Ashley Jane Lewis is a Maker and Youth Tech Educator. Lewis spent over a year leading the ground-up development of Girls Learning Code; an attempt to encourage more young females to learn technological skills and help to close the gender gap in the field. She has also designed educational new media content for the TIFF Bell Lightbox, including the digiPlaySpace, 50 Years of Bond, Maker March Break Camp and various ongoing programming, and was the winner of Toronto’s Startup Weekend Maker Edition and runner up globally. This led Lewis and her team to create a product that makes reading more interactive for kids.
Lewis’ previous roles have included digital media production at TVO, web content and design for Mozilla and the role of production lead for Forest; an interactive art installation showcased at TIFF’s digiPlaySpace 2015. Now a new media specialist for the RTA School of Media, she is also the founder of Spark Makers; a maker culture meets girl guides start up supported by the Transmedia Zone, and a ConEd instructor for the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University.