Date: 
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 12:30

WHAT: The Eden Project hosts a Microsoft DigiGirlz event. This educational event (one of only two in the UK) will challenge 100 young women from 10 Cornish schools to create a pitch for a new game or app.

WHEN: Thursday September 10. Introductions and keynote speeches from 9.30am, the challenge to create the pitch for the new game or app begins at 10.30am. The winning pitch is announced at 3pm.

WHO: There will be talks and workshops led by Kate Hughes, Microsoft/Skype sponsor of the DigiGirlz event and co-founder of non-profit group Software Cornwall, Michele Freed, Partner PM Manager, Skype, Felicity Herst, Program Manager at Microsoft/Skype, and Cathy Walkington, HR Director PE & O at Microsoft/Skype, along with 20 other Microsoft volunteers.

WHERE: The Core, Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall PL24 2SG

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The Eden Project will be hosting a Microsoft DigiGirlz event, in partnership with Microsoft on September 10 (2015). The event is designed to provide young women with a better understanding of what a career in technology is all about.

DigiGirlz, a Microsoft YouthSpark program, gives secondary school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops.

Microsoft is providing DigiGirlz Days all over the globe, the Eden Project being one of two events held in the UK. The other UK event is in Reading, the headquarters of Microsoft in the UK.

The all-day event will be held in the Core building at the Eden Project and led by 20 Microsoft volunteers. The students will hear from motivational speakers and interact with Microsoft employees and managers to gain exposure to careers in business and technology. They will also get an inside look at what it's like to work at Microsoft.

The event will challenge girls from 10 different Cornish schools to create a pitch for a new game or app. At the end of the day they will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges and a winner will be announced.

First prize will receive design and engineering resources from Skype to get at least as far as working prototype of their application.

Not only will the winning school benefit from it, but all the other schools will be able to continue to watch the progress of the apps development through the use of social media sites.

Kate Hughes, Microsoft/Skype sponsor of the DigiGirlz event and co-founder of non-profit group Software Cornwall, said: “The DigiGirlz events are developed by Microsoft specifically to attract young women into a career in technology. DigiGirlz is a fun and practical way to engage and encourage work in IT, as well as make a difference to the lives of schoolgirls in Cornwall.

“As a Cornish woman who grew up in Cornwall and studied in Cornish schools it’s both an honour and a pleasure to be a part of showcasing the ever-growing number of career opportunities now available to young women in technology.”

Kim Conchie, Chief Executive at Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, said: “DigiGirlz is a great initiative. There are some sectors in UK where we are just not harnessing all the energy and resources available to drive the economy forwards.

“I believe that girls choosing careers in the IT industry, in the widest sense, is one of the areas we really need to promote. And the prize for success would be – will be – huge.”

Please note that this event is now fully booked.

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