Sunday 20 August 2017

Stop opting out of tech, Microsoft urges girls

MC Sinead Burke pictured at the Go For it Event in the O’Reilly Hall in UCD. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
MC Sinead Burke pictured at the Go For it Event in the O’Reilly Hall in UCD. Photo: Kyran O’Brien

Chai Brady

Irish girls were urged to "do what makes their hearts leap" and pursue careers in the technology sector, at a talk in UCD yesterday.

The vice president of Microsoft, Peggy Johnson, told an audience full of schoolgirls not to give up on information and communications technologies (ICT).

The tech multinational found girls begin to lose interest in technology at the age of 15, and wants to stop them "opting out".

Ms Johnson said that it was encouraging having female friends while she studied engineering, as the classes were largely male, but added "that that situation's changing of course".

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"I really encourage those sort of informal mentoring groups amongst young women, because it absolutely helped me," she said.

A panel at the launch of the #GoForITGirls initiative saw tech-savy women talk about what inspired them. In attendance was the youngest tech wizard Lexi Schoene (9), who won the CoderDojo Coolest Project Awards last year.

Irish Independent

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