Microsoft Canada to host DigiGirlz - Day of Technology for Girls in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BC, May 13, 2015 - Microsoft Canada and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) will host approximately 60 girls between the ages of 13 and 18 from across the Lower Mainland for a day-long skills development and mentorship conference in Vancouver.  These future innovators and leaders will be joined by Microsoft Canada Director Barb Berg, BCIT Program Head of Computer Information Technology Dr. Bethany Edmunds, Xbox Senior Product Manager Nicole Fawcette, and hear from internationally recognized YouthSpark Ambassador Genevieve L’Esperance, who has spoken at the United Nations on female representation in computer science.

What:

DigiGirlz is part of Microsoft YouthSpark, a global commitment to empowering young people with opportunities for acquiring the training and tools they need to succeed in employment and entrepreneurship in our increasingly digital economy. 

 The day will include a panel discussion on careers in technology with women from Microsoft, BCIT and SAP, breakout sessions on how to build an application, and an introduction to coding and Xbox.  

 Who:

  • Barb Berg, Director of Public Sector for Western Canada, Microsoft Canada
  • Dr. Bethany Edmunds, Program Head of Computer Information Technology, BCIT
  • Nicole Fawcette, Senior Product Marketing Manager Xbox, Microsoft

When:

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 (8:30am – 4:30pm)

*Photo & Interview opportunities from 11:30AM to 1:30PM*

Where:

BCIT Downtown Campus

8th Floor Atrium

555 Seymour Street.

Vancouver, BC

V6B 3H6

 

Technology holds tremendous opportunity for people around the world to do more and achieve more in their lives. However, young people are facing an opportunity divide – a gap between those who have access to the opportunities they need to succeed and those who do not. 

 Women, in particular, are dramatically underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Seven in 10 girls are interested in STEM, but only two in 10 will pursue a career in a STEM field.

 

Microsoft and BCIT want to help change that by inspiring female youth to pursue their interest in STEM.  That’s what Wednesday is all about.

 

About Microsoft Canada

Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ "MSFT") the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both English and French. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people and organizations do more and achieve more - any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit www.microsoft.ca.

 

About BCIT

The British Columbia Institute of Technology is celebrating 50 years of applied education, and has been integral to building the economic, social, and environmental prosperity of British Columbia since 1964, producing more than 155,000 career-ready graduates over that time. BCIT offers degrees, diplomas, and certificates in a variety of polytechnic studies, educating 48,000 full and part-time students annually. For more information on BCIT, please visit www.bcit.ca.