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Girls' IT Bootcamp

Are you a girl aged 11-17 interested in robots and computers, or do you know someone you think might be? Then our two-day Girls’ IT bootcamp is the right event to take part in. 

To celebrate Girls’ Day, we are offering a two-day Girls’ IT Bootcamp at our ECB main building in Frankfurt, Germany, on Wednesday, 24 and Thursday, 25 April 2024. Explore opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – or STEM for short. At our IT bootcamp you will have a chance to develop technical skills and programming languages while also having fun and discovering some of the many possibilities that the IT world has to offer. You will also be invited on a guided tour of the ECB’s visitor center and talk to ECB experts, working in the field of IT.

Application details

The Girls’ IT bootcamp is open to girls aged 11-17 with EU nationality. The registration window will open soon, so please follow this page to stay updated.

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What is STEM?

STEM refers to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They are becoming more important in today’s job market, with growing demand for specialists in these fields. Greater participation of girls and women in these subject areas is extremely important.

Who?

Our IT bootcamp is focused on girls aged 11-17 who are interested in scientific discovery and technological progress. No prior knowledge or experience is required to take part, only a genuine interest in learning more about IT. The bootcamp will be held in English.

Why?

There is still a large gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields despite their increasing importance in today’s job market. Through initiatives like this IT bootcamp, we hope to inspire more girls to explore the study opportunities in STEM at an early age, and to go on to work in one of these fields. Who knows – you may end up working at the ECB one day!

Testimonials from 2022

The first Girls’ IT Bootcamp took place from 31 May to 2 June 2022, at the ECB’s premises in Frankfurt, Germany. Participants tried their hand at programming and coding in a relaxed and girl-friendly learning environment, talked to ECB experts, and visited our office areas and urban garden.

Marta, 14 - IT bootcamp participant

I thought I knew nothing about IT, but the ECB team helped me to understand that I know a lot, which strengthened my confidence. I should definitely continue developing in the IT area!

Anja, 11 - IT bootcamp participant

I enjoyed this IT bootcamp very much! The best part was working in teams with different girls from all around Europe and experimenting in the ECB Banknotes lab! I wish the bootcamp was longer!

President Christine Lagarde

I was pleased to welcome this group of motivated girls to our IT Bootcamp! It was an excellent chance for them to get acquainted with fields where women are underrepresented. I shared one of my mottos with them: be SWANs – be Smart, Work Hard, Ambitious, and Nice. I hope the experience sparked their curiosity and inspired them.

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