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InspireHer! Challenge and Inspire Her Brilliant Young Mind.

An event for mothers and daughters.

Monday 13th February 2017 from 9:45am to 4:30pm

Year 7 (11-12 year old) female students at UK state schools in the Oxfordshire area.


InspireHer! aims to increase girls interest and curiosity in Computer Science by introducing coding in a fun and interactive way. Not enough girls are getting into STEM, we set out to change that by:

- Making parents aware of the need to motivate their daughters to pursue a career in technology.

- Provide the resources and advice to parents on how to nourish their daughter's curiosity and interest in Computer Science.

- Encourage parent and daughter collaboration in coding projects to provide a relatable role model.

InspireHer! supported by Google and University of Oxford's Department of Computer Science bring you an exciting day, with plenty of hands on activities and exciting coding challenges for mothers and their daughters. Activities will include:


This event is open to mother and daughter teams from the Oxfordshire area. Daughters need to be in Year 7 (age 11-12) at a state school. No experience is necessary from mother or daughter, but students should have an interest in maths or science. We are aiming to offer places to a maximum of two students at any one school.

When and where

Department of Computer Science, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QD, Monday 13th February, 2017 from 9:45am to 4:30pm. Booking essential.


How much does the event cost?

This event is free. Attendees should bring their own packed lunches. There is no canteen available on site. Attendees will also need to organize their own transport to Oxford. (See below).

How do I book?

Bookings are now closed. Bookings closed on Monday 30th of January 2017 with registration confirmation notifications for successful applicants sent out on Wednesday 1st February 2017.

Do attendees need to have studied computer science or ICT to attend?

No, we don't expect any previous knowledge. All we ask for is enthusiasm to learn, and an interest in either Maths, the Sciences or Computer Science.

A student's mother can't attend the event, can a student bring another family member?

Yes, for any reasons the student’s mother is unable to attend, the student is welcome to bring an adult family member.

How do I get to the venue?

The Department of Computer Science - Wolfson Building - is on the corner of Keble Road and Parks Road in the St Giles area of Oxford — maps and directions can be found here. Please use the No. 7 Keble Road entrance, labelled "OERC". We strongly recommended that you use public transport, if at all possible. If you do travel by car or minibus, please note that parking in the city centre is very limited. There are several Park & Ride bus services which run from car parks on the outskirts of Oxford. If you are brining a minibus please note the Council's pages on access for High Sided Vehicles at Park and Rides.

Who are the organisers?

InspireHer is an initiative supported by Google, run by Anita Borg Scholarship 2016 recipients. It was created to introduce Computer Science to girls at a young age, breaking down stereotypes that tech is for boys. InspireHer! Oxford event is organised by Google Anita Borg Scholar and DPhil student Bushra Alahmadi . Lectures and tutorials will be given by Bushra Alahmadi and DPhil student Alina Petrova. The Department of Computer Science at Oxford University is home to a range of graduate and undergraduate degree courses, and internationally significant programmes of computer science research.

What should I bring with me?

A packed lunch. (Tea, coffee and juice will be available free of charge.) There is nowhere on site to purchase food, and there won't be enough time in the busy schedule to pop out and buy food. Something to make notes with would be useful. As part of the day you'll take a college tour. It will take about an hour, so sensible shoes should be worn, as you will be walking to the college and back (even if it is raining) during this time.

Do I need to come really smartly dressed?

It's entirely up to you. It's going to be a long day, so the most important thing is that you're comfortable. As part of the day you'll take a college tour. It will take about an hour, so sensible shoes should be worn, as you will be walking to the college and back during this time.

I've got a question — who do I talk to?

Please contact:

Please note the organisers reserve the right to change the programme without notification or to make alterations to the advertised details for the day at short notice.