Tekla workshop and dialogue

Tekla isn’t a girls’ tech festival. It’s simply a tech festival that invites girls.

The gender employment gap in the technology sector is impossible to ignore. The lack of women in technology roles contributes to a vicious cycle where other young women are deterred from entering the industry due to a lack of inspiration, role models and support system.

Tekla workshop & dialogue is a toolkit addressing the challenge of underrepresentation of women in technology and ways of empowering girls and women by strengthening their roles and opportunities.

The Tekla workshop offers girls aged 11–15 the opportunity to learn about code and explore different tech gear in an environment where all roles are available to them. They get to meet female role models and their confidence and curiosity towards the world of technology can grow.

Through this toolkit the Swedish Institute collaborates with KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Swedish Embassies and Consulates around the world in the international version of the Tekla project. The aim is to build on Sweden’s commitment and efforts to contribute to global gender equality and the full enjoyment of human rights by all women and girls.


Manual for toolkit Tekla Workshop Dialogue (for embassies and consulates)

Manual for workshop leaders can be ordered from contact person.

Building blocks

Material overview

Separate PDF:s with material in the material overview can be ordered from the contact person.

Communication materials

Power Point Presentation – Tekla Festival

Film for social media (download)

Gif for social media 

GIF for social media

Inspirational Stories

Financial support

Applications for projects in April to December 2023

Due to the extraordinarily high number of toolkit applications, and a limited budget, we are unable to grant any further financial support for toolkits in 2023 with the exception of toolkit applications with following purposes:

– Higher education promotion
– Sweden alumni relations
– Sweden 500 celebrations (maximum of 5 000 SEK)
– The Nobel Prize (a limited numer of applications)
You can of course also use all material on sharingsweden.se but without funding from us.

Swedish embassies and consulates may apply for financial support of maximum SEK 40,000 for production of the printed material, language translation and travel costs and remuneration for Swedish guest speaker(s). Part of the sum applied for should be used for inviting Swedish guest speaker(s).

For projects aiming to strengthen cooperation in the Baltic Sea Region the level of financial support is limited to a maximum of SEK 100,000. Up to 30 per cent of the granted sum may be used for external project management.

Initiatives that include the exhibition in combination with lectures and/or workshop will be prioritised.

How to apply

To apply, please fill out the application form.

The application must be sent in at least two months before the event. Resources are limited and financial support may not be available at the end of the year. Limits may apply.

By filling out the application form you agree to respect the copyright agreement for the images.

Individuals or organisations who would like to show the exhibit should contact the Swedish embassy or consulate in your area.

How to report

After completed event, fill out the project report for toolkits.

If more than 10 per cent of the total grant has not been used, then the full amount of unused funds must be repaid to SI. Repayment shall be via UD EKO. When repaying, enter the project’s registration number (available in the agreement) and the name of your organisation in the notification field and notify the project manager in question.

Contact at the Swedish Institute

For more information, please contact  Ulrika Rosvall.