On 28 January, Kuato took part in a major STEM event for girls. Organised by Stemettes, a social enterprise that inspires girls into technology and science careers, Girls in STEM was an inspiring day of positive reinforcement, encouraging girls to consider Computer Science and STEM careers, perhaps for the first time.
Any early hesitation among the girls about attending an event devoted to technology, science and engineering quickly gave way to outright enthusiasm. “Girls should pursue careers in STEM,” declared one jubilantly, “the jobs are well paid, and I love the idea of using technology to create something that people find useful.” Another seemed to experience something of a tech epiphany: “I didn’t know there was so much possibility to be creative with technology. I always thought that it was about using and fixing things rather than creating things.”
A number of inspirational women attended the events across the five locations to share with the girls their adventures in tech. As Hannah Phillips said, “I never thought I would be a ‘girl in tech’. Coming from a drama background, technology didn’t even cross my mind. It was a good feeling to stand there, as a girl ‘in tech’ and remind these girls that, YES, they can!” Hannah is an Outbox Incubator alumnus, and founder of 4wardz.
#GirlsInStem was the top trending Twitter topic for five hours during the course of the day! Congratulations to Stemettes and their sponsor Accenture for pushing the girls in STEM agenda. Kuato was delighted to play its part!