The Girls Who Build Music Tech workshop for high school girls is a one-day, hands-on introduction to music technology (ie. How autotuning works!) at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaverworks Center. The workshop includes tearing down old headphones and speakers, designing your own speaker, and programming a synthesizer (make mixes! do funny voice changers!). Participants also get to listen to keynote speakers from the music technology industry, including female engineers from Bose and MIT. The curriculum will be available online after the workshop. The registration fee covers lunch and material costs of the speaker and synthesizer kits.


Saturday, February 3rd 2018


Check-in begins at 8.30am. Please arrive by 9.00am. Pick-up 4.00-4.30pm.

8.30 am - 9.10 am            Check-in & Tear Down Music Tech

9.10 am - 9.30 am            Welcome 

9.30 am - 10.00 am         Keynote speaker: Angela Roderick of Bose

10.00 am - 12.00 pm       Intro to Speakers by Bose Engineers

                                         Activity: Build a Speaker

12.00 pm - 1.00 pm         Lunch 

                                         Panel with an Opera Singer, Bose Engineers, and Other Women of Music Tech!

1.00 pm - 1.30 pm            Intro to Music Signal Processing

1.30 pm - 3.30 pm           Activity: Program a Guitar Synthesizer      

3.30 pm - 4.00 pm         Closing Remarks

4.00 pm - 4.30 pm         Concert


MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaverworks Center

NE45-202, 2nd Floor, 300 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA

There is metered street parking available and nearby MBTA stop, Kendall/MIT Station for drop off and pick up. 




Who can sign up?

High school girls (Grades 9-12th). No experience with coding needed!

How do I sign up?

Fill out the registration page and pay the registration fee. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can incoming 9th graders attend?


Where can I park to drop off/pick up my daughter?

There is metered street parking and nearby MBTA stop, Kendall/MIT station.

Is there any preparation I need to do?

A week before the workshop, you will receive photo release forms. Please fill these out ahead of time or at the workshop check-in. If you are bringing a laptop, you will get additional instructions. Otherwise, just bring yourself and the signed forms.

How will I know if I am fully registered?

You will get a confirmation email that your payment has been received and you are fully registered.

Can parents attend?

No, but we offer online curricula (including this one!) so parents can try out the activities with their daughters at home.