#OMGGirlsinTech leaves us all inspired

Getting girls in the tech industry is something we care passionately about here at Clicky. We are lucky enough to have a 50/50 gender balance and a 100% female SMT team. Unfortunately though, this is not the same across the tech industry, and some estimates say that unless something is done soon women could account for as little as 1% of the tech industry by 2040.
Research shows that just 17% of UK Computer Science GCSE passes are from females, and despite some amazing female leaders in the tech industry our nation’s girls are just not embarking on careers in the tech industry.
To try and make a difference we decided to get in touch with Liverpool Girl Geeks and our friends at UKFast to see what we could do to both raise awareness and try to inspire a large group of young females in the process – OMG Girls in Tech was born…
The venue was UKFast’s amazing offices in Manchester and the entire event was completely free to attend.
The day started with an opening address from UK Fast’s inspirational Director of People Development Arlene Bulfin who set the scene for the event and welcomed our guests.

We then had a quick presentation from myself and Sam Gadsby (MD at Clicky) to talk a little more about the challenge the tech industry faces, and a little more about our culture at Clicky.

We then provided access to a range of inspiring workshops which were delivered by a group of Clicky employees, UKFast staff as well as the inspiring founder of Liverpool Girl Geeks. The workshops focused on Confidence Building, Coding, Design, Virtual Reality, Digital Advertising and loads more.

After each workshop was completed our guests all met for lunch & refreshments at UKFast’s breakout area before heading back to the auditorium for a truly inspirational talk by Kate Willard (Head of Corporate Projects at Stobart Group). Kate delivered 5 amazing tips to help girls succeed in their careers.

After Kate’s talk the group assembled for their second workshop of the day before heading back to the auditorium for a panel discussion with Kate Willard (Stobart Group), Chelsea Slater (Co-founder of Liverpool Girl Geeks), Rebecca Taylor (Mums in Technology) and myself about how we solve the stigma issues associated to tech roles and some helpful tips.

Once the panel discussion had ended a large group of workshop leaders and speakers at the event headed to the breakout area again for a speed-networking session where our guests could pose some probing questions to each of us!

The event came to a close at around 5pm and we all managed to squeeze in a celebratory drink at the UKFast bar before we headed home for a well-earned weekend.
The event wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing support of UKFast, Liverpool Girl Geeks and our amazing girls who held our workshops and talks. We are all really inspired by the incredible feedback we’ve received. This is most certainly not our last OMG Girls in Tech event so #watchthisspace
Follow: @OMG_GirlsinTech for updates on future events.
For further information about Clicky Media or to arrange an interview, please contact Lottie at The Source Partnership on: 01829 720 789 or email: lottie@thesourcepartnership.com
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Written by Oli Yeates


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