Update: Please head over to http://rolemodelsareimportant.com to see the project.
I was speaking to Giselle Rosman and Rebecca Fernandez about what we can do to encourage more girls to choose to study and work with technology. The research all shows that girls do not have role models. So what can we do about this?
We are going to create a short video featuring photos of women from all over the world who work with technology.
Please send in a landscape photo of yourself (see below), holding a piece of paper with your name and what you do on it. These photos will be collected and a video will be created that will be showcased at the Go Girl event June 18-19. The video will also be shared on a mini-site and through YouTube.
Please send all photos to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 14 (5pm Melbourne time). I need to send over the final video to the Go Girl team by midnight June 14.
♥ Thanks to Anna Tito (Programmer & Game Designer) for being the first to send in a photo!
♥ Wondering what kind of roles we are looking to showcase? The girls that are attending Go Girl are in years 8-11 and most do not know what careers are available. Did what you do exist when you were in year 8? I make HTML5 mobile apps for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.. that sure didn’t exist when I was in year 8. Let’s showcase a range of different careers…any roles where students could study a course or degree in technology and it would benefit them. It can be something you do for money, or something you do for fun or as part of your volunteering. If having knowledge of technology helps you in what you do – then please send in your photo!
♥ We will also have a list of women who are involved on the mini-site, and a link to their Twitter profile. This will enable girls to find out more about our role models.
♥ I’ve collected 25 photos of role models so far. Thanks to everyone getting involved! It would be great to get 100! I’m going to keep collecting pics till June 14, and will share the finished video on June 17.
♥ If you went to high school in Australia, but you are now working overseas – please send in your pic! The students who attend Go Girl are interested in finding out about different career paths… and it will be great to include your photo in this project!
♥ I’ve had a lot of requests from people who aren’t from Australia that want to get involved, especially from women who have lived all over the world. I’m opening this up to all women who work with tech! Please send in your photo by June 14.