Microsoft's DigiGirlz program teaching girls about technology

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Updated: 7/31/2014 9:54 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- For more than a decade, Microsoft has been working to get more girls interested in technology through a program called DigiGirlz.

This is the fifth year for the Reno event. In that time, it has grown from dozens to hundreds of participants.

"Technology is everywhere," Microsoft spokeswoman Kerri Garcia said. "It's needed. It's not going away. It's not getting smaller. It's getting bigger."

But Garcia said the number of women in the field is not growing fast enough. "They don't think they would like it, because they don't see many girls doing it," Cameron Lewis, 13, said.

These girls say that needs to change. "It's important for girls to learn things like this, because computers are important no matter what field or job you're in," Lillie Pennington, 12, said.

"If you don't get into it, then the guys are going to think they can rule the world," Addison Woelfle, 12, said.

Microsoft wants more women making the rules. "You want a little bit of everybody at the table when you're making decisions, when you're talking about innovation," Garcia said.

So the DigiGirlz are doing everything from building apps to learning entrepreneurship.

Garcia hopes this day of fun has long-lasting effects. "It's just inspiring them, educating them and letting them see the opportunities that they can do whatever they want, be whatever they want. The opportunities are endless."

It seems to be working. "I'm having lots of fun and I think it's just something I'll always be interested in," Lewis said. "So I think I will come back."
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