Why girls should be geeks, too

Getting more women into technology means starting them young, say the campaigners behind an inspiring school workshop called Little Miss Geek. Rebecca Armstrong finds out how they’re giving pupils the hi-tech bug. This is from the Independent…

On International Woman’s Day, campaigning technology agency Lady Geek took over two London girls’ schools to show pupils from Year 7 and 8 what a career in technology looks like, using inspiring speakers, coding and games-design workshops… as well as prizes such as Xbox 360s and Raspberry Pis for the girls who produced the best work.

Called Little Miss Geek, these workshops are the brainchild of Lady Geek CEO Belinda Parmar who is passionate about encouraging more women to look for roles within technology – and believes that the way to do this is to start young. “I want to live in a world where girls like you are our future technologists. I want to live in a world where girls create technology as well as consume it,” she tells the girls of St Saviour’s and St Olave’s in Southwark, who look half shell-shocked and half excited when she tells them that “the future technologists are rock stars”…

One of the contributors, Claire Vyvyan, executive director and general manager of Dell, public sector, described her career in technology…

“The IT I do today saves lives. We write code and programmes that use medical research that lets us diagnose cancer faster, we put satellites into space, I do all kinds of cyber technology with the secret services to make sure we can catch the bad guys in the world.”

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For more information go to littlemissgeek.org. Rebecca Armstrong is an adviser for Lady Geek

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