Oracle4Girls is an initiative to raise girls’ interest in technology
Last Saturday, 100 girls of different age groups gathered at the Computer Engineering School of the University of Málaga to participate in the last edition of the Oracle4Girls initiative, which required previous registration due to the public’s great response towards the program. This time it has been promoted by the University of Málaga (UMA), Málaga TechPark, Campus Tech Chicas, Oracle Academy, IngenieraSoy and the Oracle Women’s Leadership program in Málaga.
In the event, the University of Málaga (UMA) and Oracle gave a talk to the parents of the girls participating in the program in order to show them the current situation of the technology sector, its career opportunities and the “Málaga Valley” ecosystem, aiming to encourage and foster the technological spirit of their daughters.
Manuel Enciso, Director of the Computer Engineering School of the University of Málaga; Sofia Schneider, Director at Oracle Málaga and Cloud Systems Sales Leader; as well as Marta Tolosa, Solutions Engineer and Cloud Architect at Oracle, took part in this motivational talk.
The girls participated in different workshops divided into age groups (from 6 to 16 years old), where they experienced first-hand what it is like to develop an academic and professional career in science and technology, more specifically in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
In the workshops, the instructors guided all participants to take their first steps in programming, including music programming, participating in a video game creation and even interacting with artificial intelligence. The aim of this was to provide them an insight into the day-to-day life of these career opportunities and make them experience what their professional life would be like in the future.
This initiative seeks to boost women’s presence in STEM careers so that there is equity in technology-related professions in the long run. Furthermore, Oracle promotes several initiatives to improve diversity in the region, having a female workforce of 33% in Málaga.
Oracle4Girls is an initiative created in 2017 with the aim of inspiring girls to study technology disciplines. The program consists of holding events with different practical workshops for girls between the ages of 6 and 16. Over 2,400 girls have already attended some of our more than 200 workshops around the world.
About ‘Campus Tech Chicas’ of the UMA
The Campus Tech Chicas is a cost-free initiative of the UMA that consists of a series of training workshops for secondary school girls, who will undertake technology projects in them. The Campus Tech Chicas will be held from 3 to 14 July, from Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 13:30 and it will take place in the centre’s lab classrooms.
Pre-registration is open until 4 June. You can find both the form to fill in and additional information on: campuschicas.informatica.uma.es