The future female leaders in computing converged at Waikato University on Friday 8 July for the third annual Women in Computing at Waikato event.
Over 150 girls from high schools in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty attended the day-long event, which is run by the Computer Science Department to encourage more female students to consider a career in information technology.
While on campus the girls heard from a range of women already working or studying in IT, about their success and positive experiences in an industry often seen as male dominated.
Computer Science Senior Lecturer, Sally Jo Cunningham, said one of the reasons girls did not consider IT as a career option was the lack of visible role models that they could relate to.
"We hope to change that - there are successful women in computing living a great lifestyle and earning excellent money, who could not imagine themselves in any other job.
"Students need to know about these women, many of whom are also having huge impact on the development of computing technologies," she said.
While on campus, students attending Women in Computing were also able to take part in two workshops of their choice, ranging from computer game design to data mining, working with hardware and online communities such as blogging.
Dr Cunningham said the Women in Computing event grew every year, a great sign that interest is growing among female students.
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