Girl coders spend 2 days 'hacking' the Barbican
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- 70 girls (from 9 years old) will be creating mobile apps and games
- Part of the wider HackTheBarbican month long event
- O2 and Starbucks are sponsoring the free event - providing food and laptops
- Each girl will have a female working in technology to help with her creation
Seventy girls will gather at the Barbican Centre to create their own video games, mobile apps and technical creations as a part of an inaugural two-day all-girls hackathon set to start on August 17th. The first of its kind, the hackathon will allow girls as young as nine to try their hand at coding and give them the chance to explore and develop their technical abilities.
This event is the latest in a series of events organised by the Stemettes project in a bid to encourage more girls to take up an interest in the growing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) sectors. It mission is to make female STEM role models more accessible, real and relatable to girls, so that the next generation of women can make an informed decision about working in the STEM industry.
The hackathon is sponsored by O2/Telefonica and Starbucks who will be providing the girls with laptops and food throughout the weekend. The room will be fully equipped with projectors, wifi and bean bags to ensure an environment conducive for coding and creativity.
The girls will begin building on the Saturday morning, using various coding tools sourced by the Stemettes team. They will have until Sunday afternoon to complete and present their project. A jury of professional women in technology and gaming will award prizes to the best projects. Female university students will be judged in a category separate from younger participants.
Anne-Marie Imafidon, head and founder of Stemettes ("Head Stemette"), is glad to see her dream coming to fruition - "I've always loved playing with technology and have enjoyed being able to express my creativity using computers."
Anne-Marie was the youngest girl ever to pass an A-level in Computing at the age of eleven and was one of 3 girls out of a total of 70 students on her Mathematics and Computer Science course at University. She graduated from Oxford University with a Masters degree at the age of twenty.
The hackathon is a part of the wider HackTheBarbican event being hosted by the Barbican Centre in association with The Trampery, which is bringing together hackers to explore and redefine the boundaries between the Arts, Technology and Entrepreneurship in a month-long extravaganza.
The Stemettes project was started in January 2013 by Anne-Marie Imafidon to raise the alarm about the decline in the number of women working within the STEM industry, despite the sector’s unprecedented growth and increasing skills shortage. In a few months, Anne-Marie and a crew of dedicated volunteers have run a series of panel discussions, organised the upcoming hackathon and are planning a STEM exhibition for later this year. They also run experience days for groups of girls in schools.
Stemettes is present across a multitude of social media platforms (Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, YouTube and Google+) and has a growing mailing list of supporters and 'little Stemettes'.
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Media contact: Head Stemette Anne-Marie Imafidon
For more information about Stemettes, visit their website: www.stemettes.co.uk