Saturday 22 September, 2018

Sagicor sponsors team in ‘Girls in ICT’ Caribbean Hackathon

For this year's international Girls in Information Communication Technology (ICT) Day activities, a Sagicor Life Inc-sponsored team will have the chance to explore the exciting possibilities for girls in technology.

Sagicor focuses heavily on the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) education across the region and therefore recognises the importance of this year's chosen activity – a Caribbean Hackathon. Sagicor Life Inc is a Gold Sponsor of the Barbados segment of the event, which is also being held simultaneously in Jamaica and Trinidad.

On April 27, young women from various Barbadian secondary schools and the University of the West Indies Cave Hill, will assemble at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business and Management to learn more about current areas of technology. They will get hands-on experience in activities such as app development, coding, robotics, animation, web development and programming.

"Girls in ICT is an important initiative not only for the individuals who participate but for regional industries and regional development."

This is the view of Susan Boyea, Vice President, Business Relationship Management at Sagicor. She explained, "Introducing more young women to the wide range of possibilities and careers in the IT sector will help to decrease the prevalent gender gap and promote diversity. From a holistic perspective, careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are expected to drive socio-economic development on a global scale and we in the Caribbean must position ourselves to take full advantage of that."

Bridget Lewis of Cotton Tree Consulting, the company which conceptualized the event, added, “We want girls to know that they have the power to chart their own course, in a more dynamic technology sector, which ultimately leads to enhanced productivity and innovation and better financial results.”

The Caribbean Hackathon is open to the public at no cost.