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Helping young women to realize their potential in technology

Microsoft together with UNESCO, INSEAD, the Women’s Forum, the SciTech Girls and European Schoolnet, will be hosting a high level roundtable and debate to raise awareness and policy attention to the need of promoting deeper participation of young women in technology and science studies. The “Women in IT” event will take place on 7 July 2008 during Imagine Cup, the world’s premier student technology competition, organised in Paris 3-8 July 2008.

The high level debate will include Marc Durando, Executive Director of European Schoolnet, Ján Figel’, European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, Aude de Thuin, President of the Women's Forum, Simon Brown, Vice-President, Developer and Platform Group, Microsoft Corp, and Claudie Haigneré, former French Research Minister and first European female astronaut.

The partners will bring together a delegation of around 25 young women from across Europe and the world to discuss their perspective and compare views on the opportunities for undertaking scientific and technology studies. The young women delegation will be composed of girls from the Imagine Cup final teams (already engaged in technology, computing and scientific studies), and of 16-18 years old girls across Europe who are interested in undertaking scientific studies.

The finalists of the Imagine Cup will have an opportunity to share their personal experience in undertaking scientific studies and to demonstrate the solutions they have developed to address some of the biggest societal challenges with the use of technology. 

Further information on "Imagine cup":

Download the "Women in IT" invitation (pdf).

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