Who of us have not listened to Robyn’s “With every heartbeat” when trying to heal a broken heart? Well, Robyn is not only a great musician, she also supports women striving for a career in tech. She just announced the date for her festival Tekla, a one-day festival taking place on April 18th in Stockholm. The main goal is promoting the inclusion of women in the tech-industry: “Tekla is a festival for girls, in which they get to sample different areas of future technology in what I believe will be a fun and imaginative environment”, stated the press release.
The festival will be full of workshops (such as programming, robotics, 3D printing, game development), discussions and speakers, ending with a concert, of course. Google and Spotify have confirmed they will send representatives to Stockholm. As a partner, Robyn was awarded the Great Prize in 2013 by Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) which honours “a person who, through epoch-making discoveries and the creation of new values and by ingenious applications of findings gained on the practical aspects of life, promotes Sweden’s continued material progress”.
Recipients are required to hold a speech at the University, however Robyn decided to throw a festival: “I thought of KTH’s motto, Science and Art, and wanted to do something to inspire girls who are curious about technology, while at the same time highlighting that too few women are applying to KTH programs,” explained Robyn. Today, only 34% of the new students are girls and, looking at the labour market in tech industry, this number drops down to 25%.
A strong concept and a great spirit – that is what we call #girlpower!
Check out the website for more info (swedish only): Tekla