Over here at Tech in Asia, we’re greatly encouraged by the number of females joining the technology and startup scene. We’re even more appreciative of local initiatives like Singapore Geek Girls, an organization for females that aims to help them mentor, connect, and collectively share information with one another. The organization was first formed last January 11, and to date has around 250 people attending its events, with approximately 200 females in the pool. But the SG Geek Girls, which is run by a group of eight volunteers, isn’t just stopping there. Co-founder Joyce Huang tells us that the team is hoping to reach out to 1,000 ladies for its events in 2013, on top of expanding its online reach through a series of interviews with females in the technology scene. Happily, the initiative is attracting a lot of attention from younger female entrepreneurs, including a 12-year-old girl, Roopal Kondepudi, who attended one of its HTML and CSS Geek Squad Drills. Tan Yan Ling, who heads marketing and partnerships at SG Geek Girls tells us:
[...] Her objective was to make a website with her sister. She was really enthusiastic, and [attended the sessions with her parents.] She wrote to us [via email], which I presume that she got it from the write-up on our workshop in [local newspaper] Straits Times.
[We] will spice things up with lightning talks and have some surprises in store for our female audience. [..] With this, [we] hope [to] consolidate the efforts of the [attendees of] our workshops, [for them to] practice their development skills. Also, we just want an excuse to throw a big party and have fun!
For more information on SG Geek Girls and its initiatives, you can also visit its website here.
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