A survey commissioned by Microsoft found that young girls in Europe become interested in STEM subjects around the age of 11 and then quickly lose interest when they're 15. As a result the number of women preparing themselves for technical jobs by studying math, engineering, computing, and sciences, is disproportionally low. There are many reasons that cause this loss of interest - from peer pressure, conformity to social expectations, gender stereotypes, gender roles, to a lack of role models and support from parents and teachers, to a general misperception of what STEM careers look like in the real world.
Inicio's GirlTechies™ events make girls and young women aware of the vast possibilities ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) offer, quelling misconceptions about the sector and inviting them to envision their future as ICT creators. Inicio has celebrated Girls in ICT day since 2016 and with every successive year the number of participants, and the activities we offer, gets bigger and better!
During our 2019 event, Inicio focused on the concept of “gaming”. More than 100 girls between the ages of 12 – 19 participated in a full day of hands on activities and case studies where they learned about electronics and 21st century problem solving skills. They were fully supported during the workshops by Inicio's incredible team of mentors - students who are studying in the field of ICT at some of Sweden’s leading universities.
By contributing to our effort to inspire more girls this year, you get:
With the Silver Package, you get everything included in Bronze plus:
With the Gold package, you get everything included in Silver & Bronze plus: