the competition to any high school girl in the state of Michigan.
Over seventy first-round judges from MCWT’s partner companies, examine the entries and select the finalists. The finalists are invited to attend Finals Day to show their sites to six judges, comprised of CIOs and managers of large Michigan companies.
- In 2010, Mercedes Benz Financial Services (MBFS) added a bonus for the winners: a special day at MBFS, including a shiny black car with driver to pick the girls up. MBFS continues the tradition each year.
- In 2011, MCWT created two categories – Beginner and Advanced. MCWT also doubled the prize money.
- In 2011, Comerica Bank offered a paid summer internship to the 1st-place Advanced winner. Comerica Bank continues to invite the winner to work at Comerica Bank’s IT division for the summer.
- In 2016, MCWT streamlined the complex judging process by using evaluation software instead of score sheets sent via email attachment.
- Now in 2017, MCWT has added a competition for middle school girls.
Each year, MCWT Foundation and its partner companies look forward to seeing what today’s girls in Michigan can accomplish.