DMA’s Upcoming ‘Made By Girls’ Event, MBG Press Coverage

By Phill Powell

Digital Media Academy is already proud of our Made by Girls (MBG) initiative. But now we’re getting really excited – because word is spreading. Check out this Mic.com report on VR games and girls.

AND NOW…PROUDLY PRESENTING A VERY SPECIAL ‘MADE BY GIRLS’ EVENT!

Here’s your chance:

  • Discover how female engineers made mythical creatures battle in the How to Train your Dragon movies!
  • Learn how women built a company that helps girls learn to code through Instagram and YouTube creations!
  • See how a Stanford computer science student is helping girls everywhere become advocates in their communities!

If you’re a girl who’s interested in eventually working in a tech industry, DMA is presenting a Made by Girls event just for you, held in conjunction with The Girls’ Middle School of Palo Alto, California.

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On Saturday, December 5th at 1 PM (PDT), some of the brightest minds in the tech industry – from forward-facing companies such as Google, DreamWorks and Unity Technologies – will be coming together in Palo Alto, to share their stories about working in STEM industries.

Six great speakers will be appearing at the event, and it promises to be an inspiring and fun event for all girls. Whether you’re interested in pursuing a STEM-based career or are just curious about how tech and creativity can come together, this is the event for you.

MAKING A POSITIVE CHANGE IN ATTITUDES

We spoke with DMA Regional Director Peggy Lee about the upcoming “Women in STEM” event and its significance…

Why is it important to embrace this event if you’re a girl?
These women are all incredible leaders and role models who have infused their work with creativity and passion. Like Dioselin Gonzalez’s contributions to film at DreamWorks and games at Unity Technologies. They make opportunities for girls to get connected with role models and become tech advocates themselves like Helen Hastings’ groundbreaking work with She++ and the #include program that’s changing girls’ lives nationwide. We also have women who worked on robots for NASA, make tools people use everyday at Google, and build their own companies, like the founders of Vidcode.

Impressive. Are there any characteristics that you’d say each of these business leaders share?
All these women are applying tech in vital, innovative and personal ways.

We see statistics that say that girls want to get into STEM subjects. But then we see other statistics that are less positive…
We know 74 percent of high school girls are interested in STEM topics – but less than 1 percent of them intend to major in CS.

What causes this disconnect?
Girls often don’t have role models and may experience trouble relating STEM topics to a career. That means that women are underrepresented in industries that have been growing three times faster than other industries and which compensate women with STEM skills 33 percent more than comparable women in non-STEM jobs (according to the US Department of Labor).

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DMA’s Peggy Lee on the inspirational women who will speak: “They use tech to build new worlds.”

Tell us about the event.
It will be educational, inspirational but most of all, fun. It’s a chance for girls to learn about a wide range of experiences you can have in tech, and how meaningful tech can be to expressing your creativity and making a positive difference in the world. Research shows that early exposure and positive experiences are powerful for building tech confidence in girls. This event is a part of a growing movement to change the culture of STEM!

How will the event be structured?
Three parts. Each speaker will share some of her exciting work and her journey with CS. Then we’ll have a moderated Q & A. Finally, the girls will get a chance to talk in small groups with the speakers.

BE A PART OF MBG!

Would you like to confirm your attendance at our free event?

We hope you’ll make every effort to attend this special gathering of tech women and business leaders.

And check out DMA’s Made by Girls initiative and how it shows the world that the grand tech future belongs to everybody.