ShadowTech initiative invites 150 secondary school girls from New Zealand to experience ICTs in the workplace for one day
NZTech, the Wellington Institute of Technology and Whitireia Community Politechnic launched ShadowTech 2018, a program in collaboration with 35 New Zealand companies to host 150 secondary school girls for one day to gain experience in diverse ICT applications. The initiative was designed to encourage girls to study careers related to ICTs based on role models from tech companies.
The ShadowTech day started at Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Creativity, with workshops and presentations related to digital design and creative technologies. The rest of the day, participants were invited to different companies to experience ICT jobs for the rest of the afternoon. Organizations participating were specialized in areas including robotics, software development, project management, web development, business analytics, national grid, data analytics and network engineering, among other gields.
According to Edwina Mistry, ShadowTech’s Executive Director, “It’s fantastic to see Wellington companies supporting this great event which will see 150 secondary school girls have the opportunity to experience the real world of ICT for a day. One of the key goals of ShadowTech is to encourage and inspire girls to pursue study and careers in IT, by letting them experience the various careers in technology.”