Episode 34 – Raising Tech Girls!…with Girl Geek Academy

“Boys are good with technology. Girls are not”

This is the stigma that our guest for today wants to break. So much that she co-founded a social
enterprise with a mission to inspire one million girls into technology by 2025.
By age five, Sarah Moran has already taught herself how to code. Her skills were so good that
during her teenage years, she was already building websites and digital products. It wasn’t
surprising, then, that Sarah chose a career in technology.

However, it was in the industry she chose where she witnessed first-hand the negative
stereotypes about women and technology and the obstacles that these created for girls who
wanted to pursue their passion in the industry. This was the impetus that convinced Sarah to
act. Together with four other brilliant women, Sarah established Girl Geek Academy in 2014, a
program for girls age five to 95, which aims to educate and empower women to be proficient
and competitive in their use of technology so that they can achieve their dreams.
In my conversation with Sarah, I ask her how we can help our children, especially our girls,
become empowered and effective users of technology.

Key Learnings

Listen to my conversation with Sarah and learn:

  • What Sarah was doing before Girl Geek Academy and what led her to this advocacy
  • What a hackathon is
  • How Sarah and her friends accidentally created the world’s first women’s hackathon
  • The factors that created the gap between women and technology
  • Sarah’s thoughts about what technology is
  • How Sarah and her team also work with boys
  • The story behind the Girl Geeks book series
  • Sarah’s thoughts about screen time
  • How learning technology could actually teach children social skills
  • How Sarah keeps track of her team’s goal of inspiring one million women into technology by 2025

Quote

“If you walk into technology buildings, you often find people paired programming. We talk
about a driver and a navigator. One person is doing the coding and the other person is watching
and observing. So, when we think about hacking being an isolated activity, it actually isn’t.
Those social skills and communication skills around the screen become very, very important in
the industry, so we try to bring them back as early as possible.”

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