In December I attended a workshop held by Digital Innovations at The Shed, Manchester. The workshop was designed to help you generate ideas and to open you up to working collaboratively. An example they based the workshop around was how to get more women into tech. We broke down the problem into different sections but tackling gender stereotyping early kept cropping up. There were so many comments on why there are not so many women in tech; not enough role models, not being known as a job for women, not knowing the different types of roles within tech etc. The guy helping facilitate the workshop commented that this actually wasn’t a straight forward example to use as the more we spoke about it, the more it became obvious that it was a ‘wicked problem’. The issues and complications were completely intertwined with gender stereotypes and roles within society covering all stages of life from childhood through to adulthood. Funnily enough, the women outnumbered the men in the workshop and I felt that helped add weight to the issues that hold women back from tech as we were all saying similar things.
At the end of the workshop we were asked to storyboard an app. I found this really helpful and from the workshop have come up with an idea to help open up ambitions for young children. I have tried contacting the Digital Innovations team as it was suggested to contact them and collaborate on ideas (as I have no app making experience). Not heard back as yet, will try again now the holidays are over.