Did you know women represent less than 30% of the workforce in global technology companies? Yet, studies have shown that teams with equal numbers of men and women are more likely to experiment, share knowledge & be creative. Adobe wants to create an environment, which supports the growth and development of global women leaders. It recognises the need to invest in education, training and mentorship of future generations – supporting the transition from school to technology careers.
On Friday, 10th November 2017, a group of Year 9 and Year 10 girls attended the Adobe Girls in Tech Summit, which took place at the new Adobe offices in Shoreditch, London. At this stage, before choosing A-Levels, this was a fantastic opportunity for 14-16 year old girls to see what it might be like to work for an international tech company and hear more about the power of technology.
During the Girls in tech summit, our girls had the amazing opportunity to explore the world of Adobe and explore their creative and friendly offices spaces. Their day started with an insightful and humourous talk on the topic of “10 tips for staying sane online” by Emma Gannon, author of Ctrl Alt Delete. Following the talk, they embarked on tours of the office, presentations and interactive exercises including a group based competition working with girls from another school to capture their day at the Adobe offices using Adobe Spark software by capturing images and video footage which they then had to chance to edit as a whole presentation to be shown at the end for Garrett Ilg, Adobe President of Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) to judge. Two of our girls were part of the winning team.
Ms Rao, Head of ICT and Computing, Creative iMedia said, “This was an all inspiring event – the feedback received from our girls was really encouraging, some had no idea that there are so many opportunities for girls to work in the tech world.”
Year 9 pupil Tajala Ali was one of many pupils enthused about the Girls in Tech summit, stating, ”
The Girls in Tech event at Adobe was an absolutely marvellous experience. They taught us not only new, interesting things and this event is likely to take me on a new [career] path [I hadn’t considered]. All the speeches throughout the day were so informative and important to our future careers – They were not only motivational but also inspirational! What was even cooler was that we actually got a chance to really use software made by Adobe. We got to make our own Adobe Spark presentation with the judge being the Company’s Head HIMSELF!! At first it was a little nerve-racking but once we let ourselves go and had fun with every picture shot we took- We ended up with a brilliant result which paid off to see Yellow Team (My group) win! TEAM YELLOW ALL THE WAY!
Overall, I have gained such fondness of the main objective of the event “Girls in Tech”. Thank you!”
Skinners’ Academy hopes to offer more opportunities to connect girls with employers in industries in which women are underrepresented.