Madison '18, a Girls Who Code alum, took the stage with the organization's founder at the massive IBM InterConnect Conference in Las Vegas on March 21.
Madison participated in a Girls Who Code summer immersion program in 2016 at IBM's Silicon Valley Labs, where her team made a website using Watson and the Bluemix cloud system. At InterConnect, Madison and two other high school girls spoke about their experience, first before a crowd of about 18,000 in the chairman's address and again in a panel discussion in front of about 1,500 people. Both times they were joined by Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani.
"I think the best experience that we took from our time with IBM and Girls Who Code is the chance to spend time, to collaborate, and to work in a real tech company that so passionately supports young women in STEM fields," Madison said during the opening address.
At the end of that session, IBM Chairman Ginni Rometty surprised the students by announcing they each would have paid internships at the company this summer.
Madison also spoke at IBM's Watson Developer Conference in November 2016.
Madison founded Catalina's FIRST Robotics team, which is wrapping up its rookie season. The school's new Girls Who Code Club, founded by Lauren Morgenthaler '17, meets Saturdays at Monterey Peninsula College.
Madison during the chairman's address:
Madison during the panel discussion: