I would love to encourage more, young women to pursue a career in technology. To do this, I’ve written a book. Here is a bit about it:
She’s Building A Robot is a 43,000-word middle-grade novel aimed at girls and focused on technology.
AZ, the protagonist, is smart but has hidden her talents. She is pressured to enter a school robot building competition against the school’s rich boy. Her first robot goes wild leading her to a wonderful female mentor. She convinces a techy-girl and a quirky non-gender student to join her team. By working hard, solving puzzles and dealing with disasters like being hacked and a robot crash, they bring Ada to life.
The big finale is the three-day robot competition which includes rapping, solving riddles and a dangerous obstacle course. AZ is initially not confident leading or taking action but becomes tough and decisive in the end. Along the way, she builds friendships, character and skills for technology and leadership.
Any support or ideas for how we can provide more good role models for young girls around technology would be greatly appreciated.
I have so many people to thank for this book that I have made a list. (If for some stupid reason I have left you off, you know me well enough to know that it’s my carelessness not my lack of appreciation which is the cause… feel free )
Karen Liubinskas – my wonderful wife who has put up with over 14 months of this shenanigans. Plus she read it.
Lucy and Grace – for being an inspiration for me to write it and always supportive.
Sam my son – for being the first person under 20 to read it fully and give me good feedback.
Caty Germon – full proofreading and marketing support.
He is an Australian living in Silicon Valley, USA. He’s a lifetime geek who teaches women, students and companies around the world to be innovative and entrepreneurial.
He is wonderfully happily married with 2 daughters and a son. To keep up his vigor, Mick surfs, plays soccer in real life and paintball via virtual reality, does yoga, meditates and coaches his daughters soccer team.
He is a high profile speaker, with a business book that sold 5,000 copies. He is well known for quickly kickstarting new projects, products and companies with his infectious enthusiasm.
In high school, Mick won an award for a short story he wrote under exam conditions. Since then, writing has always been a part of his work, blogging since 2003.