Education
 Slovakia
Project #23312

Increase Slovak girls participation in technology

by Pontis Foundation
Vetted

Summary

Project is aimed to young girls, aged between 14 and 18 years, who are currently not very motivated for technology and computers science. Project's activities will happen on high schools in whole Slovakia and we can reach more than 2000 Slovak young girls per year. We inspire and encourage young girls to be more interested and consider careers in technology through our outreach programs, workshops, mentorships and other resources.
$5,000.00
total goal
$4,095.00
remaining
6
donors
0
monthly donors
11
months active

Challenge

Information technology and computing has historically been a male-dominated field. We are facing lack of diversity in technical majors in Slovak universities as well as in professional positions. The underrepresentation of girls and women in computing and technology needs to be solved by identifying and correcting underlying issues of perception, misinformation, stereotyping and unconscious biases that exist today. For example, Information Technology field is perceived to be too nerdy or boring.

Solution

To solve the problem, we offer the following programs: - Outreach programs for students, educators and parents - change the perception about women in technology, create inclusive society, educate teachers and parents. - Partnerships with corporations to create networking possibilities and real life experience that can further increase girls 'involvement in the IT field - Workshops - offer hands-on workshops to girls where we teach various technology and computing skills

Long-Term Impact

Currently just 10% of students (and only 15-20% of adults) within Technology and Computing fields in Slovakia are women. Continued success and expanding reach of this initiative over the long term will have a positive impact on the number of women studying technology and computer science, directly resulting in a bigger pool of diverse and highly qualified candidates in one of the most-in-demand professions of the coming decades (Currently Slovakia has shortage of 10,000 candidates).

Resources

http:/​/​www.pontisfoundation.sk
Aj Ty v IT project website

Organization Information

Pontis Foundation

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia - Slovakia
Website: http:/​/​www.pontisfoundation.sk
Project Leader:
Marek Chalány
program coordinator for individual philantropy
Bratislava, Slovakia

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