Zerolight Hosts Girls in Tech 2019
Last month, ZeroLight hosted their annual Girls in Tech event in their award-winning studios on Newcastle Quayside. Created by ZeroLight and local business development initiative NE1Can, it brings together schools across the North East with tech companies to show young women the opportunities available to them and the benefits of working within the technology industry.
ZeroLight’s Talent Development Manager, Erin Turnbull, opened the event with a talk on the variety of careers available within the industry and the different routes you can take to get there. This was followed by Software Engineer Kelly Logan giving advice on how to stand out from the crowd.
The students were able to get involved in different activities throughout the day, from creative challenges to a demo of ZeroLight’s latest technology. With help from local companies Womble Bond Dickinson and Hedgehog Labs, they learned about the use of new technology within the legal system and a glimpse of the collaborative nature of design work.
Each activity was created to show the girls the multitude of opportunities within the tech sector, and the range of careers that are available to them. With women making up just 17% of the UK tech sector, running these events whilst the students are at an age where they are just starting to consider career choices is so important.
The entire day was a great success, inspiring to many of the girls who attended. Thank you to Womble Bond Dickinson and Hedgehog Labs for attending, and to NE1Can for helping to organise such a great initiative.
Generator North East, The Manse, Kingsland Church Studios, Priory Green, Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 2DW
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