Girls in Tech has proudly opened a chapter in Gibraltar at the beginning of this year. We plan on kicking off with a couple of get-to-know-us Tech Talks and a main launch event. The end of the year will find us delivering a big event with aspirations of having positive social consequences with more details to follow as we get closer.
… but let’s start with the very beginning!
Welcome to Girls in Tech!
If you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably looking to find out more information about us, so we’ve put together a list with some of the most frequently asked questions we got asked so far. Here we go!
- What is Girls in Tech?
Girls in Tech (GIT) is a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. Adriana Gascoigne founded GIT in 2007 to create a support framework to help women advance their careers in STEM fields. Today, GIT aims to accelerate the growth of innovative women entering into the high-tech industry and building startups. We achieve this through the creation of proprietary, innovative programming and strategic global partnerships. With headquarters in San Francisco and more than 50,000 members located around the globe, GIT relies on volunteer efforts to lead each of the 60 local chapters. Programming and events vary by chapter based on local interests and needs.
GIT is not just for professional women. We exist for anyone with an interest in technology, startups and providing women with a platform for growth. But we operate with the spirit of the girl within all of us—fearless, lively and determined.
2. What are the GIT’s core values?
The easy to remember 3 E’s:
- empowerment – increasing the technical and entrepreneurial capacity to inspire women to innovate, share wisdom, and have a voice within the industry
- engagement – utilizing the power of technology to bring women together to shape their future and democratize the world
- education – facilitating learning and skillbuilding through advanced curriculum and programming within the STEM fields
3. … so Girls in Tech means no men are allowed?
Uhmmm, well no, Girls in Tech does not mean that men are not allowed, but if only we had a penny for how often we got asked this question …
Girls in Tech’s aims are to empower, engage, educate and to inspire women to join and have a good voice within the industry. Everyone with a good input in helping us achieve any of these is more than welcomed to join. With that being said, another statement is also important: we are not an organization to antagonize men in the industry. Now that we got that out of the way, here’s another question we get asked a lot:
4. Can I join?
Girls in Tech relies on volunteers to deliver its mission, so, if you are passionate about Tech, if what you read/ hear about us and our mission is something that resonates with your ideals, goals and thoughts, get in touch with us.
5. What if I don’t come from a Tech background?
If you’re looking to become a volunteer, you need to know that our current volunteers have various backgrounds and they are not all technology related. Some are finance, some are marketing, some are project managers, some are focused on events. What brings us all together is understanding the role of technology in our day to day life and a passion to inspire women that Tech is not a gender specific industry.
If you’re only interested if this organization can deliver anything for you as a non-Tech person, join one of our events. We will have speakers from the industry with valuable insights about how it echoes in our every day life: from playing a game, paying by card, pushing a button in an elevator, using a GPS and so on.
Watch this space! We’ll add more info as we go, but, if you are looking for any detail from us, feel free to get in touch.
Girls in Tech Gibraltar