'Computing History: Her Story' focuses on women in tech

A programme of exciting events linked to the past, present and future of women in technology is underway at the Cambridge Centre for Computing History.

Computing History: Her Story is a festival that presents a timely and fascinating picture of women who work in the tech industries.

Children from St Mary's Junior School, Cambridge were the first to interact with the exhibition and people who contributed to the festival attended a launch party.

With a subtitle of Real Women, Real Stories, the festival celebrates some of the many women currently working in tech (broadly defined), by offering them a forum for telling their own stories. The Centre has offered space to women to give them a voice - real women tell their own stories in their own words using text, video and audio media.

By highlighting the achievements of tech women, and the range of roles women have in the sector, this exhibition aims to inspire the tech women of the future. The range of activities includes everything from theatrical performances to film screenings as well as specific events for young people and teachers.

Computing History: Her Story runs until 14 October and follows on from last year's successful festival,Computing History: Where Did All the Women Go?, which looked predominately at the past by spotlighting female luminaries in computing history.The festival has been kindly supported by Sagentia, Mathworks and Cambridge Assessment.

The exhibition can be enjoyed as part of standard entry to the museum but booking is essential for the events. Details of all events can be found on the Centre's website.

Image: Children from St Mary's Junior School enjoying the Her Story exhibition (photo by Terry Harris).


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