Oracle Academy supports Girl’s Day 2024, The Netherlands

May 16, 2024 | 3 minute read
Danny Gooris
Regional Director, Oracle Academy, EMEA
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Girls' Day is an annual event where thousands of girls visit companies in science, technology and IT. On this day girls between 10 and 15 years old are encouraged to immerse themselves in the world of technology. Read about it on the VHTO website.

Wilfred Scholman, Country Leader Oracle Netherlands elaborates: “The percentage of women in technical roles in the Dutch digital sector dropped to 19% last year. This puts the Netherlands 3% below the European average. Meanwhile, the number of women in high technical positions in IT remains stuck at 13%, according to figures from the Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. Much too low, if you ask me. And yet, a diverse and inclusive workforce has been proven to enhance company performance. So, there's still a lot to gain…

The annual Girls' Day organized by VHTO, which aims to spark girls' and women's interest in STEM and ICT, is one such initiative where Oracle is more than happy to contribute. On April 11, at our offices in Utrecht and Amsterdam, we welcomed nearly 100 girls and their teachers. We introduced them to our company and the Oracle Race Data Experience Centre, offered workshops on big data and coding, and let the girls build their own social media app. Perhaps even more importantly, we introduced them to our female employees (and of course their male 'allies'), our own role models, and showed them that nothing is impossible in the world of tech and IT. In that regard, our doors are wide open. Always.

A special thanks to all colleagues who participated in this event. Your dedication and enthusiasm, along with that of the girls, made this day unforgettable! Let's continue striving together for the most fair, diverse, and inclusive workplace possible.”

Oracle Academy workshop

Oracle Academy supports Girls Day and this year provided the Coding in Alice workshop given at both the Utrecht and Amsterdam offices.

In Utrecht, Gracia van Meerbergen, Senior Consultant, and Debbie Boetzkes, Program Manager, Oracle Academy, hosted the workshop.

Debbie says:

“It was so much fun to host the Coding in Alice workshop. The girls were incredibly fast in picking up on the theory and they created amazing animations in just a short amount of time. Their enthusiasm and laughter made my day and I really hope we have been able to inspire them to start a career in tech. They definitely have the skills!”

Oracle Academy

The full workshop-in-a-box 'Getting Started with Java Using Alice' is available for free through the Oracle Academy program. Oracle Academy hands-on workshops make first experiences with computing fun and engaging for students while serving educators by leveraging best academic curriculum practices like project-based learning and assessment tools.


Suitable for students in late primary school grades and secondary school, Oracle Academy workshops provide educators with the opportunity to:

  • Ensure that the introduction to computing is fun and appealing
  • Incorporate computing into the teaching of various academic disciplines
  • Offer a sample of computing to students through extracurricular programs and events

Java workshops introduce learners to object-oriented programming using game-based learning methodology, drag and drop interfaces to create 3D animations and 2D games and interactions with the Finch Robot.

Getting Started with Java Using Alice is designed for students with little or no programming experience and teaches basic Java programming concepts through developing 3-D animations in Alice 3.1.

Oracle Academy, Oracle’s global philanthropic educational program, is open to educators around the world to advance technology education, skills, innovation, and diversity and inclusion.

Interested in the Oracle Academy program and what it can do for you and your students? Read more at

Danny Gooris

Regional Director, Oracle Academy, EMEA

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