The ninth International Day of the Girl Child, which will take place on Oct. 11, recognizes the unique challenges girls face in the fulfilment of their human rights and their empowerment. Ubisoft Montréal wants to acknowledge this important date in order to contribute to creating a more equitable and prosperous future for girls and future generations of girls.
Through initiatives created with their Ubisoft Éducation partners, Ubisoft’s studios in Canada are actively involved in local causes that introduce girls to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The goal is to encourage girls to imagine themselves in these fields with a future. We invite you to (re)discover a few of our initiatives—one of them may very well make a difference to a girl near you!
Introducing girls to coding
Earlier this year, on March 8, our employees invited a dozen of their daughters and nieces, ages 8 to 12, to a workshop on the basics of coding via our partner Kids Code Jeunesse.
Inspiring the next generation of women in tech
Technovation Montréal, a not-for-profit organization, aims to bridge the gap that exists between men in women in tech by encouraging girls to develop their entrepreneurial spirit, their leadership, their technical skills as well as their capacity to generate positive social change through technology.
On May 15, 24 teams of the 2021 cohort got together in front of a jury to present their mobile app prototypes, a special moment during which these girls ages 10 to 18 donned their tech entrepreneur hat to explain the product they developed over the last five months. All participants were supported by professionals from the tech industry, including Mariya Zinchenko, an IT dev at our Montreal studio. We are thrilled to be supporters of this initiative since 2016.
Encouraging our employees as mentors
We are also thrilled to have been able to contribute to the success of women in the industry via Academos, a not-for-profit organization that connects people ages 14 to 30 with the world of work through a virtual-mentoring application. We have been proud supporters of the initiative for four years, and, today, more than 60 mentors from the studios in Montreal, Quebec City and Saguenay help guide young people toward their dream job. Lately, five live videoconferences featuring mentors from our studios were broadcast on Academos’s social media; you can watch them here.