I WISH is an initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate young female students to pursue careers in STEM. STEM can change our world. We have so many world problems to solve – food shortage, climate change, pollution, ageing population. These will be solved through STEM if you help us harness the power of thousands of girls to shape a better world.
I WISH (Inspiring Women in Stem) features a conference and interactive exhibitions. The conference also feature workshops, daily keynotes and engaging talks by women and men who have seen the opportunities for a great career in STEM.
I Wish has grown over the past three years. When it started out I Wish took 1,000 female students to Cork City Hall, in year two I Wish increased it’s capacity to 2,000 girls and in February 2017 I Wish for the very first time took the event national reaching out to 4,000 girls over four days in Cork City Hall and The RDS Dublin. I Wish have a further ambitious goal to increase their student reach in 2018 and to increase their reach again to 5,000 students
The lack of female participation in STEM means we are leaving 50% of the talent pool behind. Changing this can solve the current skills gap in the industry
88% of Irish Adults believe a consistent supply of STEM graduates is critical to Ireland’s economic growth
71% of Irish Adults believe a investment in STEM will have a positive impact on job creation
Women are half the worlds working age population but generate only 37% of GDP