The Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science (Cornell Bowers CIS) is an academic epicenter for tech innovation, radical collaboration, and world-class scholarship. Many of our faculty and alumni have established companies that are helping to address some of the world’s most urgent issues as well as broadening the participation of historically marginalized groups in the computing and information science fields. In addition, many of our classes partner with local and regional community groups to develop apps and technology to advance industries and quality of life. Hackathons and business competitions also draw wide and enthusiastic student engagement. Here are some examples of faculty and alumni companies:

Founded by Jehron Petty ’20, ColorStack cultivates the largest digital community of its kind to deliver academic support, career development and community-building opportunities. The program aims to increase the entrance, retention, and success of Black, Latinx, and Native American computer science students.

EGK Starters: Developed by Anthonia Carter, a Fulbright Scholar and doctoral candidate in Information Science, EGK Starters provides transformative learning and mentorship experiences to early-stage BIPOC startup founders, positioning them to raise capital and partner with investors in implementing strategic initiatives to fund yet more BIPOC-led startups.

Exotanium, a software startup founded by faculty and researchers of the college that helps companies reduce wasteful spending and leverage available cloud resources more efficiently.

Response, founded by three Cornell undergraduates in computer science, offers a marketplace of verified medical suppliers so healthcare professionals around the world can safely purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical medical equipment. Established before the COVID-19 pandemic, the urgent need for the app became even more pronounced during supply shortages and uneven distribution networks.

Pre-Vet Tracker Mobile App helps students planning to apply to a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program to track their veterinary and animal experience. The app was developed in partnership with the College of Veterinary Medicine and a software engineering class.

Ithaca Snow Angels, a web-based app, developed by Cornell computer science students working with city software engineers help clear potentially dangerous public nuisance: snow-covered sidewalks and curb cuts at downtown intersections.

W.E. Cornell helps STEM women commercialize their innovations and overcome the challenges of leading a growing technology-based business. In addition to Dean Bala serving on the Advisory Board, many students from Cornell Bowers CIS are actively involved in W.E. Cornell programming.

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Empower talented and intelligent women through education and experience

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Promotes a hands-on approach to entrepreneurship, where participating students spend a weekend brain-storming, honing and ultimately delivering companies.

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Cornell Bowers CIS partners with the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management for the Digital Technology Immersion program.

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URMC, a student group at Cornell, brings together and supports underrepresented minority students in computing through networking and mentorship.

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Women in Computing at Cornell strives to make computing inclusive for all.

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