I was fortunate enough to be invited by Catherine to be part of the first Australian DigiGirlz event, held at the Microsoft Office in Sydney, on 24th March.
DigiGirlz events have been held in multiple locations worldwide and a specifically designed to provide high school girls with a better understanding of what a career in technology is all about.
The morning started with 120 girls arriving at the office and opening their gift bag containing a few items including a copy of Tech girls as chic! (not just geek!) and a Bingo card that was a great ice breaker for the girls to talk to not only Microsoft staff but students and teachers from other schools.
I ran the Photosynth/Deep Zoom lab for the day. The girls really just “got it” straight away and seemed quite content browsing through the synths available online. A few who had cameras and cables managed to make their own synths and the rest were able to make synths from sets of photos provided to them. If you’ve ever been involved in one of these days you’ll know it’s VERY busy but I did manage to grab a few pics at the beginning and the end.
The girls made use of the wall…
Finally sitting down for the opening.
Each of the girls received a developer shirt.
One of the XBox360 winners