The Eden Project hosted a Microsoft DigiGirlz event, in partnership with Microsoft. The event was 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.
The students heard from motivational speakers, such as 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.
The young women interacted with Microsoft employees and managers to gain exposure to careers in business and technology. They also got an inside look at what it's like to work at Microsoft. The event challenged girls from 10 different Cornish schools to create a pitch for a new game or app. All the teams chose to theme their pitches around encouraging people to go outside and interact with nature. At the end of the day they pitched their ideas to a panel of judges and a winner was announced.
Ms Drybrough, Head of Computer Science at Bodmin College, said: "I'm incredibly proud of this bunch of girls; they've done a fantastic job today. Their team work was phenomenal and the outcome was great. I think their app is fantastic and it could take off."
Grace Williams, who was part of the winning team, said: "I think we worked really well as a team and it was cool to be able to think of your own app. I also think it was quite cool to meet some of the people from Microsoft."