Hillsborough Women in Tech

Hillsborough Women in Tech

Last month, I had the honor of giving a Pecha Kucha talk at the Hillsborough Women in Tech event.  A Pecha Kucha is an ignite style talk, with twenty slides that automatically advance every twenty seconds.  This was my first time giving this style of talk and it’s a lot more work than the forty-five minute conference presentations I’m used to.  You have to be really concise about what you share – there isn’t time to go into a lot of details.  I chose to give a quick overview of the Maker Movement, briefly share how our Makerspace came about, and then explain what types of learning makerspaces support (future post coming from that section).

Awesome artwork on display at the event featuring each of the talks

Awesome artwork on display at the event featuring each of the talks

The event featured a lot of excellent speakers and programs, including a young girl named Priya who shared about how learning to code has changed her life.  There were booths from the local tech community, including organizations that teach adults how to code, Hillsborough High School’s robotics team, and an organization that supports local startups.  It was an excellent opportunity to connect with the local maker/STEM community here in Tampa.

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I think connecting with the greater Maker/STEM community is vital for anyone trying to promote the Maker Movement in their school.  We all have the same goals at heart, and there’s so much we can learn from one another.  My connections with the HIVE, Tampa Hackerspace and Eureka Factory have all been wonderful – I feel that we’ve all been able to learn and grow together.  As maker-minded educators, we need to be connecting with public libraries, local makerspaces, non-profit organizations that support STEM, and tech professionals who share our vision.

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during pecha kucha

Here’s a YouTube video about the event:

And here’s some press coverage from the Tampa Bay Times.

My Pecha Kucha slides:

*Have you ever given a Pecha Kucha style talk before?  What was your experience?*

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com. She was a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest from 2015-2018. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.


  1. Hi Diana , Yes I have given this type of talk once and I agree that it does take a lot more time to prepare for this talk than a 45 min talk. 😉 Would you consider giving your talk remotely via Google Hangout to another group of educators/librarians or perhaps at a Girls in Tech event. I’ve been creating some events in Vermont and would love to connect. http://www.GirlsMakeIt.org

  2. I’m up in St. Johns County, but I would love to attend this if they do another one this year.

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