Welcome to InnovateHer <online>

We’ve been running tech educational programmes for over 4 years, reaching over 1,000 girls and non binary students in over 50 schools across the North West, teaching digital skills and inspiring the next generation to become Innovators.

We’re proud to be launching our online portal, so that students everywhere can now access our digital programmes from their own homes. We’re also working with partners across the region to provide devices to those who need them.

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The number of years we’ve been running Tech Programmes

1000+

The number of students we’ve reached to date

50+

The number of schools we’ve worked with across the North West

The Foundation Programme

During our Foundation in Tech For Good programme students will get a chance to work on real-world problems related to the Covid-19 pandemic, whilst being guided by an industry mentor from one of our partner organisations. Each week our inspiring mentors will coach their cohorts and set them challenges to complete. Students will be invited to submit their ideas into a competition to win a work placement in industry.

It’s a new virtual home for our education programmes

Students aged 13+ can be inspired through a number of cutting-edge technology courses, all designed in collaboration with industry.

We’re aiming to inspire

Our online courses are led by exceptional industry role models who provide extra coaching to the students online. This is how we’ve always worked in schools but now more than ever we think there is a need to connect young people with role models.

What Next?

The next cohort starts on 6th August 2020 and runs for 6 weeks, starting at 10am every week. Applications for this cohort will close on Monday 3rd August.

We have limited places in each cohort, so if you’re interested we recommend applying for your place now!

If you’d like to apply for a free place for your child, fill in our form. We will prioritise applications from those in receipt of free school meals and those from BAME communities, but everyone is welcome to apply. We’ll let you know if your child has secured a place as soon as possible.

If your child needs a device you can tell us on the form and we will aim to source one from our partner network.

Key Questions

The InnovateHer Online course is a 6 week programme for 13-16 year old girls and non-binary students wanting to learn tech skills and find out more about the industry. Our ‘Foundation in Tech for Good’ and ‘Gaming’ programmes have been designed and developed by key industry partners and experts. The programmes are a bitesize version of the longer course we’ve been delivering in schools for 4 years. Students on the Tech For Good programme will be creating tech solutions for people affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Students on the Gaming programme will be creating a game using ‘Dreams’ on the PS4. They will be mentored through the content by an industry expert.

Students will learn key skills required in the tech industry, which are not currently taught in schools. In the Foundation Tech For Good course, they will learn User Experience (UX) skills and how to approach the solving of a real-world problem using technology, in a Project Based Learning format (PBL).

The topics and skills we cover are:

Research and analytical – map out audiences and user groups and create empathy maps to better understand their needs
Ideation and design – coming up with creative ideas and solutions to help those affected by Covid-19 and producing sketches for the pitch
Teamwork and collaboration – working individually and collaboratively in a team to produce materials for a pitch
Presentation and pitching – students present their ideas using video to their Mentor and cohort
Confidence and self belief – interacting with other team members and pitching your ideas builds confidence!

Each student has the opportunity to submit their idea, which will be considered in the competition to win a work experience placement with one of our industry partners.

In a small online cohort of students, led and facilitated by an industry expert mentor, alongside the core InnovateHer team.

In this Online experience the students will be presented with a ‘brief’ – real-world problems which are related to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Through online weekly video calls with their Mentor and fellow students, the Mentor will guide students through how to solve / hack a problem using technology as a part of the solution.

To do this, the Mentor teaches students how to apply UX principles and methodologies which are currently used in industry.

Students will be required to attend a virtual meeting with their mentor once a week for 30 – 45 minutes. They will then be set a challenge to complete in their own time (approx 30 mins to 1 hour) which they report back on the following week. They may choose to spend more time on their competition entries too.

We will provide free places and we will prioritise those who cannot afford it and those from BAME communities (see the form link above to apply for this place and to find out more about the eligibility criteria).
If you would like to pay it forward and support a student to access a place, please contact us, or use the link above to donate.
We are also exploring partnerships with other third parties to enable us to provide access to devices so that the course is accessible to all. For instance, in Greater Manchester we are working with the Princes Trust to provide devices and dongles to students aged 14-16.

