CoopDigital sponsors the first Girl Geek Academy

CoopDigital are sponsoring the first Girl Geek Academy run by Liverpool Geek Girls. It’s an 8 week project based programme for girls between the ages of 11-16 to immerse themselves into the technology sector. The key focus will be building a website with code but will also look at female role models and confidence, something that we’ve recognised are incredibly important skills to have within the sector.

Both Liverpool Girl Geeks and the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) are introducing this as a pilot with the hope for it to be a continuous course. Due to the location of the academy we’re also able to offer extra insight into the tech sector by giving them the opportunity to use 3D printers and robotics as well showcase the great spaces and modern technologies that the industry has to offer.

Picture of girls at Liverpool Geek Girls

Why is this important?

We’re committed to supporting gender diversity in the digital sector, only yesterday we talked about our support for gender diverse panels. One of the ways to tackle the gender imbalance in this sector is to educate girls and young women to show them the possibilities of working in technology.

What will they learn?

Lauren Williams one of the tutors will be facilitating the 8 weeks by teaching the 15 girls how to build their own websites. We want them to learn some basic HTML & Javascript skills as well as build on their self esteem. We want them to speak about their passions, show off their skills. Our own Co-op engineers will join the academy during half-term which is 24 October to 28 October, to do more in depth sessions on code and other skills.

The academy will run from 27 September to 15 November, every Tuesday 6.30 to 8.30pm at FACT in Liverpool. If you want to find out more or apply for a place visit the Liverpool Geek Girl Academy website.

Danielle Haugedal-Wilson  & Chelsea Slater 

 

 

 

Gender diversity at conferences & events

There’s not enough women working in digital. Without gender-balanced teams digital services and platforms will be less diverse, inclusive, and not as good as they could be. Mike Bracken our Chief Digital Officer reminded us of many other good reasons to make sure that we address the gender imbalance when we screened CodeGirl at 1 Angel Square in February.

Picture of the panel at the recent Ladies that UX event held at 1 Angel Square

Conferences and events are a great way to share knowledge, but too often they’re dominated by all male speakers. By not trying harder to hear from women who are experts we won’t ever be able to fix the gender imbalance in the digital industry.

This is why we signed up to Owen Barder’s pledge along with Design Manchester for DM16, and is why in future no one from CoopDigital will speak at events or be part of panel discussions of two or more people unless there is at least one woman speaking or part of the panel, not including the chair. We’ll make sure that we do exactly the same for events that we hold both internally and externally as well.

Gail Lyon

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