• Paul Fingleton

Insight's Girls Hack Ireland goes on the road around Ireland

Girls Hack Ireland will be going on the road, in order to broaden its reach in the effort to encourage more girls into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths careers.

Wexford is the first port of call on 12. March, followed by Roscommon and Longford on 19. March.

Now in its second year of operation, Girls Hack Ireland, with the support of the Insight Centre for Data Analytics, creates innovative, creative and fun events for teenage girls, that are based on science, technology, engineering and maths

Girls Hack Ireland has held a number of events in Dublin over the past year, including a flagship event last March, which saw 100 girls and 50 mentors come together as part of a day long ‘hackathon’ in the DCU Student’s Union.

This year, with support from the SFI Discover grant, Girls Hack Ireland is extending their programme of events to regions that have not traditionally received as much outreach support.

Hackathon Hero - one among many that attended events in the last two years

‘We’re very excited to be bringing our workshops to new locations across Ireland – we’re looking forward to meeting new girls and parents, and introducing them to the creative world of technology!’ Dr. Aoibheann Bird, Education and Public Engagement Manager for DCU and UCD (Insight Centre for Data Analytics)

The events are absolutely free, all equipment will be provided and no previous experience is required.

Girls under 16 will need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian – and the parents/guardians will have the option of attending a parallel, similarly themed workshop themselves, courtesy of Coding Grace. It’ll be a supportive, relaxed afternoon of learning for both teens and guardians.

Tickets must be booked in advance via the website: www.girlshackireland.org