CA holds I’m a Girl & IT Counts female summer school as part of London Technology Week

CA recently held a summer school event as part of London Technology Week called ‘I’m a Girl & IT Counts’.

house of parliament london - London Technology WeekThe event was hosted by IT Counts & Queen Mary University and saw 50 Year 10 female students from Acton School in London experience a lecture, campus tour, ICT Workshop, lunch, career panel discussion and learnt about what it’s like to study IT.

IT Counts is a social enterprise started by a group of IT Management for Business (ITMB) students in 2014 from Manchester University. The group launched the initiative to inspire students to consider careers in technology.

CA became the first partner of IT Counts in June 2015 in a bid to help the group research and develop education materials, and form a teacher-training programme. The partnership was also formed to host five one-day workshop/summer school for students and a one-day summer school for teachers.

This week’s summer school event is IT Count’s first step in showing other universities how to run their own to engage with local secondary school students.

CA’s own intern Annabel Sunnucks took part in a career panel discussion at the event.

Sarah Atkinson, Vice President, Communications and Exec Sponsor Gender Diversity EMEA, said: “This program is a great example of paying it forward. The ITMB students will be great role models in inspiring the next generation to consider careers in STEM.”

This week marks London Technology Week which sees a variety of city based companies and enterprises working together to shine a light on the IT industry.

London Technology Week kicked off with an exhibition of the best British fashion technology.

Some of the UK’s leading fashion technology designers showcased their work, which included a 3D printed wearable garment designed by Modeclix; the world’s first holographic intelligent mannequin from Headworks; and a behind the scenes look at London Fashion Week using 360 degree video and content curated by creative communications agency Village.