Joselyn McDonald (CEO) and Nicole Messier (CTO), Cofounders of blink blink
McDonald comes from an aerospace engineering background and Messier from a creative technology background. They met at Parsons and instantly bonded over their desire to incorporate more women into the technology field. They noticed that many of their fellow students at Parsons were combining fashion and tech, and this led them to create the blink blink kit. Contained in a plastic toolbox is supplies ranging from copper tape, “fairy wire” (strings of thousand of LED lights), and sewable battery holders for girls to use to deck out their backpacks and sneakers with tech accessories. Girls can also make light-up cards with a smaller version of the kit that has more paper supplies. blinkblink also has a website, complete with DIY instructions, troubleshooting videos and a blog about inspirational women in the tech industry. The kits range from $35-$79.