TechMAKERS is an initiative designed to help women break through the Silicon Ceiling and empower the next generation of female innovators. Produced in association with Melinda Gates, TechMAKERS highlights five extraordinary women making cutting-edge developments in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics and aerospace engineering.
Founder, Adafruit Industries
She started selling DIY electronics kits out of her dorm room. Now she’s leading a movement to empower people of all ages to become engineers.
MAKERS is a feminist media brand for newsMAKERS, historyMAKERS, and troubleMAKERS. We tell the stories of today’s trailblazing women to inspire the changeMAKERS of tomorrow.
Today, MAKERS.com features more than 4,500 original videos and more than 400 MAKERS interviews. Our MAKERS include well-known figures such as actress Lena Dunham, media mogul Oprah Winfrey, show runner Shonda Rhimes, YouTube sensation Lilly Singh, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, tennis champion Billie Jean King, as well as groundbreaking women such as the NBA’s first female referee Violet Palmer and Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.
In 2016, MAKERS executive produced the song “This Is For My Girls” in partnership with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn and #62MillionGirls initiative. “This Is For My Girls,” is written by Diane Warren and features vocal performances from Kelly Clarkson, Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Janelle Monae, Kelly Rowland, Chloe x Halle, and Lea Michele. The song hit No. 1 on Billboard.
MAKERS launched the MAKERS Stories app in March 2016. Designed to empower individuals to be their own storyteller, MAKERS Stories allows users to record their stories or the stories of others, creating their own MAKERS videos that live alongside a collection including Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Martha Stewart, Ava DuVernay, and Lena Dunham.
In 2017, MAKERS launched the MAKERS Podcast. The 8-episode series features stories from the history-makers and glass-ceiling breakers of the past, present, and future. From athletes and astronauts, to writers and revolutionaries, the podcast showcases MAKERS’ dynamic collection of women’s stories.
Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.