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Monday, October 26 • 18:30 - 18:55
Panel Discussion: Start the Girls Off Right: How You Can Help Get Girls Interested in Technology - Misty Decker, IBM; Kaitlyn Lowe, Brighton High School; Chloe Allen-Ede, University Student; Lella Halloum, Student & Z Ambassador

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It's true that we need more girls to get interested in learning about technology. But did you know the same tactics that appeal to boys don't always work with girls. Did you know girls are more motivated by the purpose than by the tech? Or that girls usually decide they're "not technical" in middle school? Or that only 22% of girls can name a woman in tech? Or that fathers have a bigger impact on a girl's decision to pursue technology than mothers? In this session, you will hear from three young girls who are actively engaged in bringing tech to their peers and how you can use these methods to get girls interested in technology at all ages. You'll walk away armed with the tools to personally help in ways small and large. We're scheduled to present at an upcoming mainframe conference in the US called SHARE. The general topics will be the same but the examples will be mainframe oriented versus Open Source oriented for OSS. For example, one of the topics is to help girls "Do something Big - And Make Sure Everyone Sees it". For SHARE, we'll talk about participating in Master the Mainframe. For OSS, we'll talk about contributing to Open Source.

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Misty Decker

Master the Mainframe Program Manager, IBM
What happens when you find a job that leverages almost 30 years of experience in fulfillment of a lifelong personal mission? Misty Decker finds herself in exactly that position as the Program Manager of the Master the Mainframe contest. Since 1991, Misty has held a variety of technical... Read More →
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Kaitlyn Lowe

Master the Mainframe 2019 North America Winner, Brighton High School
As a North American winner of Master the Mainframe, Kaitlyn Lowe is one of the top 12 out of 25,000 worldwide contestants. As a high school senior, 2019 was only her second time learning about mainframe technologies but she still managed to beat college students and graduate students... Read More →
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Chloë Allen-Ede

University Student, University of Wolverhampton
Chloë is a final year physics student studying at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. Two years ago she co-founded and now Chairs her campus Mainframe Computing club (called Wolves MaSS). She is now a IBM zAmbassador and Student Hub Senator. and along with fellow panellist Lella... Read More →
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Lella Halloum

High School Student and Z Ambassador, High School
Eager to engage and learn, Lella has already had a big impact as a high school student. She frequently organizes tech learning events for her classmates and participates in international webinars around engaging girls in technology. Along with fellow panelist Chloe, she has started... Read More →

Monday October 26, 2020 18:30 - 18:55 GMT
DES Theater