Working with Women in Industry to inspire girls into CS/IT/STEM Careers

There are times in your life when you meet somebody who changes your life.

Silvia Spiva @silviakspiva who put me in touch with so many useful people!

She found me additional female mentors in industry and connected us with amazing opportunities with Cisco. She showed me to power of Twitter and how I could use it to enhance my teaching and learning plus use it effectively to raise moment to help us take 5 students from the UK to Silicon Valley in May 2013.

I am nominating her for Individual Tweeter category in the Edublog Awards 2013 – we couldn’t have achieved any of this without our initial connection and continual support.

TechGirlsUK - Technovation Challenge

tech logoIn December last year, I read a post on
Computing at School ‘Girls in Computing’ thread about a competition
called Technovation Challenge.

I researched the competition and
decided to enter a team of 5 girls from school. I have always been an advocate for  encouraging girls into male dominated industries and this seemed a great challenge for them to be involved in. We worked through the first few tasks without the required female mentor in industry, just because we could not find one. They liked the idea, but were struggling.

On the 11th February 2013, I had a follow request on Twitter from Silvia from Cisco California and I cheekily asked her what she did at Cisco. She replied that she was on the services team and linked me to her blog; I followed up with a request to be our mentor. She asked for further details and…

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