Tech Savvy was founded in 2006 by the AAUW Buffalo (NY) Branch, under the leadership of then-branch president Tamara Brown. AAUW Buffalo members have long held a strong tradition of supporting higher education for women with its annual Book Sale. Tech Savvy fittingly works to increase the pipeline of girls who will ultimately aspire to higher education in their futures, and each year a team of dedicated volunteers work to make these opportunities possible.
The first Tech Savvy was held at D’Youville College in Buffalo. All the Tech Savvy events since then have been at the University at Buffalo.
Thanks to Praxair, Baxter Healthcare, community groups, and other supporters, this annual event has become a huge success, now serving upwards of 600 girls and 200 parents and teachers each spring at the University of Buffalo at New York. To date, Tech Savvy has inspired thousands of girls — and their families and educators– to consider STEM fields.
In 2013, Praxair supported the national launch of the program to ten new cities nationally through a grant to AAUW, and the Buffalo branch’s program is the model for this national expansion of more Tech Savvy programs.