Go to an engineering and developer conference in the UK and you’ll notice something peculiar: 90% of the attendees you’ll see around are men.

This observation is however not anecdotal. A multitude of research papers – notably the Women in STEM report published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology – show that the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe at less than 10% (compare this with Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus with nearly 30%).

At Methods Digital, we feel strongly that this isn’t right. Although we hire female developers, we don’t find enough female talent on the market. Time and time again, we hear reports – such as the 2015 OECD study – that school girls lack confidence in solving math and science problems. Sometimes, it is claimed that it’s nothing to do with a lack of confidence, but girls don’t find those subjects interesting, or don’t have role models they can aspire to be like in the fields STEM…

Whatever the reason, Stemettes is doing something about it!

Stemettes is an inspiring social enterprise set up to show the next generation that girls do Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). And we’ve decided to partner with Stemettes to help make young girls aware that they have options available to them other than the traditional ‘jobs for the girls’.

We are excited to be sponsoring a Stemettes event, which will enable 50 girls to learn how to code. The hackathon will see girls (aged 5 to 22) build websites on the trending theme of ‘Fake News’. No coding experience is required and the girls will be mentored and guided by a team of volunteers, including a handful of Methods Digital’s female technical staff proficient in Python and HTML.

This free weekend event will offer a fantastic opportunity for the girls involved to learn about software programming in a fun environment.

It will take place close to Glasgow and will be hosted by the University of West Scotland (UWS) on the 18th and 19th March.

To top it all, we’ll see Trish Quinn – the Digital Transformation Lead from the Scottish Government’s Digital Directorate and Stemettes Ambassador – overseeing the final presentations and handing over prizes for the best projects!