Sky launched the search for its first Women in Technology Scholars in 2017 with the offer of a £25,000 grant, training and mentoring.
Three exceptional young women, each with a passion and flair for technology, were selected:
- Hannah Blair, whose project is creating an Ocean Rescue VR app for schools
- Kike Oniwinde – her project is building an app for her start-up, the Black Young Professionals’ Network
- Oishi Deb, already a software engineer, her project is advancing her knowledge of machine learning
In her keynote at Sky Tech Summit 2018, Debbie Klein, Sky’s Group Chief Marketing & Corporate Affairs Officer, said the scheme follows the highly successful Sky Sports Scholars programme which supports and funds young athletes and invests in the next generation.
“The aim of the Women in Tech Scholars scheme is to encourage more women to pursue careers in technology,” said Debbie.
“While women make up nearly half of the UK’s workforce only 23 per cent of jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are held by women. And according to WISE, the industry group that campaigns to get more women in STEM occupations in information and communications technology (ICT), women account for just one in six of the workforce.”