Girls ‘hack’ for empowerment
‘Be bold for change!’ This was the theme for International Women’s Day celebrated last month across the world.
On April 27 as we prepare to celebrate the International Telecommunications Union’s ‘Girls in ICT Day’, girls and young women across three Caribbean islands are being encouraged to be just that! In a move to empower girls from innovation to impact, the girls will participate in a regional one-day “Hackathon” held simultaneously in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. The initiative is supported regionally by Platinum Sponsor, Scotiabank and Gold Sponsor LOOP and locally by Gold Sponsor Sagicor Life in partnership with the University of the West Indies.
In Barbados, the event will be held at the University of the West Indies from 9:00 am – 4:00 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend at no cost. Endorsed by the Ministry of Telecommunications this ingenious event gives girls a chance to use and more importantly experience ICT in a fun, accessible and educational way. Participation in the event is hoped to encourage more girls and women to pursue studies and careers in ICT.
The inaugural year participants will represent high schools, colleges and universities. Young women from these institutions will be engaged in several technology activities, namely: mobile app building, animation, robotics, digital video production and digital art works, and web development. The event features over 25 local and international speakers and over 200 live participants and guests.
Divided into 25 teams of four to five students across the three islands, the young women will also benefit from the technical guidance and support of local and international mentors who will guide them through the challenges, problem-solving, and encourage them to not only be users of technology but creators! Mentors will also be streamed throughout the day giving inspirational messages of support, which will be seen by the participants and viewers who log on to the ITU portal URL: http://www.itu.int/girlsinict
Since the start of the initiative, the ITU Girls in ICT Twitter account has surpassed the half a billion mark with persons engaged by using the #GirlsinICT. Over the last six years, over 240,000 girls and young women have taken part across 160 countries, significantly succeeding in bridging the gap of gender representation in the ICT field.
Join them in envisioning a new future for our Caribbean girls!
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@GirlsICTCbbnH,@ITUGirlsInICT, #GirlsinICT, #WomeninTech