Participants from 7 countries gathered from 20th-24th November 2015 for Girls in Tech Luxembourg’s 4-day Erasmus+ Youth in Action project ‘Girls code their own future’. This project was held as an extension of the recent EU code week 2015 and was supported by the European Commission Erasmus+ program. The participants from Moldova, Croatia, Slovenia, Georgia, Spain, Italy and Luxembourg took part in a varied schedule of activities to exchange ideas around the subject of girls’ involvement in technology.
The project started with the inauguration of the new BeeCreative makerspace at Forum Geesseknäppchen with Education Minister, Claude Meisch, followed by demonstrations and collaborative workshops.
There was a chance to explore the relationship between art and technology at the inspiring Eppur si muove exhibition at the MUDAM, and a visit to the Technoport for the final pitches of StartUp Weekend Luxembourg – Smart Cities
Coding and Entrepreneurship workshops provided opportunities for learning and discussion. Participants shared their own experiences, exchanged views with their peers from other countries, and discussed ideas generated by the events of the program. The project concluded with a visit to Microsoft Luxembourg for a demonstration of educational tools.
Iva, a participant from Croatia, said, “The Girls in Tech project showed the importance of knowledge sharing, networking and the dissemination of best practices around Europe. This was an excellent opportunity to talk to people about what they’re doing, what’s happening, and what’s causing problems in IT. The activities were very well organised, participants enjoyed their time, and first ideas for projects were started – it is a pleasure to be part of it.”