Taking place on October 15th, the Coder Girl Hack Day event for girls and their families is free and will be hosted by Dogpatch Labs—Ireland’s leading co-working space and home to some of the world’s hottest technology startups—in the CHQ Building on Dublin’s Custom House Quay.

Coder Girl Hack Day is the result of Coder Dojo Girls, Coding Grace, Tog Hackerspace and University of Limerick collaborating with GitLab, Movidius, Intel and Python Software Foundation on a family friendly programme to expand the reach and strengthen the effect of introducing and encouraging girls to learn about and have fun with technology and engineering.

On offer will be fun and creative workshops for girls aged 10 to 17 around the theme of Colour and Magic with learning sessions that include building an interacting laser cut maker creation, designing light up wearable jewelry that incorporates coding, creating a website around a personal style, and discovering how to code-like-the-kids with python.

The event, taking place during EU Code Week and to celebrate International Day of the Girl, is organised to encourage parents and their daughters to explore the STEM related activities on offer from grassroots organisations such as CoderDojo.

Event Co-Founder Niambh Scullion, who heads up CoderDojo Girls at DCU, explains: “Coder Girl Hack Day is a day aimed at girls to showcase how much fun can be had with tech; it’s an introduction to the CoderDojo community.”

As learning in the presence of family members and female role models has been shown to impact how girls see themselves and engage new interests, parents will be empowered to join in the learning process as well.

Coding Grace, led by Vicky Twomey-Lee, will provide a Python workshop for the adults attending the event and as Twomey-Lee phrases it, “parents and teachers will get a chance to be curious in the world of learning Python. Even the adults can have some fun learning to code.”

Uniquely, the Coder Girl Hack Day event pairs grassroots organisations with multinational companies to work together to inspire more girls to try their hands at technology and engineering. For example, this is the third year Intel will be partnering with Tog Hackerspace on a maker workshop. Sarah Sexton, Communications Manager, Intel Ireland, elaborates:

Intel is delighted to be once again involved with this special event to coincide with International Day of the Girl – we strongly believe that in order to shape the future of technology, we must be representative of that future and a big part of that is ensuring that girls have the opportunity to experience technology in a hands on way.

Free lunch and snacks will be provided and there will be a panel featuring summer opportunities for teenage girls, including speakers from Outbox Incubator, Coolest Projects, and Teen-Turn.

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