We are trialling different group sizes, but we’ll keep them small enough that the mentor can easily manage and facilitate the weekly sessions. Students have regular Q&A sessions with their mentor throughout the programme.

The winner(s) of the competition will be given a work experience placement at a partner organisation of InnovateHer.
Students can mix with other like-minded people from all over the UK during the programme.
Cohorts are kept small, to ensure an optimal learning experience.
Students are coached by an industry expert working in the tech and digital field.
Access to the InnovateHer login portal for resources throughout the programme.
We have a track record in delivering specialist education for girls and non binary students. All of our mentors are DBS checked, trained and have completed safeguarding certifications online.
Students can join a wider community of InnovateHers!

When you have applied for the course, we will email you whether you have been successful, and if so, a registration code to login to the portal. You can follow the link and set up a user account for your child. Everything you’ll need to know will be within the portal, including weekly lesson links and resources.
The first cohorts started in May. The next available cohort starts on 6th August at 10am, and future dates will be published on this page.
We only have limited places, so if you’re interested we recommend booking your child a place now!

Our community have kindly been donating and sponsoring places so that those who are eligible can access the course for free.

All are welcome to apply for a space. We want to reach a wide range of students, especially those who wouldn’t consider themselves interested in technology. We will prioritise applications using these criteria:

Whether your child is eligible for free school meals / pupil premium?
Whether your child is aged between 13-16?
Your postcode area – we want to have a wide geographic distribution amoungst those who have access to the course.
We will also prioritise applications from Black And Minority Ethnic groups and communities.

If you don’t have access to a suitable device for your child, we have partnered with the Princes Trust to provide devices in some areas, so please indicate this on the form. We can also provide WiFi access via dongles preloaded with a data allowance.

Follow the link above to apply.

Terms and conditions apply: The Princes Trust can only currently offer this in the Greater Manchester area. Do let us know if you are in need and live outside of this area, as we may still be able to help source a device for you via other partners.

The ownership of the students ideas, concepts and designs remains with them as the creators. We may share creations with our partners from time to time and publish them on our social media channels. If any of our partners or external organisations wish to progress with developing an idea, they will need to seek permission from us and the individual concerned first.

If you don’t have access to a suitable device for your child, we have partnered with the Princes Trust to provide devices in some areas, so please indicate this on the form. We can also provide WiFi access via dongles preloaded with a data allowance.

Terms and conditions apply: The Princes Trust can only currently offer this in the Greater Manchester area for those aged 13 – 16. In Merseyside it is limited to those aged 16+ only.

Do let us know if you are in need and live outside of this area as we may still be able to help source a device for you. We have other partners who can help and we are also working with Local Authorities to try to plug any gaps in provision.

All students have the chance to enter their ideas into our competition to win a work experience placement at one of our prestigious partner organisations.

Ideas, concepts, drawings and other creations will always be treated with respect and students will be credited and retain ownership of their ideas. See our FAQ on what happens to the designs submitted.

During the Tech For Good programme students will be guided through how to submit their work for judging, it will involve producing some sketches, written content and a short 1 to 2 minute film about their idea.

Thank you for asking! Please click on the link above to donate a place. It will take you to our secure payment gateway. We’ll then make sure that the place is allocated to someone in need and that they are also provided with a free device and internet access via our partners, if needed.

We’ll stay in touch with you to let you know when we’ve allocated your free place and keep you updated.

It was amazing. I had so much fun learning about the tech industry and making new friends. The tutors were fab, I’m going to miss it!

Student 2017

My mentor really inspired me and taught me lots of new skills and more about how important technology is in the real world.

Student 2019

Thank you so much for running this course. My daughter learnt lots of new skills and was really motivated to find out more about careers in tech.

Parent, 2019

Life in the classroom!

We are proud to be partnering with the Co-op Academies Trust. They are supporting students from Co-op Academies across the North West to participate in our first online cohorts.

InnovateHer exists to:
Get girls ready for the tech industry, and the industry ready for girls.

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