|Stepping in. Stepping out. Standing back. The student as co-creator. |
by Mary Carty
What happens when you bring 115 girls from 6 countries together in a
huge red brick house in London? Invite the best minds in the industry to share
their experiences and mentor them. Add in lots of food, fun activities, site
visits, maths memes, sing-songs and plenty of hot chocolate? What do you get?
This is the story of why we founded the very first Incubator for girls
in STEM in the world. Working with girls aged 11-22 who are passionate about
STEM was a life changing experience for all of us. I will share some lessons we
learned, the immediate impact of the programme and what happened next. I will
also show how it has informed my new role with Blackstone LaunchPad at NUI
Sometimes dreams come true; all it takes is the first bold step.
Mary Carty is the Executive Director of
Blackstone LaunchPad at NUI Galway. Over the past decade, she has founded two
successful technology start-ups and been nominated for an Interactive
BAFTA. She has worked extensively internationally across the public,
private and non-profit sectors as a program developer, keynote speaker and
lecturer in Ireland, the UK and Scandinavia.
Mary is the cofounder of Outbox
Incubator, the first ever Incubator for girls in STEM aged 11-22, launched by
HRH Princess Anne in March 2015. Outbox worked with 115 girls from 6
countries London with 35 companies established. Her contribution to
the industry has been recognised; Image Magazine Business Woman of the Year
Award finalist for Social Entrepreneurship and listed on Ireland's 'Talented
38' and 'Sci-Tech top 100'.
Mary has served on the Board of The
Irish Internet Association and is an advisor to STEMettes. She is a passionate
advocate for women in STEM and is an experienced startup mentor and advisor.
Follow Mary on Twitter @MaryCarty.