Annika GarbersAtlanta, GA – November 4, 2013 – Women in Technology (WIT)  and Scintel Technologies, Inc. announced that Annika Garbers is this year’s recipient of the Girls Get IT Girl of the Year (GOTY) award, which will be presented at the Women of the Year in Technology Awards, presented by Infor on November 14 at the Georgia Aquarium. The award was created in 2012 as part of WIT’s commitment to support the entire lifecycle of a woman’s career in technology.

Girls Get IT, a signature program of the WIT Foundation, is focused on collaboration with the Georgia business and educational community to inspire girls in middle and high school to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The GOTY award recognizes a girl who has demonstrated a strong interest in science, technology, engineering or math, who has been fully engaged in one or more Girls Get IT programs in 2013, who is respectful and encouraging to others, who is credited with exemplary performance in education and school citizenship, and who has created a lasting and positive impression on a Girls Get IT sponsoring host company and WIT member. Scintel Technologies, Inc. has sponsored the award since its inception.

“Scintel is very involved in Atlanta’s Technology community, especially WIT. For us at Scintel, business is far more than balance sheets and sales; it is about making a positive difference in our community,” said T.K. Ganesh, president and CEO of Scintel. “Our associates consider it a privilege to support endeavors that encourage young girls to become strong contributors to the technology revolution. Partnering with Girls Get IT and WIT allows us to be a part of this exciting story and have a meaningful impact on the lives of young women destined to become trailblazers in our industry.”

Annika has actively participated in six Girls Get IT Behind-the-Scenes programs this year, hosted by Coca-Cola, Cox Communications, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Chamberlain College of Nursing, McKesson, Turner Broadcasting and Georgia Pacific, the company that nominated her. She plans to attend a technical college for degrees in systems engineering and project management.

“Last year, we set the bar high with our inaugural Girl of the Year, Ariana Tyson, and Annika more than lives up to the standard set,” said Jannet Walker, president of the WIT Foundation. “This young lady is truly inspirational and embodies what the Girls Get IT program is all about. We look forward to her continued involvement in WIT throughout the entire course of what I’m sure will be a successful career in technology. Perhaps she will go on to become a winner of one of the Women of the Year in Technology awards.”

Annika combines home education with programs offered through GAEPH (Georgia Enrichment Program for Homeschoolers), where she maintains a 4.2 GPA and participates in school academic clubs such as the National Junior Classics League Latin Club and the National Homeschool Honor Society.

She co-captains and serves as lead programmer on a Girl Scout-sponsored FIRST Robotics team which has represented Georgia at the FIRST World Championship and has been in the top three teams in the state for the past three years. She has created and maintains the team website, geniusrobotics.com, and frequently updates the team’s YouTube channel with instructional and promotional videos she produces. She has also helped organize outreach events which introduce thousands of elementary and middle school students to robotics and STEM.

Annika also serves as Editor-in-Chief for two online magazine websites she created in sixth grade. She now manages over 70 staff members from around the world who collaborate to post articles and photos. She has also presented instructional sessions at DrupalCamp Atlanta since 2010.

About Women in Technology (WIT)

WIT is a passionate advocate of women in Georgia’s technology community, reaching more than 1,000 professionals annually through programs such as WIT Forums and Careers in Action. WIT enables women to build strong networks, develop leadership skills and advance their careers. WIT’s premier events include the annual WIT Connect fundraiser and WIT’s Women of the Year in Technology Awards. Through the WIT Foundation, WIT educates and encourages girls and young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with programs like Girls Get IT and WIT on Campus. WIT is a founding society of the Technology Association of Georgia. For more information, visit www.mywit.org.