This weekend, four UiPath colleagues from the London office joined 14,000 other girls and women of all ages at the Celebrate 2020! event organised by Girlguiding, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, in Birmingham.
Set to take place on World Thinking Day, the event also gathered STEM companies to create fun educational activities aimed at stirring young girls’ curiosity and interest in technology and science.
The UiPath booth featured RPA learning content for children and youth with automation sessions on the UiPath Studio Community Edition throughout the day. The young participants started with automating a 2D game, progressing with using software robots for automation of day-to-day digital activities (web scraping, video searching), and then creating personal automation projects. The activities were conducted within the framework of the UiPath Academic Alliance, an initiative that aims to empower current and future generations with automation skills.
In joining the event, UiPath responded to an invitation from Jacqueline de Rojas, CBE, President of techUK, who said:
With the advent of digitalization and AI, the future is already being written. Both as a corporate and as society, we need to act responsibly towards empowering the next generation with skills that are strategic for the future workplace. It is our duty too to see that access to technology remains free of bias and open to all genders, races, ages, and abilities.
Sandy Kinnersley, Deputy Chief Commissioner for Girlguiding Midlands said:
We are delighted to be working with UiPath to provide an opportunity for girls to have a first-hand experience with automation. Research shows that in mixed groups girls tend to hang back from doing STEM-based activities, and are often reluctant to take the lead. An event such as Celebrate is an ideal opportunity for girls to try activities in a non-threatening environment – and if they enjoy them they will hopefully have increased confidence to do them again elsewhere. It could even spark a career choice when they get to that stage!
Girlguiding is the largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women in the UK with more than 400,000 members. Through fun, friendship, challenge, and adventure delivered by volunteer leaders via a programme based around the girls’ choices the organisation empowers girls to find their voice, inspiring them to discover the best in themselves and to make a positive difference in their community. They gain in confidence and develop skills for life such as working in a team, taking the lead, and speaking out about the issues they care about.
UiPath remains committed to the democratization of learning digital skills by offering free access to a full-fledged automation curricula on UiPath Academy, and having pledged to serve more than one million students and one thousand schools in the next three years with the UiPath Academic Alliance.