It was a great pleasure to be invited to the Digigirlz event at Eden this week. This event is one of two events being held in the UK, so it was excellent for this to be held in Cornwall. Well done to Eden and the team for putting on this event.
DigiGirlz, is part of the Microsoft YouthSpark program which gives secondary school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology. More importantly, it allows the students to participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops supported by Microsoft employees.
The event challenged girls from 10 different Cornish schools to create a pitch for a new game or app. It was also good to hear from high-ranking Skype and Microsoft employees about a career in this industry. During the event, a film was shown which highlighted how far, in such a short space of time, this industry has evolved, and is continuing to evolve at unprecedented levels.
The worthy winners were students from Bodmin College who will receive design and engineering resources from Skype to get at least as far as working prototype of their application. From this, I hope this app will make it to one of the app stores.
Congratulations should go to all the students, supported by teachers who took part in the event. It was good to see students from Helston College taking part in the event. Sadly, they did not win (slightly biased as it is my local school).
Again, thanks to Eden, and those who gave their time to show secondary school girls that a career in technology is something that is achievable, and rewarding.