Galileo Girls: technology at their fingertips

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11th, DUBLIN – in conjunction with the third annual International Day of the Girl, a United Nations designated holiday to recognise girls’ and women’s rights around the world, Intel, together with CoderDojo DCU and TOG, the Dublin Hackspace, hosted a special event called ‘Galileo Girls’ which invited young girls to come together and participate in a day-long hack event based on the Irish designed Intel Galileo development board.

The event was designed for girls between the ages of 12 and 18 and included a number of workshops which gave the girls insights into the basics of coding, programming and the maker environment. Following a morning session that covered the basics of coding and programming the participants spent the afternoon putting what they learned into action and had the opportunity to make something with what they learned. This included fashionable wearable technology, a funky robot or they could power their social media through the Galileo board.

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Karen Waters aged 9 from Terenure, Libby Brennan aged 9 from Terenure and Leah Wilson aged 9 from Kimmage pictured at the ‘Galileo Girls’ event

The event was an overwhelming success with tickets being snapped up and almost 70 girls took part on the day itself. The venue was abuzz from first thing with excitement about getting to turn their hand to being tech makers for the day and by the time the event came to close the room was filled with Halloween inspired robotic creations, Galileo’s that lit up when certain hashtags were tweeted and a whole host of wearable pieces that were powered by Lilypad Arduinos.

Sarah Doran, a mentor at CoderDojoGirls, took part in the event and said “we were delighted to welcome Intel and TOG Dublin to CoderDojo in DCU to host the first ever Galileo Girls session. We have been blown away by the interest in this girls hack event and we had 3-4 times the number of girls we usually get for our regular girls sessions, many of whom are completely new to CoderDojo! It has been a fantastic chance for the girls to learn about the Internet of Things by programming Intel’s Galileo and other hardware to make flashing wearables to sew into their clothes, moving Halloween decorations and flashing leds triggered by Tweeting.
Providing hardware is always a difficult task for volunteer run coding sessions. Intel have been so generous in providing all the hardware (from Galileos to SD cards to sewing kits!!) for this event and the guys n gals in TOG and CoderDojoDCU worked hard to prepare a fun exciting sessions for the day. The huge interest is a testament to the innovate session content and the dedicated collaboration effort between CoderDojo, TOG and Intel”.

Jeffrey Roe from TOG, the Dublin Hacksapce, was also at the event and added “Since its founding in 2009, TOG has been involved in many public engagement activities including Engineers Week, Dublin Maker, BT Young Scientist, Science Hack Day Dublin and Science Week, to name a few. We are genuinely delighted to be playing our part in Galileo Girls event. Our members’ will be bringing their experience and knowledge in the area of Internet of Things and wearable electronics, along with their love of teaching and their enthusiasm for the continued education of everyone. In addition to mentoring the girls, TOG members will be bringing their own finished projects to provide the girls with some inspiration and insight to what they could now do with their newly learnt skills”.

Sarah Sexton, Intel Communications Manager, was also delighted with the response to the event “At Intel we are always keen to find ways to represent as many diverse perspectives as possible and a big part of that is ensuring that females have the opportunity to experience technology in a hands on way. We were overwhelmed by the response to the event today and so impressed by the creativity and ingenuity of the participants. The energy and enthusiasm in the room is infectious and what’s really special for us is that the girls are getting to use technology that was developed right here in Ireland”.

Intel Galileo

In October 2013 Intel CEO Brian Krzanich unveiled the Intel® Galileo board, the first product in a new family of Arduino-compatible development boards featuring Intel® architecture.

The collaboration with Arduino sought to inspire creativity, learning and invention with Makers and Students and development kits and software programming interface that make it easier for artists, designers and other do-it-yourself enthusiasts – who often don’t have technical backgrounds – to create interactive objects or environments.

The Galileo board and the Intel® Quark SoC X1000 by which it is powered were both designed in Ireland at the Intel campus in Leixlip, Co. Kildare by a team of 70 people. The design team is led by Philip Moynagh and Noel Murphy who have guided the project over the last 3 years from a mere idea to the very innovative piece of technology which is available today.

International Day of the Girl

On December 19, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.

The Day of the Girl is a response to an urgent problem facing our world today: the neglect and devaluation of girls around the world. On October 11 of every year, we see dynamic groups across the world (led by girls, of course) acting to highlight, discuss, celebrate and ultimately advance girls’ lives and opportunities across the globe. When girls come together to talk about what really matters to us, we can teach ourselves and other people–adults, boys, and other girls all across the world–new ways of thinking about gender issues, which will help us take action to take action to change the status quo.

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Some of the participants of the Robotics workshop are pictured at the ‘Galileo Girls’ event hosted by Intel,  CoderDojo DCU and TOG, the Dublin Hackspace

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Ciara Whelan aged 8 from Lucan working on a Guzman Box pictured at the ‘Galileo Girls’ event

Further images can be found here: Galileo Girls – an album on Flickr


Further Information

About TOG

TOG is an non-profit makerspace founded in January 2009. It aims to develop an inclusive community interested in the pursuit of innovation in science, technology, modern culture, and creative arts. It is a shared space where members work on projects in an creative environment that is both inspiring and supportive of both new and old technologies. www.tog.ie

About CoderDojo

CoderDojo is a global network of volunteer-led, independent, community based programming clubs for young people. These young people, between 7 and 17, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology. In addition to learning to code attendees meet like minded people and get to show off what they’ve been working on.

There is a focus on community, peer learning, youth mentoring and self led learning with an emphasis on openness, helping others and showing how coding is a force for change in the world. CoderDojo makes development and learning to code a fun, sociable, kick ass experience. www.coderdojo.com

About Intel

Intel is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices.


Additional information about Intel is available at:

Web – intel.ie |  Twitter – @Intel_IRL  |  Facebook – Intel Ireland


Media contact: Sarah Sexton sarah.sexton@intel.com  | + 353 1 606 8537


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