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Publication date: Spring 2018
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Inspiring the next generation of women in tech

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.

Project Prep tells the story of four 13-year-old girls as they begin to discover new worlds: technology, entrepreneurship and learning how to code. It's a story about technology but also friendship, love, fashion, NY and all other things in the life of a 13-year-old. The girls come across all the challenges, setbacks and successes any technology entrepreneur faces. But most importantly they discover how magical working in technology can be — that amazing feeling that comes from seeing an idea become a reality, something you can actually use and that is impacting other people’s lives for the better.


The project is an initiative of Inspiring Fifty and a joint effort of serial technology entrepreneur Janneke Niessen and best-selling children’s author Niki Smit, with illustrations by famed artist Josselin Bijl. This is a non-profit initiative and the funds that will be made with the book will be used to further support the activities to increase diversity in technology.

Project Prep is a book aimed at girls and young women, providing visible role models to highlight the wonders of working in tech.

"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 life and make it relevant for them." - Janneke Niessen, Creator of Project Prep

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.


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Janneke Niessen, Creator
Janneke is a serial technology entrepreneur and in her current role is co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Improve Digital. Next to that she is active as an angel investor, board member, mentor for start-ups and co-initiator of Inspiring Fifty. Janneke regularly speaks at events about entrepreneurship and digital marketing. She has been named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 1 of many awards and nominations. On a personal level Janneke is a strong advocate for coding and entrepreneurship at schools. Janneke is a member of the supervisory board of UNICEF and writes columns about technology for a popular women’s magazine in the Netherlands: LINDA.

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 all of her books were nominated for the Dutch Children's' 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 the cinemas this summer. Niki loves drawing, fashion and Paris.

Josselin Bijl, Illustrator
Josselin is a frequently asked 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.

Project Prep tells the story of four 13-year-old girls as they begin to discover new worlds: technology, entrepreneurship and learning how to code. It's a story about technology but also friendship, love, fashion, NY and all other things in the life of a 13-year-old. The girls come across all the challenges, setbacks and successes any technology entrepreneur faces. But most importantly they discover how magical working in technology can be — that amazing feeling that comes from seeing an idea become a reality, something you can actually use and that is impacting other people’s lives for the better.

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Millie Balch
Millie Balch asked:

Hi Janneke. I was lucky to see you in action at the SWE Conference in Amsterdam. I am an engineer but also mum to a 12 year daughter who I think would very much enjoy your book. I have opted for the make your mark option and would like an idea of how long will it take to receive the book. I would like to use the book to promote the project at her school and within Honeywell, the company I work for.
Many thanks, Maxine Balch

Janneke Niessen
Janneke Niessen replied:

Sounds great! The books will be ready september latest. If you send me an email we can also look at Some other options. J.niessen@improvedigital.com

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