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GirlGeek of the Week
August 1999

Melissa Sconyers

Melissa Sconyers

I just turned 15, and I am located in Austin, Texas. I am the Founder/ President of ativity inc. Activity started mainly as a graphic and web design business but is growing quickly and reaching into new areas of work. I am also the Co-President of EasyBanners Inc., which is run by one of my best online friends who is the same age as I, but of course a guy.

My most recent project is developing a Web site for an educational contest called ThinkQuest ( My team's subject is eBiz4Teens (eB4T). The prizes for the contest include scholarships of up to $25,000. This summer I was invited to go to TechSchool 2000, in Kingston, Jamaica. I am leaving in two weeks, and staying for two weeks. I will be teaching Web Design and Graphic Design while I am there, as well as taking some classes myself. I'm really excited to be going.

I was also selected to be featured in a FamilyPC article about teen entrepreneurs. I believe I was the only girl featured. I am also the youngest member of WITI, and I attend all of the Austin Chapter meetings. I encourage fellow GirlGeeks to find a local chapter near them. Attending WITI meetings has earned me many great contacts, through the valuable networking oppurtunites that the meetings offer.

I have been home schooled since 7th grade, and I am currently a Junior in High School. I will graduate in December 2000, two years early, at age 16. My favorite subjects are English, and of course Computers. I plan to attend the University of Texas at Austin, and major in Communications. And as I always say, you are a true geek when your computer books outweigh you...Therefore, I am.

When did you first discover your love and/or obsession with computers and technology?

I knew where the "Spacebar" and "Enter" keys were on the keyboard at about 3 months! I have loved computers as long as I can remember, but I began using them seriously at about age 10 (when I started my first business). Now I'm on the computer and online nearly 24/7!

How do you earn a living?

The beauty of being a 15 year old entrepreneur is that I don't have to earn a living, but the money I make is either saved up for college and/or a car or spent on the latest and greatest computer stuff.

Do you consider yourself a Geek?


What is your favorite Web site?

I have so many favorites! I really love the Girl Geeks? site, its great to finally have a site dedicated to the female geeks of the world! and are my favorite search engines, and I also spend a LOT of time at,, and

What do you do when you are not working?

I am a competitive inline speed skater, and I practice five times a week at the local skating rink. I also love listening to music (mostly Rap, R&B, and Hip Hop), spending time online chatting with my (predominately male) geek friends, and relaxing with my skating team at Trudy's restaraunt ( When at home (and not at the computer or on the phone), I can be found reading my favorite books by Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) or my Baby Blues comic book collection.


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