Image girls computerGirls Get Coding gave over 100 girls aged 9 - 12 from across the UK a chance to showcase their technology skills to MPs and parliamentarians on a fully funded trip to Westminster.

The event, organised by e-skills UK and PICTFOR, the Parliamentary Internet Communications and Technology Forum, saw school girls from 40 schools around the country teach MPs how to code a computer game, before being presented with a certificate of achievement. 

Girls Get Coding is part of Government and industry’s ‘Your Life’ campaign, which aims to increase the number of students studying STEM subjects by 50% over the next three years. With the growing need to improve female representation in the tech sector, Girls Get Coding is giving girls aged 9-12 the opportunity to be inspired by the opportunities opened up by computer coding.

At the event, the girls also had the opportunity to meet female role models from the tech world, including IT graduates, apprentices, and business women from organisations including BT, Cisco, Accenture, Vodafone, HSBC, HP, Co-operative Group, and JP Morgan.  

Stephen Mosley, Co-Chair of Parliamentary Internet Communications and Technology Forum, and Conservative MP for City of Chester said: "It’s very encouraging to see how Get Girls Coding is inspiring young women about tech. The excitement today has been palpable, and I'm glad to be a part of a valuable and enjoyable initiative that is focused on tackling the gender imbalance in tech education and careers."