Female students from six schools attended the second #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.

On 6 February 2018, 75 students from schools in Leeds, Bradford 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 hosted by technology enabled language services provider thebigword and telecoms operator aql, started with a guest speech from aql's Chief Operations Officer, Sarah Tulip, followed by a guest panel of female role models from thebigword, Sky, Ideas That Work, NHS Digital and Emerald Publishing

Students then moved to an exhibition hall brimming with local tech talent and took part in a selection of interactive workshops hosted by thebigword, Siemens, BJSS, Sky, NHS Digital, Smoothwall, Ten10 and the Co-operative Group. The workshops covered a range of sectors in digital such as ecommerce, fintech, new technologies and healthcare, and were designed to show the students first-hand what a career in digital involves. The next #GirlTechLCR event will be held in April 2018.


  • 95% increase in the number of students that are considering a career in digital or tech after the event
  • 98% of the students that took part said they felt more ready for the world of work
  • 100% of the students improved their understanding of the types of careers available
  • An audience of over 500,000 Twitter users found out about #GirlTechLCR online 


"I am pleased to see the significant increase in the number of students considering a career in digital. Hopefully we will one day see applicants who came to this event and were inspired to study technology subjects. I am delighted to support this project and I look forward to our next event in April.”

Mark Clayton, CTO, thebigword

“It was great to see so many young girls excited about a career in tech. The North has huge potential to become a digital innovation hub, but we need a representative workforce to get to that next level – to make sure we’re hearing from all groups and voices in shaping that innovation. Events like this play an important role in showing girls the opportunities available to them, and that tech isn’t just a boys’ club any more – there are women doing amazing things in tech, and this next generation can kick that into overdrive.”

Sarah Tulip, COO, aql


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