Tuesday, 04 June 2019 04:21

Girls in Tech gets half-million dollar boost from Pega

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Girls in Tech founder and CEO Adriana Gascoigne Girls in Tech founder and CEO Adriana Gascoigne Stephen Withers

The Girls in Tech global non-profit organisation aimed at increasing female participation in technology has received more than US$400,000 through an engagement with CRM and process automation vendor Pegasystems.

The US$402,000 (almost $580,000) fundraising for Girls in Tech comprised a US$500 donation from Pegasystems for every eligible PegaWorld 2019 conference registration from 24 January to 21 February, plus a donation from the Trefler Foundation (which was co-founded by Pegasystems CEO Alan Trefler) equal to 50% of the price of each eligible PegaWorld registration sold between 8 April and 30 April.

"We're overwhelmed by your generosity," said Girls in Tech founder and CEO Adriana Gascoigne. "We're making the change that matters."

This is the largest donation ever received by Girls in Tech, and will be used to fund activities such as Global Classroom courses (elearning aimed at broadening technical skills), Hacking For Humanity hackathons, an expansion of the Girls in Tech Mentorship Program to more locations, and Amplify (Girls in Tech’s business pitch competition).

Girls in Tech is active in 33 countries, including Australia.

"I'm extremely thankful for the opportunity to be at PegaWorld and share my vision for a technology industry that not only supports inclusivity, but actively advocates for it and all the benefits it can bring,” said Gascoigne.

"We're very grateful for the record-breaking generosity shown by Pega and the Trefler Foundation and look forward to seeing how this funding will change the lives of women around the world."

Alan Trefler said "Women make up half of the total college-educated workforce in this country, but only 29% are in the science and engineering fields.

"At Pega, we believe it’s important for us and the technology industry as a whole to more accurately reflect the diversity of today's workforce. We're delighted to welcome Adriana to PegaWorld this year to showcase the important role Girls in Tech is playing in creating a culture of female empowerment within the tech industry."

Disclosure: The writer attended PegaWorld 2019 as a guest of the company.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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