TECH GIRLS MOVEMENT GAINS MOMENTUM,
GIVES KICKSTARTER A KICKSTART DOWN UNDER!
The world-famous crowd-funding site, Kickstarter, is now available in Australia and to celebrate its launch, The “Tech Girls Are Superheroes” movement- a non-profit that’s challenging the geek-boy stereotype in IT - has become one of the first local organisations to jump on board.
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Girls are prolific users of technology today, yet the information & ccommunication technology industry around the world is still dominated by males… and the problem is only getting worse. The Tech Girls’ founder, Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen, believes that this state of under-representation should not be normalized and it should not be accepted as just the way things are. Research shows that mixed teams make better decisions.
WE NEED MORE DIVERSITY IN TECHNOLOGY!
Dr. Beekhuyzen explains, “The Tech Girls Movement is entering into its sixth year, and we’ve had a fantastic response so far, but through our Kickstarter campaign, we hope to leverage the support of our community, and make it bigger than ever!”
“The little pink book again will be self-published, and more than 20,000 free copies have been distributed to Australian school girls. With this Kickstarter campaign, I’m hoping to raise funds to reach even more girls this time around, plus we’re going digital, adding apps, games, and an eBook, which will complement in-school events and a whole lot more!”
Tech Girls will be among the very first to put the Australian spirit of community support behind a great youth initiative using this amazing technology – Let’s kick off!
“The goal is to raise $5,000… But we’ll take more if we can get it!” We only get the funds if the goal is reached.
Tech girls – a brief history
Dr. Beekhuyzen launched the ‘Tech Girls are Chic!’ (pink) book back in 2008. The book profiled 16 women who had created successful careers in technology, and managed to do it while remaining chic and feminine. The book showed young girls that there are many types of IT jobs with endless opportunities to succeed.