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Girls' IT Bootcamp

The 2022 event took place from 31 May to 2 June. Are you interested in taking part in next year’s bootcamp, or do you think someone you know might be? Stay tuned and follow our updates.

Are you a girl aged 9-17 interested in robots and computers? Then our three-day IT bootcamp may be just the thing for you.

Join us to 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 using different tools and programming languages while also having fun and discovering some of the many possibilities that the world of IT has to offer. You will also be invited on a tour of the ECB’s building, take part in experiments in our Banknotes lab and visit the “ECbees” in our urban garden.

Ready to code?

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 was focused on girls aged 9-17 who are interested in scientific discovery and technological progress.

When and where?

The IT bootcamp took place from 31 May to 2 June 2022. The three-day programme of events took place at the ECB’s premises in Frankfurt, Germany. Participants tried their hand at programming and coding in a relaxed, girl-friendly learning environment, and visited our office areas, Banknotes lab and urban garden.

Why?

A large gender gap still exists in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 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, maybe you will be working at the ECB one day…

Testimonials

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!

Claudia Plattner - Director General Information Systems

If you want to make IT programmes and applications that work for everyone, you need to make sure you include all the different perspectives… and that is why it is really, really important for us to have lots of brilliant women in IT.

Meike Ströter - Head of Division in Information Systems

It was great to see how the girls’ confidence and the fascination for coding grew during these three days. The written feedback from some of the parents confirmed that the bootcamp “generated a wave of motivation, self-confidence, interest, feeling and belonging”. This really made a difference!

Application details

Applications were open until 15 May 2022, with places allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. The programme, which was held in English, welcomed 20 girls aged 9-17. No prior IT knowledge or experience was required to take part in the event, and attendance was free of charge. All necessary equipment was provided, together with lunch. Daily travel to and from the venue was organised privately.

If you have any comments or questions, please have your parent/legal guardian send an email to it_bootcamp@ecb.europa.eu.

Schedule

31 May
08:45

Registration at ECB Security Center

09:30

Introduction with Claudia Plattner, Director General of Information Systems

10:00

Programming workshops (with breaks)

Bring a robot to life using LEGO® Mindstorms

Play Google’s Dinosaur Game using JavaScript

12:00

Lunch break

14:00

Programming workshops (with breaks)

Bring a robot to life using LEGO® Mindstorms

Play Google’s Dinosaur Game using JavaScript

16:00

End of day 1 (parents to pick up the girls)

01 June
08:45

Registration at ECB Security Center

09:30

Retrospective of DAY 1

10:00

Programming workshops (with breaks)

Bring a robot to life using LEGO® Mindstorms

Play Google’s Dinosaur Game using JavaScript

12:00

Lunch break

14:00

Programming workshops (with breaks)

Bring a robot to life using LEGO® Mindstorms

Play Google’s Dinosaur Game using JavaScript

16:00

End of day 2 (parents to pick up the girls)

02 June
08:45

Registration at the ECB Security Center

09:30

Introduction with Christine Lagarde, President of the ECB

10:00

Tour around the ECB Main building (with breaks)

11:00

Introduction to the world of banknotes & Visiting Banknotes Lab

12:00

Lunch break

14:15

Discover digital security (with breaks)

15:30

Ecology Tour (with breaks)

16:45

Closing Ceremony

Certification awards and giveaways

17:15

End of programme (parents to pick up the girls)

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