Project Prep is a novel about the wonders of working in tech, aimed at girls and young women. The project is an initiative of Inspiring Fifty. A non-profit that aims to increase diversity in tech by making role models more visible.
Technology means possibilities, innovation and creativity. A lot of young girls have a totally different view on tech though. They think it is boring and difficult and they don’t see how it would fit in their future. That is why we want to create a role model for them, one they can relate to, that can bring the possibilities of tech to live and make it relevant for them.
Early in live girls are making important decisions about their education and by not choosing STEM subjects they will impact their future without consciously choosing. It limits their individual potential and the choices and opportunities they will have later in life. They deserve all the opportunities and should know there are no limitations to their dreams.
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The book’s Dutch edition was launched with the support of Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, where it is a best-seller with over 35,000 copies sold. Project Prep has become a movement in its home country and now aims to do the same in the UK to inspire and empower girls to work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
JannEke Niessen, Creator
Janneke is a serial entrepreneur and currently co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Improve Digital, a leading European marketing technology firm. She also invests considerable time serving as a member of company (advisory) boards, she is a mentor for start-ups, and she is active as an angel investor. Janneke is co-initiator of InspiringFifty, an initiative that aims to increase diversity in tech by making female role models more visible. As part of the InspiringFifty initiative, Janneke has published Project Prep, a novel for young girls in conjunction with an award winning child book’s author. The goal of the project is to encourage young girls, inspiring them to pursue a career in technology and invest in an educational foundation focusing on math and computer science. Janneke is member of supervisory board of UNICEF, advisory board member of FutureNL, member of the investment committee of Innoquarter and she writes a column about technology for LINDA. Janneke was named 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Most Innovative Leader in 2016, two of many in a long list of honors for Janneke in her time with Improve Digital.
Niki Smit, Author
Niki Smit is the author and illustrator of the wildly popular 100% series. Girls are massively crazy about the creator of the 100% books. She won the Hotze de Roos prize for her debut book 100% Nina. Almost al of her books were nominated for the Dutch Childrens' Jury Prize, she got the award for her books 100% Coco and 100% Coco Paris. 100% Coco is sold to Germany (Ravensburger). 100% Coco is made into a movie by Dutch Filmworks and Nickelodeon and will be playing at de cinemas this summer. Niki loves drawing, fashion and Paris.
Josselin Bijl, Illustrator
Josselin is a frequently requested name for several offline and online magazines as beauty-editor, designer, coordinator and illustrator. Her illustrations are drawn with pen and marker and completed with ecoline and published in magazines, online platforms and books. Josselin studied design and styling at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute where she developed her love for online media and technology. Josselin’s style is refined, feminine and catchy.