GirlCON event launched to promote tech careers to young girls

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Dozens of Central Ohio girls are preparing to attend a first of its kind event, designed to introduce them to less-thought-about technology fields. The GirlCON event will offer hands-on robotic projects and gaming experiences, among other technology-based friendships and experiences.

"Research has proven that girls at a very early age decide what they want to do. The age of girls attending this event tends to be the age range where girls decide that technology is not for them," said President of Columbus GetWITIt Organization Andrea Allender. "One of the things we hope to do is we want to help these girls see the technology careers surrounding the other jobs they may think they want to pursue."

Women in Tech leaders said they see 92% of nurses are women while only 20% of computer programmers are women. Organizers say they have talked with 7th through 10th-grade girls locally and they often hear from those girls that they are the only girl in a computer science course if they sign up for it. Allender said the time has come for women to stop feeling underrepresented in the computing world.

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Allender said many women working in tech within Columbus are coming together for GirlCON. The active conference will also offer speakers who plan to explain to grade school-aged girls many details about technology careers, including the earning potential for women and the flexibility and working options within the industry that is unique.

The Columbus Chapter of getWITit.org will launch the debut conference. It hosted a pilot event in 2018.

Allender said the GirlCON event will be in a comfortable environment for girls and is meant to help build a sense of community. Some of the hands-on labs will include work with robotics, Rasberry Pi, 3-D printing and gaming VR.

To learn more about the June 12 event at the Fawcett Center on The Ohio State University campus contact Andrea.Allender@getwitit.org.