An Cosán’s Sinead Kelly on bridging the digital divide and #techmums (video)

6 Nov 2014

Sinead Kelly, education programme co-ordinator, An Cosán, addresses Silicon Republic's Women Invent Meet-up in Dublin. Photo by Conor McCabe Photography

At Silicon Republic’s Women Invent Meet-up on Tuesday in Dublin, An Cosán’s education programme co-ordinator Sinead Kelly shared her personal journey and her recent coaching as a trainer for #techmums.

Kelly told the audience about An Cosán’s Young Women in Technology programme and about #techmums.

She explained how it was when An Cosán CEO Liz Waters attended the launch of the Women Invent Tomorrow research with Accenture that she had a lightbulb moment regarding the digital opportunities for young women in disadvantaged areas.

She also spoke of Dr Sue Black’s visit to An Cosán this summer to train Kelly and others, and how the #techmums programme had become part of the two-year digital programme.

Waters had met Black when Black addressed Silicon Republic’s Future Jobs Forum in February.

Watch highlights of Sinead Kelly’s address to the Women Invent Meet-up here:

Women Invent Meet-up: Sinead Kelly of An Cosán on women in tech

The Young Women in Technology programme already has the support of Accenture and Xilinx, but more funding is needed. You can find out more about the programme on its website.

Women Invent Tomorrow is Silicon Republic’s campaign to champion the role of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. It has been running since March 2013, and is kindly supported by Accenture Ireland, Intel, the Irish Research Council, ESB, Twitter, CoderDojo and Science Foundation Ireland