This one-day event, held at multiple Microsoft locations worldwide, is designed to provide high school girls with a better understanding of what a career in technology is all about.
Three TechGirls went to this event—two from 2013 and one from 2014. Here’s what they had to say about it.
Malak (2013–on the left) says:
“Although school has been really stressful for me this year, finding time for my passions: computer science and technology in general is mandatory! Recently, two TechGirls alumni and myself had an amazing unplanned meeting/reunion at Microsoft’s DigiGirlz, which is similar in design to TechGirls, the unforgettable exchange program that Nada (2013), Maha (2014), and myself previously attended.
Microsoft Cairo hosted this event for high school girls in order to help us learn more about science and digital life. After my experience job-shadowing at Microsoft with TechGirls, my interest in Microsoft has been growing and growing. This event was divided into many sessions—it started with a speech by the director of Microsoft Advanced Labs in Cairo, and then many inspiring women in the field of technology told us about how wide the field is, and how it expands into many aspects beyond computer science. We then had mini-workshops in which we learned the basics of Java script and robotics. Afterwards, there was a talk about digital marketing and how effective it is—it can influence us unconsciously.
This was a great opportunity to get to know other girls my age with similar interests, learn new things, and have a more detailed idea of the life of women in tech, especially here in Egypt. The fact that I met Maha and Nada, the other TechGirls there, only made it better!”
Maha (2014–on the right) says:
“It was great to have the chance to go to Microsoft in Cairo, as I didn’t have the chance to visit it in the USA. I have a huge passion for technology and learning, so this was great to meet new people and old ones who feel the same. I also not only made a robot for the first time, but also was on one of the winning teams. I was very inspired by the people there and had a lot of fun. The event provided us with career planning assistance, information about technology and business roles, thought-provoking exercises, and interesting Microsoft demonstrations. We also got exposure to careers in tech and an inside look at what it’s like to work at Microsoft.“
We’re grateful that companies like Microsoft are putting on events like this, so complimentary and parallel to what TechGirls does, but happening locally! Go Microsoft! Go DigiGirlz!