“There will be some amazing property happening in the future, and your generation is the one that will help shape it.” These were Microsoft UK CEO Cindy Rose’s opening words as she self-addressed an area of Year 8 and 9 girls at Microsoft’s DigiGirlz event on Tuesday.
DigiGirlz is a Microsoft event which schools can apply to, which falls under its #MakeWhatsNext initiative, which aims to inspire more young girls to consider careers in science, technical schoolnology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Held at Microsoft Research Cambridge, the event saw 65 girls from seven UK schools join Rose and other Microsoft representatives for a day dedicated to ennobling girls and young women to follow their passion for technical schoolnology.
The technical school industry as a whole is made up of around only 17% women, and this imbalance is besides seen in technical school careers that exist in companies outside of the industry. With Microsoft’s own research besides showing that girls tend to disengage from science, technical schoolnology engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects around the age of 11, Rose’s message comes at a crucial time.
Describing how the fourth industrial revolution is not yet afoot with the advent of Big information, the cloud, IoT and AI, Rose stressed the need for digitally accomplished workers in the future, and how jobs and careers in technical schoolnology were for more than people just interested in mathematics or science:
“I ne'er thought I’d be running a technical school business, and yet here I am,” Rose – who started her career as a attorney – told the audience. “I can’t imagine doing thing more creative, and I want to stress that the technical school field is for everyone. We need energetic, creative people from different backgrounds.”
In addition to various negotiation, including one on innovation by Microsoft research worker Haiyan Zhang (who designed a watch to help one woman with Parkinson’s,) attendees besides spent their day split into groups, designing accessibility-focused products, exploitation Micro:bit boards.
The girls bestowed their ideas to panel of Judges which enclosed Rose, Zhang, and Richard Potter, CTO Microsoft employment, who evaluated the projects based on a combination of their presentations, their social impact, and ingenuity. One girl declared that she “…enjoyed meeting people who have changed other people’s lives for the better,” piece some other shared that her group’s project “…inspired me to see that women – not just men – can accomplish property.”
From cameras that could read for you, to wearable sensors that vibrated when your bell rang, the ideas bestowed showed an encouraging glimpse into the passion of today’s children for exploitation technical schoolnology to improve the world. Among the category winners was an idea for a talking microwave with a constitutional chatbot, an app which reads food labels to help people with learning disorder, and some other app which translates sign language into text.
“There are some really budding technical schoolnologists here, and I was really affected with the quality of cooperation and collaboration,” Rose shared as the day Drew to a close. “I want to open your opinion to the fact that this is a very creative career choice, and we need more women in this space. You get to do property that change the world, and it’s very ennobling.”