by Donald Lam | September 6, 2014
– Two-thirds of all engineering jobs in the United States today are filled by men
– Women account for just 6 per cent of chief executives in the top 100 US tech companies
– Women contribute to just 1.2 percent of open source software and 5 percent of patents.
– Only 3 percent of tech startups are formed by women (Kauffman Foundation).
Over the years, the trend has always been that a significantly larger male population holds engineering or technology related university degrees.
So when a couple of HKU engineering students sit together to discuss what we can do to encourage more girls to discover their love for technology, we came up with the idea of an event for secondary school girls. We want them to realize their potential and inspire them to dream about changing the world with technology.
We have been lucky to have the support of the HKU Faculty of Engineering and our sponsor Microsoft. Through a cyberport event, we have also found an organising partner, First Code Academy, a school that pioneers kid’s coding in Hong Kong.
Event Time: 13 September 2014, 10:00 – 17:30
Event Venue: The University of Hong Kong Centennial Campus LG 07-08
And we are calling for volunteers at http://girls4tech.wordpress.com/#volunteer
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The HKU Journal of Technology has always been more than just a student blog. From now on, think of us as an incubator of all activities related to tech at HKU. Girls4Tech and The Future of Technology Conference we had last year are just the beginning. If you have a good idea, you should drop us a message.
A second year student in Computer Science at HKU. He owns a Nokia phone and is a bit of a Microsoft fanboy in denial.
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