Fifty girls from around the UK will gather at the University of the West of Scotland in Paisley this weekend for a hackathon and the opportunity to network with role model STEM professionals.
Organised by London-based Methods Digital and Stemettes, the social enterprise working to support young women into science, technology, engineering and maths careers, the two-day event will be hosted by Stemettes co-founder Anne Marie Imafidon. Trish Quinn, digital transformation lead at the Scottish Government’s Digital Directorate, and a Stemettes ambassador, will also be attending.
The hackathon will provide girls an opportunity to “explore, play and get creative in the fascinating world of technology”, whilst giving them a hands on experience in coding and a chance to network with STEM professionals. It aims to show them that, beyond the traditional career paths, they have the potential to develop exciting futures in technology.
The girls will be supported and guided by a team of volunteers, including a selection of female staff proficient in Python and HTML from Methods Digital. One of the activities will be building websites on the trending theme of ‘fake news’. The event is open to girls aged 5 to 22, and no prior coding experience is required. Find out more here and register here.