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C/I at Cisco’s Girls Power Tech Day

May 30, 2017 by

Every year, Cisco supports Girls in ICT Day, a day to encourage girls to enter the fields of Information and communication technology.  Girls in ICT Day is an international event organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).  As part of Cisco’s Girls Power Tech initiative, employees at Cisco offices worldwide spend a day with girls age 13 to 18, and encourage them to consider education and career paths in STEM.

Code/Interactive was able to bring girls from our partner schools KIPP Austin Collegiate and Austin Achieve to join girls from all over Austin at Cisco for our local Girls Power Tech Day.  The girls were given a tour of the facilities and were able to engage with some of the tech that Cisco develops.

 

Our local Hello World Tech Studio offered a short class on HTML & CSS for the students to explore some coding hands on.

Afterward, Alicia Andrew of Game Worlds Camp  spoke with the girls about coding, the gaming world and the opportunities available within.

 

At a diverse panel discussion students were able to learn about the wide range of opportunities at Cisco, as well various paths and interests that lead to those opportunities.  Afterwards, the girls were able to engage one on one with mentors during “Speed Mentoring, with Cisco employees from a wide range careers from within the company.

Each girl was able to connect with at least five Cisco employees for several minutes and learn about a variety of career paths and have some one on one time with a mentor. The girls were more comfortable asking the mentors questions than in a group setting and loved the opportunity.

 

It was a very powerful day for many of the girls who had not been exposed to such a vast array of professional opportunities before.  Our deepest thanks for all the Cisco employees that helped organize and volunteered their time to create a space in the community to foster girls desire and belief that they too belong in tech.

 

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