Last January 21 this year, the Women’s March in Washington was held. In continuing with the goal for diversity and equality among genders, electronics companies in the likes of Sony are holding bootcamps for girls. The Sony bootcamp is particularly intended for girls who want to work in the gaming industry.
What is The Sony Bootcamp for Girls?
The Sony Bootcamp for girls is a UK-based project aiming for diversity among developers in the gaming and technology field. Sony will hold the bootcamp in a span of six weeks. This will occur in Liverpool for local girls from ages 11 to 14 years. The exact place is in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle. The event will be starting at the end of next month. The Liverpool Girl Geeks who has attracted a huge number of applicants in its previous programs and courses will be the main organizers for this event.
Gender Imbalance in Technology Sector
“There is a gender imbalance within our technology sector,” said Sony’s senior release manager at PlayStation, Michelle Tilley. “We need to take action now to ensure a more balanced and inclusive industry for the future. The games industry is an amazing place to work so we should actively encourage young women to join it by inspiring, championing and empowering them to achieve their dreams.” Moreover, the technology sector has been historically dominated by men. According to a report in Develop, this year, Sony Bootcamp hopes to support more than 400 girls.
The academe has also studied and proved this imbalance between genders. As cited in Liverpool Echo, a study by the University of Roehampton last year showed an increased gender imbalance in the number of girls studying computer science at various schools. 20% of pupils taking the subject at General Certificate of Secondary Education are girls. This percentage lowers down to just 10% at A Level. The percentage was at only 12% in 2015.
Sony has established a long history in Liverpool. The company bought Liverpool video game pioneer Psygnosis in 1993. Sony also has a large base in Wavertree, Liverpool where they test video games such as those played for Playstation.