Empowering Future Female Leaders

October Competition Open!

TechGirl is a biannual competition that seeks to accelerate the imaginations, careers, skills and experiences of girls entering or considering entering the technology sector.

The Prize


Invite to Abbey Road

The winners will be invited to the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London, where they will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with our technology leaders. 


Inspirational Mentor

The winners will be partnered with one of the competition's official Mentors, who will be on hand to offer career advice and partake in a recorded interview.


Confidence training

The winners will receive confidence training from a top TV Presenter on the day to build their skills and help kickstart their careers.

We believe in the power of our community, to create better leaders for a better tomorrow. 

TechGirl is at the heart of this belief, as our community of inspirational female technology leaders from world-renowned companies come together to help support and nurture girls entering or considering entering the technology sector.

Girls between the ages of 16 and 18 at schools up and down the country will be asked to submit a creative idea on how technology can be used to improve schools and education.

The best entries will be invited to The Studio at Abbey Road Studios to meet their mentor and discuss their ideas, as well as arrange mentorship to help kickstart their careers.

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TechGirl Mentors 2023

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How to get involved in TechGirl:
October 2023

Deadline is 15th September 2023

  • Are you a 16-18 year old girl who wants to change the world?
  • Want to be mentored by one of the UK’s most influential female technology leaders?
  • Want to kickstart your career?


Enter TechGirl 2023 and you will have the chance to do all three!

We want girls to submit their ideas on how technology can be used to improve schools and education. We welcome creative thought in how you state the problem and show how you think technology can be used to solve that problem.

Perhaps learning from home over the last couple of years has highlighted an opportunity for technology to help connect students and teachers? Maybe technology can help  equalise the experience of students with different learning capabilities? Or is there a smart way with technology you've noticed that could make your school more sustainable?

You can submit a written Word document describing your idea, or you can submit a recorded video file with you explaining on camera your idea, or an audio-only file. Use whatever medium you feel most comfortable using.

Please see the rules at bottom of the page to make sure your submission falls within the guidelines.


Question: How technology can be used to improve schools and education? 

We welcome creative thought in how you state the problem and show how you think technology can be used to solve that problem.

TechGirl Winners 2022

TechGirl Winners 2022

TechGirl Winners: Gabriele ​​Strimaityte, Precious Boateng, Poppy Skinner, Imogen Cooper and Poppy Lenaghan each took home their very own TechGirl trophy.

On Tuesday 18th October 2022, the five winners of HotTopics’ TechGirl 2022 competition received their awards and attended the exclusive Studio event at Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium, where they met their mentors in person for the first time, as part of their prizes.

About HotTopics:

We are the leading C-suite community.

Through our global community of 15K inspirational C-suite business leaders, we create meaningful connections, share industry insight and set the agenda for business on a global stage.

The Studio at
Abbey Road Studios:

Fresh from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in 2022, The Studio at Abbey Road Studios 2023 is an opportunity for our community to connect with fellow leaders, share and learn insights, and be a part of the history of these truly innovative experiences.

Our community of CIOs, CTOs, CISOs, and digital and data leaders will shape the technology agenda in cutting-edge roundtable discussions, filmed at the iconic Abbey Road Studios.

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60+ Roundtable debates
200+ c-suite speakers
30+ Countries represented
1million+ views
1 million+
Views from our
global audience

Our advisory board

Our advisory board helps shape HotTopics' activities across the year, including The Studio.
Meet our advisory board:

Mark Chillingworth
Mark Chillingworth


CIO Editor

Joanna Drake
Joanna Drake



Freddie Quek
Freddie Quek


Times Higher Eduction

Eileen Jennings Brown
Eileen Jennings Brown



Les McCollum
Les McCollum


UChicago Medicine

Itumeleng Makgati
Itumeleng Makgati


Standard Bank Group


  • The deadline is 15th October 2023.
  • Entries can be submitted as written text, video or audio files. Written texts should not exceed 2000 words. Video and audio files should not exceed 10 minutes. 
  • Entries must be made by an England-based school, college, parent or guardian on behalf of the entrant, if the entrant is 17 years of age or under.
  • All entrants must be based in Great Britain and between the ages of 16 - 18 years old.
  • Each application must be original and unique to this competition, and must not previously have reached the final of any national or international competition. Plagiarism is prohibited.
  • The full list of the finalists will be announced to the community of technology leaders online and on social media.
  • By entering the competition entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these Rules.
  • By entering this competition, you agree to the condition that you will attend the TechGirl Awards Ceremony and present if selected.
  • Where students have collaborated closely with a company, the entry must clearly indicate how the company has supported the individual, how the company has contributed to the product build and design, and how the student has contributed to the final product.
  • TechGirl will treat information submitted to it for the competition purely for the purposes of running the competition. This information will not be provided to any third parties.
  • Schools, Colleges, Libraries and individuals registering for the TechGirl Awards agree to allow to reference their name(s) on the website and on other marketing material and to allow  to use any images for promotional purposes.