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Minister Jodi McKay MP keynoted a recent Females in Telecommunications & Technology luncheon to celebrate International Women’s Day. During the event, she highlighted one of the biggest challenges facing Women in Technology: One in five Australians studying to work in ICT was female, and the number is currently in decline.

On the 24th of March, Microsoft Sydney office will be starting the first in a series of events to combat this issue, hosting Girls from Years 9-11 from High Schools all over Sydney for the first Australian DigiGirlz day.

Microsoft is proud to offer technology programs that target youth, with DigiGirlz events held at multiple Microsoft locations worldwide. These events are designed specifically to provide high school girls with a better understanding of what a career in technology is all about.

During the event, students interact with Microsoft employees and managers as well as staff from universities that invest in technological areas of study to gain exposure to careers in business and technology and to get an inside look at what it's like to work at Microsoft. This exciting event provides girls with career planning assistance, information about technology and business roles, thought-provoking exercises, and interesting Microsoft product demonstrations. By participating in the Microsoft DigiGirlz Day, young women can find out about the variety of opportunities available in the high-tech industry and can explore future career paths.

This will be supplemented by round table areas that give students the chance to talk with local University representatives to discuss study options and university criteria to help them best plan their final years subjects to best prepare them for an exciting career in IT.

The day will run from 11:30 – 3:30 and will comprise of several sessions covering topics such as having a passion for Technology and what you can do with it, and a brief look at Introductory Programming languages, presented by leading Microsoft speakers. The action will then move to the 4 rotating rooms of interactive content:

Hands on Lab: Interact with the latest Microsoft Technology to build your own rich media creations using technologies like DeepZoom and PhotoSynth.

Technology Sneak Peak: See Ashley Jenkins demonstrate the awesome new Project Natal technology which is revolutionising the Gaming Industry & the growing number of careers in this Dynamic space.

University Round Tables: Speak with students & Faculty representatives from Key Australian Universities about the best paths to studying IT at University. Also represented will be some of Australia’s Leading IT Industries, to talk about the Government & Not for Profit programs that support growing this industry.

Female Role Model Round Tables: Take the opportunity to speak with Female Role Models from Microsoft & our Partners about the reasons they chose to work in the IT Industry and hear about the various & rewarding careers they have.

So if you are a female student that is currently in Years 9 – 11 at school & thinking about a career in IT, let us know if you would like to come along by sending an e-mail message with your name, city and state, and the name of your high school to dgau@microsoft.com. Email address updated to: catherine.eibner@microsoft.com