Coder Girl Hack Day introduced girls and their families to the possibilities of technology and engineering careers through free learning sessions.

In a celebration of women, Coder Girl Hack Day took place on Saturday, 15 October.

Speaking at the event, co-founder Niambh Scullion said it’s about “showcasing some amazing technologies and some great things that girls can do with tech…but it’s also about amazing female mentors”.

Coder Girl Hack Day aims to encourage gender balance in the tech industry, by showing young women the creative and dynamic career opportunities that are available to them.

Throughout the day, young girls participated in hands-on workshops, which showcased wearable technology, coding websites and Python software.

Ann O’Dea, Inspirefest founder and Silicon Republic CEO, opened the day with a speech celebrating some of the most revered women in technology and highlighting the gender imbalance in some of the biggest technological companies in the world.

“We do not have enough women in the technology and leadership roles in these companies. It’s something that we’re really trying to change,” she said.

Words by Jenny Darmody