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Bridging the gender gap at Camp SEEK

22 Aug 2016

Born out of a Hackathon idea last year, we successfully ran our first ever ‘Camp SEEK’ school holiday program aimed at high school girls in 2015. And we’re doing it again this year!

What is Camp SEEK?

Camp SEEK aims to bridge the gender gap by introducing Year 9 and 10 girls to the creative and fascinating world of technology, and to encourage them to consider a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) career. The Camp is all about encouraging diversity in the tech industry.

The program provides an environment for girls to explore and enjoy technology; to understand that it is an interesting and viable career path for females; and to build relationships with mentors within the industry to help them reach their career goals.

Why is SEEK involved?

Trending data shows the number of females coming through graduate programs into technology is low and getting lower. To address this and encourage a strong and diverse technology workforce, Camp SEEK has been created to encourage females to consider technology careers and to ideally build a pipeline of talent. By creating a pipeline of females into the tech industry, we want to have a positive impact on society and creating a community where everyone feels valued.

What is the program?

Day 1 & 2 will be focused on getting the students up to speed on different aspects of working in technology with sessions introducing them to agile, product management, UX, analytics and coding.  These new skills will then be put into practice on days 3 & 4 with a Create-a-thon where teams will look to find a solution to a real world problem using the power of technology.

Students trialing a virtual reality solution at last year’s Camp SEEK

Want to be part of Camp SEEK?

Applications are now open! If you are interested, or have friends or family who might be interested, we’d love you to submit an application. Please note, there are limited places and students will be chosen based on their applications.

Applicants need to:

  • be female and in Years 9 & 10 at school (that’s students usually aged between 14–16 years)
  • understand basic scripting / coding (or be happy to complete a quick online course)
  • have either chosen STEM subjects for their final school years or be in a position to do so
  • be available in Melbourne between 26 to 29 September 2016 (that’s the second week of school holidays).

How to apply

Applications are now closed.

Emma Whalan, HR Manager