The Northern Sydney Institute (NSI), part of TAFE NSW, and Cisco, are joining forces to inspire more than 100 young women to challenge stereotypes and pursue a career in IT. NSI has teamed up with Cisco to host its Women Rock IT event, as part of the International Girls in ICT Day on April 23.

The event will host more than 100 young women from the Northern Sydney Institute, Bradfield College, local high schools as well as girls and young women from the wider community to a speech by one of Cisco's engineers, Vanessa Sulikowski.

She will talk about how women, such as herself, have turned a passion for technology into a rewarding and successful career. The event will also comprise of discussions, speed mentoring and the opportunity for young women to network and meet with successful female IT professionals. According to Cisco, the event aims to raise awareness about the career possibilities for young women in IT and encourage more female participation in the industry.

It's also part of Cisco's new AUSTEM 2020 program, which aims to train more than 100,000 tertiary and school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills over the course of five years.

The event will take place at The Northern Sydney Institute's St Leonards campus on April 23, between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

More to follow.

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