Tech Jam, Tec Girls, Open Tech Challenge and a Mission to Mars

Tec Girls Live

A group of mainly women (and some very supportive men) who work in tech, wanted to set out to show young girls in Cornwall that technology & engineering is a girl thing. The project is supported by Software Cornwall, in alignment with their education outreach goals. We’ve decided to start small with a website, an event, a magazine and a report.

Our website’s goals is to provide a reference hub filled with ideas and events to help support girls and their parents. We will be promoting the existing free digital, creative, engineering and technology clubs and opportunities to girls across Cornwall. With a key goal of increasing the amount of girls to take part in these activities.

The event will be in Truro called TECgirls Live on the 4th of April. Supported by the Cornwall Technology, Engineering and Creative sectors, this day will be dedicated to inspiring girls and giving them a chance to play and explore. Our core aim for the day is to help girls see that this is something they can do, that they are good at it, and that is it something they could consider for their future. To support this we will be joined by a number of the clubs around Cornwall as well as the colleges and Universities, who will be sharing how girls can get level-up their tech skills as they get older.

More info at:

Work Experience – Easter 2020

The next Mission to Mars has been launched. The Software Cornwall work experience will take place from 30th March to 2nd April in St Austell. If there are any students of 14 years or older who wish to discover what it is like developing code as a professional then this is for them.

The Mission to Mars work experience program is designed to provide a realistic experience of being a software developer. Working in teams, participants are supported in completing a set of incrementally difficult tasks, each built upon the abilities of the robots. Industry professionals join us throughout the week to coach participants, helping to develop problem-solving skills and writing quality software.

Applications can now be made…/

Also there is a video explaining the Missions on YouTube at:

Open Tech Challenge – March 21st

Each term since last Summer has seen an Open Tech Challenge. Literally open to anyone with a tech project to tell the world about. Or those of us in Cornwall anyway. If there is a digital project at the planning stage, partially built or completed we would like to hear about it.

The Open Tech Challenge is an opportunity for makers to show off their projects to others with the chance of gaining some support from either a professional or being given some hardware to make the build go further.

Free tickets and further information can be found at:…/

Tech Jam March 14th

The monthly Tech Jam will be at Cornwall College in Pool on Saturday March 14th at the Student Central space.

This free and open to all to attend from 10 o’clock until 1pm.

The Tech Jams give everyone an opportunity to come along and have a go at coding a computer. No experience necessary and we provide everything you need.

We are also happy to help with questions about careers in the industry, studying and helping parents who have a child interested in computers.

There is plenty of free parking right outside the door too.

More information is available at