What happens when International Women’s Day, Google and the Tech Girls Movement combine?
Well, not quite, but it’s pretty close.
8 March 2017 is International Women’s Day, and it’s also the day that Google and the Tech Girls Movement are launching their Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero.
The event at the Google headquarters in Sydney will also be a celebration of women in technology. The event itself is now sold out.
The Tech Girls Movement
The mission of the Tech Girls Movement is to promote ‘positive female information technology role models to encourage and raise awareness of technology careers options for girls’.
Since 2008 the Tech Girls Movement has put 65,000 copies of their ‘Tech Girls are Chic!’ book into the hands of school girls across Australia. The book encourages girls to think about technology in a different way, and to start considering how they can create a career for themselves in the industry.
From this, Tech Girl Superheroes were born!
Kids and adults alike enjoy dressing up, and the idea of having a tech super power is a pretty engaging one.
Tech Girls are Superheroes 2
The Tech Girls Movement has just released the second edition of their second book in the ‘Tech Girls are Superheroes’ series. This one features four stories introducing eight new superheroes from Australia and New Zealand.
Educators can order bulk copies of this book for free, for their students.
Search for the next Tech Girl Superhero
From March, teams of girls from across Australia can submit their entry to become the next Tech Girl Superhero. They will ‘learn and apply the skills needed to solve real-world problems through technology’.
State winners will compete to become the national Australian winners, who will get a free trip to San Francisco to compete against other teams from around the world.
If you or someone you know is studying or working in a STEM field, then the Tech Girls Movement needs your help! They’re currently looking for mentors for their 2017 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero. Further information and registration are available on the website.
Superhero Daughter Day
Another upcoming event, hosted by Tech Girls Movement and Diverse City Careers, is the Superhero Daughter Day. It originated as a small event in Brisbane last year, and requests came through from across the country. So this year, the event is being held in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart and Auckland.
The event gives girls the chance to learn coding through fun activities. They’ll also get the opportunity to meet some great tech role models.
Further details can be found on the website.
Do you know any Tech Girl Superheroes?
Feel free to share this post with your fellow colleagues and students at your school.
We’d love to hear if any teams at your school compete to become the next Tech Girl Superhero.