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Insight's Girls Hack Ireland bringing tech on tour for Wexford teens

For immediate release 

 

For the first time ever, the renowned Girls Hack Ireland is hitting the road.

First stop is Wexford on the 12th of March, and they’re excited to see the talent the south east has to offer.  

 

Girls Hack Ireland, with the support of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, creates innovative, creative and fun events for teenage girls, that are based on science, technology, engineering and maths.  This will be the first of three workshops to be delivered in Wexford this year.

 

Girls Hack Ireland is a programme of events for teenage girls, and its aim is to help address the gender gap that exists in science, technology, engineering and maths careers.  

 

The first Wexford event will take place in the Wexford Chamber on Hill Street on the 12th of March. The event will start at 2pm and finish at 5pm, and teenage girls are welcome to come and try their hands at building and designing their own websites.

 

The event is absolutely free, all equipment will be provided and no previous experience is required.

 

Girls under 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian – and the parents/guardians will have the option of attending a parallel, similarly themed workshop themselves, courtesy of Coding Grace.  It’ll be a supportive, relaxed afternoon of learning for both teens and guardians.

 

Tickets must be booked in advance via the website: www.girlshackireland.org

 

‘We’re very excited to be bringing our workshops to new locations across Ireland – we’re looking forward to meeting new girls and parents, and introducing them to the creative world of technology!’ Dr. Aoibheann Bird, Education and Public Engagement Manager for DCU and UCD (Insight Centre for Data Analytics)

 

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GirlsHackIreland

Twitter: @GirlsHackIRL

 

For more information contact Ruth Blayney of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics - 083 425 5202

 

Notes for the editor:

 

The Insight Centre for Data Analytics is a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded data science research centre. It has nearly 400 researchers based in DCU, UCD, NUIG and UCC. 

 

Girls Hack Ireland has held a number of events in Dublin over the past year, including a flagship event last March, which saw 100 girls and 50 mentors come together as part of a day long ‘hackathon’ in the DCU Student’s Union.  

 

This year, with support from the SFI Discover grant, Girls Hack Ireland is extending their programme of events to regions that have not traditionally received as much outreach support.  In addition, with support from Coding Grace, the programme will be delivering tech based workshops to parents, who have a strong influence on the career path their daughters may take (Accenture report, Powering economic growth; Attracting more young women into science and technology).  

 

To learn more, visit www.girlshackireland.org or call us on 01 700 7938.

 

Type: 
Press Release
Publication Date: 
Monday, 22 February, 2016