Microsoft DigiGirlz 2018

Microsoft is partnering with AUT to host DigiGirlz on 19 May, aimed to inspire the next generation of girls to be part of our tech future.
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On May 19th, Microsoft is partnering with AUT to host DigiGirlz. It is an one day event aimed to inspire the next generation of girls to be part of our tech future. We have hands on robotics workshops with OMGTech!, HoloLens experiences and a range of speakers to showcase that technology spans a variety of careers beyond coding and engineering.

DigiGirlz is designed for female students aged 13 – 17 years to:

Get inspired by women and men who made a difference in their fields; Get excited by the jobs of tomorrow related to STEM. 

Today, only 18% of computer science degrees are completed by women. That's a 19% decrease from 1984. With technology being such a vital part of the future, it's important we're encouraging girls to consider careers in these areas to help reduce the gender gap.

DigiGirlz aims to target this issue by providing hands-on activities to get girls excited about the tech industry. This event will shine a spotlight on careers that involve tech but relate to areas our students are passionate about. Furthermore, the event is about creating a platform for girls to find role models in women who are succeeding in the tech industry, from within Microsoft and from external speakers and panelists. DigiGirlz is an opportunity to make these role models more accessible and their stories more well known. Girls will have the opportunity to converse with them and be inspired by their journeys.

Proudly hosted by AUT, the official University partner of Techweek’18.

If you would like to attend this event, please print and fill out the registration form accessed through the “Book tickets!” button, and send the scanned copy it to t-kasue@microsoft.com

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Speakers

Amrit is in her third year of mechatronics engineering at AUT. She’s passionate about helping people who are out to make a difference in the community and some of the initiatives she’s involved in are SheSharp, Microsoft Student Partner, OMGTech, Hardware Meetup and she also run AUT STEM Women club.
Ian Lemuel Taylor CNZM is of Ngāti Kahungunu and Nga Puhi descent, and is the CEO of Animation Research, which is one of the top computer animation companies in New Zealand and known internationally for its work, particularly in television advertising and sports graphics.
Maru is Metia Interactive’s managing director, game producer and designer and leads a team of developers including artists and programmers. In 2016 she was awarded Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to gaming and mental health.
Pip is the current Partner Marketing Lead at Microsoft NZ. She has more than 10 years of leadership experience executing marketing strategy and integrated plans within Tech and Media. With broad B2C and B2B brand experience, Pip was previously at Fairfax Media.
Sarah Bowden is the Small, Medium and Corporate Business Lead for Microsoft New Zealand and is responsible for the overall strategy, sales, marketing and programs for the eco-system of Microsoft’s SMC customer and partners in New Zealand.
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