Watch Robyn announce details for her TEKLA Festival 2016

The technology festival for young women returns this spring

Swedish pop starlet Robyn has announced the details of her TEKLA Festival, running spring 2016.

TEKLA is a festival of technology, music and arts, made for young women interested in digital arts and mediums. The festival – which takes place on April 9 at Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology – is the second in the series , which was originally reported to be a one off special in 2015.

TEKLA invites girls between the ages of 11-18 to discover more about experimenting with different types of technology through interactive workshops and talks. The idea of the festival is to make technological areas more accessible to young women. You can watch an introductory video – with Robyn and KTH president Peter Gudmonson – in the YouTube player below.

“We need to be persistent in efforts to reduce the gender imbalance,” says KTH President Peter Gudmundson in the above video. “It’s not enough to have a one-time event, so it is both exciting and important that we can hold Tekla Festival again this year.”

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Robyn says that while there are no quick fixes, “getting girls to be comfortable in technology” is essential if women are to have an equal stake in influencing our increasingly technological society. “Technology plays a huge part in how our society is developing right now, and it’s obvious that technology will be shaped by those who want to be involved with it. But this is a long process.”

Registration opens between March 1- 18 at the Tekla homepage,. A full program of event will also be available there.