High Tech Camp
DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls, works to dispel stereotypes of the high-tech industry.
High Tech Camp
About DigiGirlz High Tech Camps
During the camp session, the girls listen to executive speakers, participate in technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn through hands-on experience in workshops. Established in 2000, the camp program continues to grow and evolve.
- 2016 U.S. DigiGirlz High Tech Camp LocationsCamp DatesEligibility Requirements and Registration
- Lehi, UtahFebruary 24-25, 2016Event complete
- Washington DCMay 18-19, 2016Event complete
- Charlotte, NCJune 14-16, 2016
- Fargo, NDJune 14-16, 2016
- Reno, NVJuly 21-22, 2016
- Redmond, WAAug 1-5, 2016Registration closed
- Las Colinas, TXAugust 9-10, 2016
- 2016 International DigiGirlz High Tech Camp LocationsCamp DatesRegistration and Contact Information
- Sarajevo, BosniaMarch 17-19, 2016Event complete
- High Tech Camp F.A.Q.
- Q. How do I apply to attend a camp?A.Microsoft accepts high school girls on a first-come, first-served basis. High schools can request to register girls for a DigiGirlz Camp in their city by using the contact or registration information provided next to the city name in the list on this page. For general questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. An individual girl who is currently in high school is welcome to register for a DigiGirlz Camp in her area by using the contact information provided in the list on this page or by sending an e-mail message with her name, her city and state, and the name of her high school to email@example.com Release Forms. All students and parent/legal guardian (if under 18) must complete and sign a media release form in order to attend the DigiGirlz event. The form can be obtained by e-mailing the appropriate event location found above.
- Q. How much does the camp cost?A.There is no cost associated with the camp. Microsoft provides the camp free of charge for attending girls.
- Q. Is there a GPA requirement I have to meet to be accepted into the DigiGirlz camp?A.No. There is not a GPA requirement. However, you must meet specific age and grade requirements as outlined next to each camp in order to apply .
- Q. I have limited technical skills. Do you require a certain level of technical experience to attend a camp?A.No. The camp is open to girls of all skill levels. The camp provides hands-on workshops that are led by supportive instructors who can help you increase your abilities. For girls who may have already taken technology classes in school, the camp workshops will provide you with quick exposure to new technologies but may not go as in-depth as what you experienced in semester long courses.
- Q. If I don't live in one of the cities where camps are being offered, may I still apply and attend?A.Yes. All girls who meet the age and grade requirements for the camp are encouraged to apply. However, Microsoft does not provide lodging and transportation for the camp. It is up to you to make your own arrangements and pay for these expenses.
- Q. I don't live in one of the cities where camps are being offered. How can I get a camp started in my city?A.The camp locations are determined primarily by the location of Microsoft offices where Microsoft employees can participate in the planning and implementation of the multi-day events. Access to on-line curriculum has been provided on this site to enable individual girls or groups, who are not able to attend a camp, to learn some of the same things being taught in the camps.
- Q. I don't live in the United States. May I still apply and attend?A.Yes. All girls who meet the age and grade requirements for the camp are encouraged to apply. However, Microsoft does not provide lodging and transportation for the camp. It is up to you to make your own arrangements and pay for these expenses.
- Q. Is this an overnight camp?A.The camps are offered during the day only. The times may vary slightly by location. Microsoft does not provide lodging and transportation for the camp. Camp participants must make their own arrangements and pay for these expenses.
- Q. I will enter the seventh grade in the fall. Am I eligible to apply for the camp?A.You must be at least 13 years old at the time of application to be eligible, and you can apply only to camps that accept seventh graders (or the equivalent grade level in your country/region). Most of the camps are targeted towards students currently in high school.
- Q. I am a teacher. May I attend the camp to understand what my students are learning?A.It is up to each camp coordinator to determine if adult observers are allowed to attend the camp. Some camps have allowed teachers to observe the camp so that the teachers can encourage girls to engage in technology programs throughout the school year. Microsoft is not able to offer continuing education credits for teacher attendance at this camp. If you are a teacher and are interested in observing the camp, please send an e-mail message to DigiGirlz High Tech Camp Questions and include the location of the camp you would like to observe. You will be contacted if the specific camp allows observers.
- Q. I am a parent. May I attend the camp with my daughter?A.Generally, parents are not allowed to attend the camps. If a camp participant has special needs that require a parent to serve as a personal attendant during the camp, let us know. Some camps have a camp closing event that parents are allowed to attend. If that option is available, information will be provided during the camp acceptance process.
- Q. Why do the camps accept girls from specific target grades only and why do these grades vary by camp?A.There are several reasons why each camp focuses on girls from specific grade levels. These reasons include the number of girls a camp can accommodate, the required maturity level, and the content and complexity of the materials being presented.
- Q. Why don't you have camps for girls in middle school?A.DigiGirlz has chosen to focus primarily on girls in high school to introduce them to the considerable opportunities and career choices available in the high-tech industry. The goal is to solidify the link between school and work so that girls can make informed decisions during their high school and college years.
- Q. Do you have a camp for boys?A.No, we currently do not host camps for boys. The focus is on girls because of the following alarming statistics about girls in technology, from the NCWIT Scorecard 2010:Girls make up fewer than 18 percent of all Advanced Placement (AP) computer science test takers in secondary schools. This is the lowest representation of any AP discipline.Between 1983 and 2009, the share of computer science bachelor's degrees awarded to women dropped from 36 percent to 18 percent.In 2009, women held 58 percent of professional positions overall but fewer than 25 percent of software engineering positions.Women accounted for 9% of "IT Management" positions among 2008-09 Dice Tech Salary Survey respondents.Download the NCWIT Scorecard 2010 (Portable Document Format file, 8.92 MB)
- Q. What should I do if I have questions that aren't answered here?A.If you have more questions about the DigiGirlz camps, send an e-mail message to DigiGirlz High Tech Camp Questions. Because of the number of e-mail messages we receive regarding the camps, we will not address questions that are already answered on this Web site.
- Q. How do I apply to attend a camp?
Here is what some DigiGirlz had to say about their experiences at the camp:
"From the first day, I was blown away from the support that everyone gave at Microsoft and how much everyone truly wanted us to be there. Even in the short time I was at Microsoft I learned so much about technology, but more about how people can achieve professions that they love and enjoy. Everyone's enthusiasm about their professions inspired me to find what I love and pursue it. Not only in technology, but in life."
"I am now much, much more interested in technology-related careers. They are so much fun."
"I thought you had to be a geek to work here, but this camp changed my mind."
"It definitely had a positive impact on me. It got me inspired to get involved and really gave me confidence to live out my dreams. It gave me great ideas and I am so excited to continue on!"