Robyn’s tech festival for teen girls

Liz Pelly

As the world of technology continues to be aggressively male dominated, feminist artists are continuing to come up with new ways to shift cultural norms. We talked about this recently in our cover story on Wikipedia’s gender gap, along with the creative ways artists are opening conversations to encourage technical literacy amongst women. In related news, Robyn is launching a one-day tech festival for teenage girls ages 11-18, set to take place on April 18 in Stockholm, called Tekla. The fest will feature workshops of electronic music, game development, programming, robotics, 3D printing and more. “Tekla is a festival for girls, in which they get to sample different areas of future technology in what I believe will be a fun and imaginative environment,” Robyn said in a statement. “I thought of KTH’s motto, ‘science and art’, and wanted to do something to inspire girls who are curious about technology, while at the same time highlighting that too few women are applying to KTH programs.” By KTH she means the KTH Royal Institute of Technology. The Institute awarded Robyn with the ‘Great Prize’ in 2013, which requires recipients to run a university seminar, but instead Robyn is expanding those requirements by coordinating this entire event. She’s also performing at the event. More information can be found at the official Tekla site.

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