Caitlin, 15, is studying for her GCSEs and has chosen Computer Science and Triple Science as part of her options. She spent a week doing work experience with the Stemettes team in June 2016. I chose to find my placement myself, even though my school had offered alternatives. I was definitely glad of time I put in to research suitable companies. This wasn’t the typical type of work experience; there was no making tea or moments of boredom! I was always kept occupied with a number of exciting tasks such as searching for a suitable WordPress theme for one of […]

The following post is written by 13-year-old Jamila Bihi, who attended Rise Hack with her sister Naima. Naima is an Outbox Incubator alumnus and founder of Modlyst – an online community for modest fashion. Rise Hack, hosted by Stemettes and sponsored by Rise London in partnership with Barclays, was held on 5-6 March to celebrate International Women’s Day.  When my sister first announced that I would be going to my first hackathon I was so excited that I barely got a wink of sleep for the following few nights. As the days flew past, I got more and more nervous. Finally Saturday […]

Manchester is a fantastic city with so much going on. This weekend, we were excited to be a part of it all –  hearing lovely Mancunian accents and sampling the fantastic rain. With Christmas around the corner, Oracle Academy had given us access to their fantastic Alice animation software and tutorials so the hackathon theme of ‘Yule’ Animations was a no-brainer. The fabulous UTC@MediaCityUK hosted us right in the heart of the UK’s MediaCity and so creative juices were flowing. What a venue we have today at @stemettes #YuleHack in the heart of media city – this school is to cool for school pic.twitter.com/RqcbKmOSko […]

On Saturday 7 November, Meet the Stemettes panel events took place simultaneously in London and Dublin – sponsored and hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. For a full run-down of the day’s events – from how we almost lost Events Stemette Charlotte under a tsunami of goodie bags, to inspiring advice from our panelists, to how many Stemettes it takes to defeat a Luas ticket machine (clue: more than one) – check out our Storify of the day’s events here. Our next panel event is happening on 5th December at Imperial College and we’ll be in Manchester doing an Animation […]

This blog post has been written by Savinay, 13 who attended the event and is also an alumnus from Outbox Incubator. Our video from the event is at the bottom of this blog. The day kicked off at around eleven when I arrived at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in Central London. The building was absolutely incredible, open and modern. Since I was a volunteer for the day I spent the first few hours behind a desk checking people in with a nifty piece of technology that made the inner tech nerd within me squeal a little! You just had to […]

We always look forward to coming to Newcastle. Possibly because of the lower temperatures; maybe because of the long distance we have to travel; definitely because of how friendly and lovely the people are. This was no different the day of our #thanksAda panel event on Thursday 15th October at the fantastic Campus North. Sponsored by Tech North (who look after tech startups across the North) we brought together a slightly more intimate panel than usual for Toon Army. Campus North is a colourful crowdfunded space for startups and tech companies who want to be based in Newcastle. We found […]

Outbox Incubator: Week 4 #totesemosh

Just look at those girls. That was this morning when – for the first time since we started Outbox Incubator – I found myself in the house on the morning of “transfer day”. These girls, some of whom had been in the house since day 1 of week 1 (4 weeks ago now), were leaving the house at 6.30am – some of them off to airports to return to Dublin (hey, fun fact: some weeks about 40% of our intake has been Irish), some just hopping on a train to Essex. There was hugging, so much hugging, exchanging of handwritten […]

As we arrived at Chester station at 11:46 on June 27th, we were overwhelmed by the number of people who had arrived with us and made a guess at the proportion of the crowd that had arrived in town for our ‘Meet the Stemettes’ panel and the proportion who were in town for the Chester races. We found a taxi, jumped in and headed for our venue – the Bank of America Merrill Lynch mbna offices in Chester Business Park. The taxi pulled up outside one of the more impressive, fancy, Buckingham Palace-like venues we’ve ever been to and we […]

Way way back in mid October we were literally placed ‘centre stage’ at London’s first Technopop festival to run our Autumn / Ada Lovelace hackathon. Our sponsor, Intent Media are new in the UK and so we had agreed to break from the norm of running our events at STEM company offices and were surrounded by 3D printers, an racing car and Science dance session run by our friends at FLUX dance theatre. So, at 10am in the centre of a huge white tent on the Olympic Park, we began our hack. Girls, parents and volunteers began the day playing […]

It’s not everyday that we get an invite to Rome, but last week, Head Stemette was in Roma for a day and a half, to join the final e-Skills for Jobs event of 2014 being run by DigitalEurope and Anitec for the European Commission. It was a high-level conference for organisations and companies across the EU to share with each other, and a sizeable number of Italian youth on what they’ve been doing to promote ‘e-Skills’ – digital skills and the jobs associated with them. A day of panels, speeches and workshops for the assortment of people from EU member states. Head […]