Microsoft Hong Kong has concluded GirlSpark Camp 2017, its annual event aimed at helping female university students better understand the opportunities present in ICT encouraging more women to join the industry.
The event was held in conjunction with The Women's Foundation and Ivey Business School. This year, GirlSpark Camp provided students with opportunities to learn about the latest cloud technologies and their business applications.
One new training module offered Azure certification and the opportunity to compete for one of at least ten evangelist jobs within the Microsoft Experience Center.
The event also included leadership forums giving participants the chance to discuss industry developments with 26 senior leaders from a range of sectors, as well as a business case exercise conducted with Ivey Business School to give students the chance to find practical cloud-based solutions to real life business problems.
Women account for only around a third of all ICT-related tertiary students in Hong Kong, and make up less than a quarter of positions in the ICT industry in developed markets worldwide, data from Deloitte Global indicates.
But women are expected to play a more prominent role in the ICT industry in the coming years as cloud technology matures and big data continues its rapid rise. The GirlSpark program marks an attempt to facilitate this shift.
“Microsoft Hong Kong is a staunch advocate of diversity and has a proven track record in the fair and equitable development of the ICT industry in Hong Kong. Now in its fourth year, Microsoft GirlSpark Camp is enthusiastically received by local students.” Microsoft Hong Kong GM Horace Chow said.
“Over the past year, over 40% of GirlSpark Camp alumni have joined the ICT industry after graduation, providing much-needed talent for local companies, including Microsoft. We will continue to increase public awareness of gender diversity in the ICT industry and take practical steps, with our partners, to proactively develop young, diverse talent in the industry,”