Hong Kong’s third GirlSpark event introduces more women to ICT careers
Back in the beginning of January, Hong Kong’s women had the opportunity to attend the GirlSpark Camp 2016. The free 4-day event hosted by Microsoft along with The Women’s Foundation and Ivey Business School offered workshops and networking opportunities in ICTs to university women from various fields.
This was the third consecutive year that witnessed GirlSpark open the doors to female students from several universities, introducing them to the array of careers that ICT industry has to offer and potentially inspiring future female leaders. Along with the presentations on ICT industry trends, real life case studies and meetings with industry leaders, the participant firms offered over 20 internships that may develop into full time jobs.
The event falls under SparkHK, an initiative by Microsoft to foster Hong Kong’s growth and boost competitiveness through innovation. The initiative recognizes the paramount input that youth has to offer and aims to develop young people’s leadership skills as well as introduce them to the ICT industry. Moreover, GirlSpark is corroborating the necessity of women in the workforce and encouraging them to pursue careers in the field and be empowered by the growth potential that the industry has to offer.
“Over 40 percent of GirlSpark alumni who attained a job after graduation joined the ICT industry. However, there is still a lot of work to be done in solving gender diversity and talent shortage issues in ICT” Horace Chow, General Manager of Microsoft Hong Kong (Entreprise Innovation)