Female students from fourteen schools attended the very first #GirlTechLCR event, helping them find out more about careers in digital and tech in their region.

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FOCUS: Give Key Stage 3 students an opportunity to meet female role models in digital and tech to help break down gender stereotypes in the region's fastest growing industry.

160 students from schools in Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield and Calderdale were invited to #GirlTechLCR - the very first 'tech for girls' event in the region aimed at better educating young women about career paths in digital.

The event, hosted by Leeds-based telecommunications giant aql, started with a guest speech from aql's Chief Operations Officer, Sarah Tulip, followed by a guest panel of female role models from Sky, Skipton Building Society, Zerado, Arris and Premier Farnell.

Students then moved to an exhibition hall brimming with local tech talent and took part in a selection of interactive workshops hosted by Jet2.com, O2, Siemens, Epiphany, Advancery, WYG, Bradford University, Lhasa and Zeal. Themes included fintech, cyber security, UX, development, web design, big data and virtualisation.


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  • 92% of the students that took part said they are now considering a career in digital or tech
  • 95% of the students that took part said they felt more ready for the world of work
  • 100% schools that took part said they felt the event raised the students' aspirations
  • 93% of business volunteers felt a deeper sense of job satisfaction after taking part
  • An audience of over 300,000 Twitter users found out about #GirlTechLCR online 


"The students loved it! Most of them have now said they want to become engineers. I truly believe this has been one of the best events our pupils have taken part in. They came back inspired and a lot of them said they were not aware of all the possible career options before. What a great outcome!"

Dr Elisabeth Protopapa, STEM Manager, Carr Manor Community School

"Fabulous team, really engaged; clearly trying (and succeeding) to make a difference! A fantastic day in Leeds with some exceptional ladies, inspiring a new generation of young women in tech at #girltechlcr."

Imogen Bunyard, Co-founder, Zerado


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