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Mastercard Girls4Tech introduces kids to Cryptology and Algorithms at Dublin’s Coolest Projects International

Mastercard is looking to inspire the next generation of curious minds with its appearance at Coolest Projects International in Dublin on May 26th, which is expecting more than 15,000 attendees. The company’s signature ‘Girls4Tech’ STEM education programme will be running throughout the event for attendees to explore new ideas and solve challenges through fun exercises.

Why Girls4Tech?

Within the next decade, 80 percent of global jobs created will require a combination of science, technology, engineering and maths skills[1], and while women now represent 47% of the work force, only 12 percent of engineers are women[2].  With Girls4Tech, Mastercard hopes to make an impact and inspire young girls all over the world to enter the world of data analytics, digital convergence and cryptology, and to #StartSomethingPriceless by pursing their interest in STEM.

Last October, the company made a commitment to reach 200,000 girls by 2020. So far, 21 countries have participated in the program and Girls4Tech will extend into additional countries in 2018.

How to connect with Mastercard at Coolest Projects International

  • Mastercard will be showcasing Girls4Tech at the event. Student attendees will be able to take a short quiz via iPad that directs them to a station connected to his or her interests.
  • Two technology-based stations will be available for students to learn through a consumable, hands-on approach.
    • Station topics are Cryptology and Algorithms
    • Each station takes about six minutes to complete
  • Mastercard employees will be on-hand to take the students through the programme

About Girls4Tech™

Launched in 2014, Girls4Tech™ is Mastercard’s award-winning, signature employee volunteer and education program aimed at creating future problem solvers. Based on global science and mathematics standards, the curriculum was created in conjunction with top engineers and technologists at Mastercard to teach the foundations of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) principles.

[1] Six Workforce Trends That Will Dominate, 2018, Randstad North America, Inc.

[2] Computer Science Organization