Geek Girls Carrots Geneva#3: Creativity in Code
When: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Where: SDG Solution Space, Avenue de Sécheron 15, Genève
As promised, we’re back with regular meetups and you really can’t miss this one. Our speaker, Marija Musja, will talk about her project Creativity in Code that aims to empower poor girls in remote areas of Ukraine by providing free classes – for two-and-half months – on both programming and creative technology software.
About the speaker :
Hello! My name is Marija Musja. I grew up in Estonia just after the collapse of the Soviet Union. As a child, I was led to believe that creativity in the workplace has no value. So as an adult I chose a career – the law – that is highly valuable to society but which did not allow me to express myself. For a few years, I had the privilege of studying in the United Kingdom. During this time, my perception of creative thinking changed completely and I discovered that I had the freedom to be who I really wanted to be and do what I really wanted to do. But I also knew that I was one of the lucky ones. Too many girls from disadvantaged communities don’t have an opportunity to realise their potential and are unable or not allowed to express their creative energy. Often they become vulnerable to physical and mental abuse and even to drug and alcohol dependence.
Marija’ project «Creativity in Code» :
The project marries the two essential elements that can transform the lives of young girls: it encourages them to be creative and it trains them in digital skills up to a professional level. Creativity in Code aims to empower poor girls in remote areas of Ukraine by providing free classes – for two-and-half months – on both programming and creative technology software.
In the EU, 80% of women want creative, independent jobs. According to our survey, in Ukraine 1% of girls are interested in programming and the majority of jobs they aspire are creativity related.
We encourage girls with a wide variety of interests to join our course and study programming for many different career fields. What makes it unique, and particularly suited to girls, is that the project’s focus is on combining girls’ interests with technology.
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