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Programming Challenge for Girls (PC4G) Press Release

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Tech girls are chic are proud to support the Programming Challenge for Girls (PC4G)!

When:  Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Time: 10.30am-4pm

Location: On-campus at Mountain Creek State High School, Sunshine Coast


Encouraging girls to consider careers in IT is the aim behind a girls-only activity being held at Mountain Creek State High School (MCSHS). MCSHS is delivering a Programming Challenge For Girls for 70 of their year 9 students. The day-long immersion experience will be held on Thursday 20th June on-campus at MCSHS on the Sunshine Coast.

Programming Challenge for Girls (PC4G) is a workshop designed to introduce programming to Year 9 girls who have never programmed before. By the end of the day, students will have learned the basics of object-oriented programming through a hands-on tutorial and challenge.

Sponsors of the day include Google and Tech Girls are Chic – both organisations keen to support the promotion of a career path in IT for the girls. Cate Huston, Google engineer, will be flying in for the day and will be keynote speaker to the girls. The day is also supported by staff at UQ and QUT, with academic staff and their students keen to travel to the Sunshine Coast school to assist on the day and work with the girls in learning the programming involved, and speaking to them about their own experiences and the possibilities available to the students in the years to come in IT.

For further information, please contact the school directly via:

Graeme Breen
ICT Curriculum Coordinator
Ph: +61 7 5457 8354


Do you java? Then check out my friend’s OSS project

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

I recently read a stat that claimed only 1.5% of open source software developers are female. This figure is shocking, and disappointing. Ok, we don’t have many women working in computing full stop. But the 15-20% figures we usually see to represent women do not match up with this stat on OSS development. Why is this? I have a few hunches but I really want to investigate this more…

In the mean time, check out my friend James’ first open source project for Java that is now available.

I also encourage you to get on board an open source software project. It’s great experience (which is sometimes difficult to get in corporations), and who knows, you might even learn something! 🙂

Happy coding